Hey everyone! If you’re like me, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a hot and delicious pizza. But did you know that you can do so much more with pizza dough than just make ordinary pizzas?
Today, I’m going to show you all the amazing things that you can make with pizza dough. From appetizers to desserts (and everything in between), we’ll explore how versatile this simple ingredient really is.
So let’s get started!
I love making calzones with pizza dough! They’re like little personal pizzas, but better.
I usually start by rolling out the dough into a circle and adding some delicious fillings to it. You can get creative here – my favorite thing to do is mix together different cheeses, meats, and veggies that I have in the fridge.
It’s really simple too – just put them all on one half of the calzone before folding over and sealing shut.
These stuffed pizza pockets are so tasty, you don’t even need sauce for dipping – although feel free to add your favorite marinara if you want!
Plus they’re great for parties since everyone can customize their own. All you have to do is set out an array of ingredients and let people go wild creating their very own masterpiece. The possibilities are endless!
Calzones make a great snack or meal no matter what time of day it is. Not only are they delicious, but they’re also super easy to prepare.
What more could you ask for?
I was really excited when I realized that I could use pizza dough to make more than just calzones. Focaccia is a delicious Italian flatbread, and it’s surprisingly easy to make with pizza dough!
Grilled focaccia makes an amazing side dish or appetizer; the bread gets crisp on the outside while staying soft and fluffy in the middle. It also tastes great as part of a sandwich—just top it with your favorite meats and veggies for a light but satisfying meal.
For something extra special, consider making focaccia sandwiches instead of regular ones. The thick slice makes them heartier than most other types of sandwiches, while still being flavorful and filling. Start by prepping your ingredients; then brush some olive oil onto both sides of each slice before adding whatever fillings you like. Grill until crispy, then serve warm with a side salad or chips for an impressive lunch.
No matter how you choose to enjoy it, homemade focaccia is always sure to please! Once you get the hang of it, why not try experimenting with different flavors? Try sprinkling herbs into the mixture for additional flavor or using flavored oils in place of standard olive oil for even more possibilities.
I love making garlic knots with pizza dough. They’re super easy and tasty, plus you can make a lot of them at once! All you need is some fresh or pre-made pizza dough, butter, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes.
I like to melt the butter in the microwave first so it’s easier to spread over the dough before rolling out into thin strips. Then I sprinkle on the garlic powder and Parmesan cheese before tying each strip into a knot. Finally, they get brushed with more melted butter and sprinkled with parsley flakes for added flavor.
In addition to garlic knots, grilled pizzas are also delicious when made with pizza dough. The best part about this dish is that you can customize it however you want by adding your favorite toppings such as pepperoni, sausage or vegetables.
It’s simple to make too – just roll out the pizza dough onto a lightly oiled baking sheet and layer on whatever ingredients you have chosen before grilling until golden brown.
Pizza pockets are another great way to use up any extra pizza dough lying around. Similar to calzones, these little bundles of joy are filled with your favorite fillings like pepperoni, mushrooms or spinach and then baked until crisp on the outside but still soft on the inside – yum! You can even top them off with some marinara sauce for an extra burst of flavor after baking.
Moving on from Garlic Knots, another tasty option when it comes to pizza dough is making breadsticks. This classic snack can be made with a few simple ingredients and takes no time at all!
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out the pizza dough into long strips, then brush each strip lightly with olive oil or melted butter. Sprinkle them generously with salt and Italian seasoning before baking for 10-15 minutes until they’re golden brown.
Serve hot with marinara sauce or ranch dip and you have delicious homemade breadsticks in no time!
If you’d like something more than just basic garlic knots or breadsticks but still want to keep things easy, consider making cheesy parmesan twists instead.
Once again start by rolling out the pizza dough into thin strips of equal size. Then take two of these strips and twist them together, brushing them with either olive oil or melted butter as you go along. Finally sprinkle generously with grated Parmesan cheese, seasonings such as oregano, basil or rosemary before baking in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for 12-15 minutes until they are crisp and golden brown around the edges.
These savory twists make the perfect accompaniment to any meal!
And if that wasn’t enough already – why not combine both breadsticks and parmesan twists by making cheesy bread?
