Step Aside, Pizza Rolls, Because Pizza Buns Are In Town


By Cooking Panda

Totino’s Pizza Rolls and Ore-Ida Bagel Bites have been around for years, and DiGiorno finally has an answer: Pizza Buns.

Soft, golden brown and bubbling with rich cheese and zesty sauce are the company’s new snack, rolled up into miniature buns, cinnamon-roll-style, to be eaten by hand. The doughy snacks are brushed with pizza sauce and toppings, baked and eaten while hot, and they’re available in four varieties.

First is a standard yet bold pepperoni flavor, stuffed with pepperoni pieces, mozzarella cheese and DiGiorno’s chunky tomato sauce. I’d suggest dipping the bites in Ranch for a cooling contrast.

Bachelorette number two is a five-cheese variety, sporting Asiago, Romano, parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses in one convenient bite of crust. Share these with your cheese connoisseur friends.

Then we have spinach-artichoke buns, reminiscent of the popular dip and flavored with the green veggies and a three-cheese blend. They’d make a scrumptious gamed-day snack.

Last is an option for meat lovers only: the Italian-style supreme bun. Those bad boys pack Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, black olives, mozzarella, and green and red peppers into hearty dough bites. Sounds like dinner.

Pizza Buns mark DiGiorno’s first foray into the bite-size pizza market, and the online reviews are mixed. Some say the buns skimp on flavor, while others say the cheese and tomato sauce taste pretty pleasant. Some complain that the cheese isn’t gooey and melty enough, but that means, fortunately, that the sauce won’t burst and burn your mouth with every bite. Some say they’re not a very filling snack, but they’re easy to make and turn out well both baked and microwaved.

As for how much you might like them? It sounds like that’s something you’ll have to determine for yourself.

You can snag Pizza Buns in boxes of six for around $4 at your local supermarket. If you think you can master them better on your own, here’s a recipe for homemade pizza buns.

Looking for more creatively delicious ways to enjoy the marvelous flavors of pizza? Try our pepperoni pizza braid, pizza waffles or pizza wonton triangles

Photo credit: Pixabay

Tags: digiorno, frozen food, italian, Pizza, pizza buns, Pizza Rolls, snacks
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Listeria Outbreak Prompts Massive Frozen Food Recall


By Cooking Panda

CRF Frozen Foods is expanding its voluntary recall to include all frozen fruit and vegetable products produced in its Pasco, WA, facility since May 2014 due to possible Listeria contamination. 

As of April 25, all operations at the facility have been suspended, so a thorough review could be conducted.

The voluntary recall is being performed as a precaution in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and includes approximately 358 different products sold under 42 separate brands, according to a CRF Frozen Foods press release. Frozen kale, carrots, potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, peas and onions are among the long list of possibly affected products.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that “can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” reads the CRF announcement, as posted on the FDA website.

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”

According to the CDC, the government has already identified seven people from three states who have fallen ill and were later hospitalized due to Listeria. Reportedly, some of these illnesses were linked to the consumption of CRF-manufactured or processed products.

The CDC also reportedly informed CRF Frozen Foods that of these seven affected individuals, two later died. However, Listeria was not the cause of death in either of the two people.

All potentially affected products have the “best by” dates or “sell by” dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. All retailers who received the products have been contacted, and are complying accordingly with the recall.

As a precaution, consumers of the potentially contaminated products have been advised to return the purchased items to the store for a refund, or discard them. CRF has additionally invited consumers to call its hotline at 844-483-3866 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST weekdays for any questions or concerns.

Visit the FDA website here for the complete list of brand names, food items, and retailers subject to the recall.

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Tags: frozen food, listeria, recall
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