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What can store-bought pizza dough balls become?

Can anyone help me out with ideas for alternative uses of pizza dough? I'm thinking sweet and savory..

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  1. Breadsticks
    Stuffed rolls

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    1. re: boogiebaby

      just tried a jalapeno ham mozz calzone!

        1. re: Jimbe

          Hi Jimbe, do you have a method of making these? thanks!

          1. re: helmut fig newton

            My local pizzeria just ties off little knots of the dough and bakes them. Once done i've watched as they add the knots, a generous pour of olive oil, a ton of chopped garlic and parsley, sometimes parmesan too, and then its all tossed together. Usually served with a side of marinara for dipping

          1. Sweet calzones with fruit jam and cream cheese
            Broccoli rolls
            Sausage rolls
            Egg and cheese calzone
            Monkey bread
            Pigs in a blanket

            +1 to garlic knots, tossed with lots of fresh parsley when done

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            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Tried the cream cheese and turned out great

            2. Deep-fried peanut butter and jelly dumplings.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                ipsedixit That sounds wild! do you have a recipe?

                1. re: helmut fig newton

                  If you know anything about, then you should know that I most definitely do not have a recipe.

                  But basically, cut your pizza dough into rectangular strips, spread some PB on one half, and jelly on the other half, leaving about 1/4 inch of clean edge, then just fold into dumpling shapes by pinching the edges together (use an egg wash to keep it together if you have to), then just heat up a skillet with some oil, and go at it.

              2. Dinner/sandwich rolls

                Edible soup or dip bowls

                Stuff with sautéed apples/ginger/cinnamon/brown sugar and bake then drizzle with caramel

                Stuff with dark chocolate and marshmallows, brush with butter; sprinkle top with coarse salt & graham cracker crumbs or add crushed graham crackers to the chocolate & marshmallow

                Use them to make empanada or a crust for pot pie

                1. There are fresh pastas made of bread or pizza dough, and it would be worth trying with your dough.

                  For "cecamariti" ("husband blinders") from northern Lazio:

                  Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a chickpea. Roll each piece between the hands into a spindle shape, that is, thicker in the middle and almost pointed at the ends.

                  It doesn't matter how long they are, but the more uniform the better. Boil them in salted water until they're comfortably chewy. A simple tomato sauce and grated pecorino romano would be perfect.

                  To make "cordelle sabine" (from the same area), pinch of walnut-sized pieces of dough for a longer pasta.

                  (Source: "Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way")

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                      1. re: mbfant

                        Now I'm going to have to go thaw out some frozen pizza dough just so I can try this!

                        1. I've made doughnuts with home-made pizza dough. Sprinkled with some mixed cinnamon and sugar, they were great. I gave some to neighbors who called back to say those were the best doughnuts they'd ever had (no doubt largely a matter of freshness).

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                          1. re: Bada Bing

                            we used to do this, loved them. If you're using frozen dough just be sure to not only thaw it but let it double in size before pinching off pieces and frying - otherwise they are too dense even though they will puff some when you start frying them.

                          2. Fried dough, you can top it with sugar & cinnamon, sauce & cheese, powdered sugar, plain, pesto the combos are endless.

                            1. Saw a recipe for savory monkey bread dipped in homemade marinara

                              1. I'm from PA ~~ Pepperoni Balls

                                Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet.

                                Punch down the dough, and divide it into 20 equal pieces about the size of a golf ball. Using your hands, flatten each piece into a small rectangle about 4 inches square. Place 3 slices of pepperoni down the center of each dough square, overlapping the slices. Place another row of 3 slices next to the first. Roll the dough around the pepperoni slices, pinch the edges closed, and place the rolls on the prepared cookie sheet.

                                Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for 14 to 16 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned and the tops are barely golden.

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                                1. re: laliz

                                  OMG, pepperoni balls. The fuel for keeping warm on many high school football nights in Erie. I am going to have to make some.

                                2. Sweet: trying rolling it out really thin and use it for cinnamon buns?
                                  Savory: roll around hot dogs and bake. Add in mustard/sour kraut before baking as you choose.

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                                  1. re: EllieS

                                    Ohhhhhh I make Italian Hot Dog stuffed bread with pizza dough. Bake the hot dogs and sauteed onions and peppers and french fries (or your choice of potato) inside the bread and bake........YUMMMMM !!!! (I also get a spicy hot dog for a little extra kick)

                                  2. Garlic Knots. Hot Focaccia rolls for sandwiches. Cinnamon rolls.

                                    1. Stromboli
                                      Pepperoni bread/peperoni rolls a'la PA style

                                      Stromboli using pizza dough is always a superbowl favorite year in and year out.

