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What can store-bought pizza dough balls become?

helmut fig newton Jan 21, 2014 04:22 PM

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

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    valerie Jan 30, 2014 06:34 PM

    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


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      helmut fig newton Jan 30, 2014 01:18 PM

      I've made a bunch of these! Put images up here: http://www.chow.com/food-news/145822/...

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        bear Jan 30, 2014 05:19 PM


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          helmut fig newton Jan 30, 2014 06:12 PM

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

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        fourunder Jan 28, 2014 09:56 PM

        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.

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          bear Jan 28, 2014 06:39 PM

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


          1. Antilope Jan 27, 2014 06:09 PM

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

            The Pillsbury Doughboy? ;-).

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              travelerjjm Jan 26, 2014 02:26 PM

              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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                cheesecake17 Jan 26, 2014 03:26 PM

                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

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                  travelerjjm Jan 26, 2014 03:28 PM

                  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?

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                    cheesecake17 Jan 26, 2014 06:14 PM

                    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

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                      Cheese Boy Jan 26, 2014 10:25 PM

                      No frills, dough balls look like this ... http://www.google.com/imgres?start=21...

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                        juliejulez Jan 28, 2014 05:00 PM

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

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                          jbsiegel Jan 28, 2014 05:52 PM

                          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!

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                            cheesecake17 Jan 28, 2014 06:20 PM

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

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                        Bada Bing Jan 27, 2014 09:16 AM

                        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?

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                          helmut fig newton Jan 27, 2014 03:37 PM

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

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                            Bada Bing Jan 28, 2014 10:01 AM

                            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...

                    2. Antilope Jan 23, 2014 06:45 PM

                      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.

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                        rauksu Jan 23, 2014 09:21 AM

                        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. Cheese Boy Jan 23, 2014 12:00 AM

                          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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                            jbsiegel Jan 23, 2014 09:24 AM

                            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!

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                              Cheese Boy Jan 23, 2014 11:37 AM

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

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

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                                jbsiegel Jan 23, 2014 12:52 PM

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

                          2. Jbirdsall Jan 22, 2014 10:38 AM

                            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...

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                              jjjrfoodie Jan 22, 2014 09:58 AM

                              Pepperoni bread/peperoni rolls a'la PA style

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

                              1. Savour Jan 22, 2014 09:27 AM

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

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                                  EllieS Jan 22, 2014 08:47 AM

                                  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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                                    jrvedivici Jan 22, 2014 09:10 AM

                                    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)

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                                      Jerseygirl111 Jan 28, 2014 04:31 PM

                                      Oh my yes.

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                                    laliz Jan 22, 2014 08:42 AM

                                    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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                                      barefootgirl Jan 22, 2014 09:39 AM

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

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                                      cheesecake17 Jan 22, 2014 07:54 AM

                                      Saw a recipe for savory monkey bread dipped in homemade marinara

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                                        treb Jan 22, 2014 07:48 AM

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

                                        1. Bada Bing Jan 22, 2014 04:18 AM

                                          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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                                            thimes Jan 22, 2014 06:36 AM

                                            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.

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                                            Jerseygirl111 Jan 21, 2014 11:45 PM

                                            Pepperoni bread
                                            Sausage bread

                                            1. mbfant Jan 21, 2014 11:12 PM

                                              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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                                                ttoommyy Jan 22, 2014 03:28 AM

                                                Best answer yet!

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                                                  helmut fig newton Jan 22, 2014 10:00 AM

                                                  that sounds fantastic!

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                                                    Isolda Jan 23, 2014 01:08 PM

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

                                                  2. Cherylptw Jan 21, 2014 10:04 PM

                                                    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. ipsedixit Jan 21, 2014 09:10 PM

                                                      Deep-fried peanut butter and jelly dumplings.

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                                                        helmut fig newton Jan 22, 2014 09:58 AM

                                                        ipsedixit That sounds wild! do you have a recipe?

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                                                          ipsedixit Jan 22, 2014 08:48 PM

                                                          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.

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                                                            helmut fig newton Jan 23, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                            Thank you!

                                                      2. Ttrockwood Jan 21, 2014 09:04 PM

                                                        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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                                                          awale12 Jan 23, 2014 01:10 PM

                                                          Tried the cream cheese and turned out great

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                                                          jbsiegel Jan 21, 2014 05:28 PM

                                                          Soft pretzels

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                                                            Jimbe Jan 21, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                            Garlic Knots

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                                                              helmut fig newton Jan 22, 2014 09:55 AM

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

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                                                                Ttrockwood Jan 23, 2014 06:39 PM

                                                                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

                                                            2. ttoommyy Jan 21, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                              Focacia with grapes and rosemary.

                                                              1. boogiebaby Jan 21, 2014 04:38 PM

                                                                Stuffed rolls

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                                                                  helmut fig newton Jan 26, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                  just tried a jalapeno ham mozz calzone!

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