All you need to do is roll out the pizza dough flat onto an oiled baking sheet before spreading some tomato sauce over it evenly. Add desired toppings such as chopped herbs, pepperoni slices, diced vegetables etc., followed by shredded mozzarella cheese spread across the top.
Bake in a preheated oven at 425°F (215°C) for 15 minutes until everything is cooked through and nicely melted together – voila! You now have a scrumptious cheesy bread ready to enjoy straight away.
I love making stromboli with pizza dough. It is so easy to make and it always comes out delicious!
All you need for a classic stromboli is some pizza dough, your favorite fillings – I usually use pepperoni, cheese, onion and peppers – and some seasonings like garlic powder or Italian seasoning. You start by rolling out the pizza dough into a large rectangle then layer on the fillings.
Roll up the dough tight like a jelly roll, cut off any excess edges, seal it shut with an egg wash, sprinkle on some more seasonings if desired and bake in the oven until golden brown.
Strombolis are not just limited to traditional toppings though; you can really get creative when using pizza dough. Try stuffing them with BBQ pulled pork, macaroni and cheese or even Mexican-inspired ingredients such as seasoned ground beef and beans along with salsa or chimichangas sauce.
For something sweet you could try topping them off with Nutella spread or chopped apples and cinnamon sugar. There’s no limit to what kind of delicious creations you can come up with!
Pizza pockets are another great way to use up that extra pizza dough too. Simply put all your favorite toppings in the center of a piece of rolled out pizza dough, fold over one side onto itself to form a semi circle shape, press down around the edges to seal it shut then brush lightly with olive oil before baking in the oven until golden brown. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Should I Let The Pizza Dough Rise?
When making pizza dough, the amount of yeast you use and the consistency of your dough will determine how long to let it rise.
Generally speaking, if you’re using a small amount of yeast (1 teaspoon or less) in your dough, you should let it rise for at least an hour.
If you’re using more than 1 teaspoon of yeast, then letting it rise for two hours should do the trick!
Keep in mind that rising times can also be affected by temperature – so if your kitchen is particularly cold, you may need to give your dough a bit more time to rise.
Is It Better To Use Homemade Or Store-Bought Pizza Dough?
When it comes to pizza dough, it’s really a matter of preference.
Store-bought dough is usually more convenient and quicker, but homemade dough often has better nutrition and texture.
It all depends on how much time you have available and the type of flavor or consistency that you prefer in your pizza crust.
Dough nutrition and texture are important factors to consider when deciding between store-bought or homemade dough for your pizza.
What Temperature Should I Bake The Dishes Made With Pizza Dough?
When baking dishes with pizza dough, the temperature you should use will depend on a few factors. These include your oven type and the type of flour used when making the dough.
For conventional ovens, temperatures between 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal. If you’re using an electric convection oven, then 375-425 degrees is recommended for even cooking throughout.
When it comes to selecting flour types for your pizza dough, consider all-purpose or bread flour for best results.
How Can I Prevent The Dough From Sticking To The Baking Sheet?
Preventing pizza dough from sticking to the baking sheet is a common challenge for many home cooks. The key is to pre-heat your oven to the temperature specified in the recipe, and properly prepare the baking sheet before hand.
You can do this by lightly greasing it with oil or spraying it with cooking spray. Additionally, if you’re using store bought dough, let it rise for about an hour prior to stretching out on your prepared baking sheet – this will help prevent any sticking issues.
What Other Ingredients Can I Add To The Pizza Dough?
When it comes to adding other ingredients to your pizza dough, there are many options.
You can get creative with stretching techniques and use different flours for a unique flavor or add herbs, spices and even cheese before baking the risen crusts.
Adding garlic, onions, olives, peppers or sausage give you endless possibilities for delicious pizzas that will be sure to please any crowd.
Making dishes with pizza dough is a great way to get creative in the kitchen.
Whether you choose to use homemade or store-bought, it’s important to give your dough time to rise and bake at the proper temperature for best results.
Additionally, using oil or parchment paper can help keep your creations from sticking to the baking sheet.
Lastly, don’t forget that there are many ingredients you can add to jazz up your recipes!
From adding herbs and spices to fresh vegetables, you have endless options when it comes to making fabulous dishes with pizza dough.
So go ahead and try something new today – you won’t regret it!