                                      1. My Filipino mother-in-law used to make ensaymadas with frozen dough. Just roll pieces of the dough into logs, then curl them up (morning-bun style) into buns. When they've risen and you're ready to bake, brush the tops with softened salted butter, sprinkle with a good amount of sugar, and—here's the cool part—sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese. The sweet-salty-buttery-cheesy quality of ensaymadas is pretty amazing.

                                        Here's a blogger's homemade version: http://sweetsamsations.com/2013/08/19...

                                        1. My favorite use for pizza dough is to make braided BREAD.
                                          The bread I make is a three-braid bread dotted with either fine diced prosciutto, salami, or mortadella. It's fun to make and even more fun to eat.

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                                          1. re: Cheese Boy

                                            Totally agree. I've done dinner ones and also a breakfast one with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese. I actually did a peanut butter and chocolate one too!

                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                              >> ' peanut butter and chocolate one too!' <<

                                              Very creative and genius IMO !! I love that combo.

                                              1. re: Cheese Boy

                                                Sprinkle some powdered sugar on it before you serve...YUM!

                                          2. Pretzels! I am actually eating a pretzel-dog made out of leftover pizza dough as I type this.
                                            I use a riff of Alton Brown's recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

                                            Pinch off dough, form into pretzel shape (or bites, or pretzel-dogs, or stuffed pretzels, whatever) and let rise. Boil a pot of water with about half a cup of baking soda in it. Put pretzels a couple at a time into the boiling soda water and allow to soak for 1 min, flipping halfway. I then remove the pretzel and allow to drain on a dish towel while I boil the next pretzel. Wash with a beaten egg and sprinkle on kosher salt. Bake at 400 for around 8 minutes (the darker = more "pretzel" flavor, lighter = more like a mall pretzel)

                                            1. Make French bread and use some of the pizza dough (like 20% of the total loaf) as pate fermentee (old dough) to add flavor to the bread.

                                              1. So are you making balls from the stuff that comes in a tube or do you mean something else? Our store bakeries don't sell dough in balls.

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                                                1. re: travelerjjm

                                                  Pizza dough in a ball. Some store bakeries sell it fresh or frozen. My store has it made by an outside company in the frozen section. Some pizza shops will sell it to you also

                                                  1. re: cheesecake17

                                                    Way cool! I'll have to ask if they have it as I haven't seen it. Does it come by the pound or quart or how?

                                                    1. re: travelerjjm

                                                      Pizza shops usually sell it by the ball. Not sure how much it weighs but it's not expensive- maybe $3

                                                      One local supermarket has frozen 20oz balls of dough for $1.50

                                                        1. re: travelerjjm

                                                          If it helps, my Kroger-owned store has it fresh in bags (outside company) over by stuff like hummus and guacamole and refrigerated pastas.

                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                            Ours is with the grated cheese and refrigerated tortillas...kind of near the cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc. The refrigerated guac and pasta is on the other side of the store. Funny how these things work!

                                                            1. re: jbsiegel

                                                              My store (shoprite) has it in both places, as well as in the fridge section with the store-decorated bakery cakes

                                                        2. re: cheesecake17

                                                          Pizza shops here in northern Indiana unfailingly refuse to sell dough balls. Not a big deal to me personally, as I make better dough anyway, but sometimes time is short. I wonder how owners size this up as a business question.

                                                          To sell, or not sell--that is the question. Whether 'tis more profitable in the long run to sell a damn dough ball, or, suffering the grunts and stinkeyes of random patrons, to say fuggedaboutit and thereby end them?

                                                          1. re: Bada Bing

                                                            safeway, TJ's, and Whole foods all have dough balls for just over a dollar each.

                                                            1. re: helmut fig newton

                                                              No Safeway or TJ's here. But Whole Foods opened a while ago...

                                                              To Whole Foods, or not to Whole Foods, that is the question...

                                                      1. <What can store-bought pizza dough balls become?>

                                                        The Pillsbury Doughboy? ;-).

                                                        1. These deep-fried Pizza Poppers from Kevin at Closet Cooking look pretty delectable.


                                                          1. When I was a kid in high school, one of my Italian friend's Mom used to make us Pan Fried Dough in a cast iron pan with Olive Oil. Both sides were cooked, then she would sprinkle sugar on it. For Savory, you could also add your favorite aromatic herbs.

                                                                1. re: bear

                                                                  Thanks bear- it was fun! made pepperoni rolls also, but they all exploded.

                                                              1. Kind of like some others have suggested but here are 2 that I've had on file.

                                                                Stuffed Pizza Rolls


                                                                Pizza Rolls...kind of like the monkey bread thing