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Ball Park Buns

"Get all the flavor of pizza – without the hassle of making or buying pizza dough. You can split the buns in half along the fold to make appetizer-size portions, or you can leave the buns whole for mini-pizzas. These come together quickly, a bonus when time is short."
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30 m servings 516 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  1. To make the sauce, combine tomato sauce, garlic, 3 teaspoons herbs, paprika, salt and pepper in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. When sauce bubbles, reduce to a low simmer and stir. Cover and allow to simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Crumble Italian sausage in a pan and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Drain over paper towels. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Mix olive oil, garlic and 1 teaspoon herb blend in a small bowl.
  6. Open hot dog buns and arrange on sheet pans covered in foil.
  7. Separate buns in halves along the folds if you want to make 16 appetizers; leave whole if you want to make 8 pizzas.
  8. Brush the buns with the olive oil mixture.
  9. Toast buns in the oven for about 5 minutes, just until edges begin to brown.
  10. Remove pan from oven and spread each of the buns with the warm tomato sauce.
  11. Top with browned Italian sausage, pepperoni slices, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  12. Return pan to the oven and bake at 400 degrees F for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling.
  13. Serve garnished with fresh oregano leaves and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 516 calories; 32 g fat; 31.6 g carbohydrates; 24.5 g protein; 66 mg cholesterol; 1887 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Such a simple and fun way to make mini pizzas. Don’t skip the step of toasting the buns before adding the sauce/toppings. It makes all the difference. I used butter and garlic powder before toas...

These were delicious! I came in from a Boy Scout meeting with my kids around 7:50 and these were on the table by 8:30. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed them, including my two sons. There were no left...

The sauce recipe was eady and really tasty - full of flavor! We changed up the toppings some to fit what I had and what we enjoy (mushrooms, bacon, sliced sausage links) and added some colby jac...

I now, know what to do with those leftover hot dog buns! I am always trying to come up with lunch ideas that my homeschooler can help with and he loved this and thought it was funny the base was...

Really easy and a great way to use up unused buns. I used the Ball Park Tailgater buns, because that is what I had leftover. The sauce was good, but it's not my fave, so I'd probably just stick ...

Delicious! Kind of like a pizza/bread stick combo!

We liked these easy to make pizzas. I did add 1/2 tsp. of basil and 1/2 tsp. of honey to the sauce.

My husband and I enjoyed these easy pizzas, but there were a few glitches with the written recipe for me: 1) the sauce was too acidic and needed some sweetener added to it. 2) I had sauce, sausa...