Uses for Refrigerated Pizza Dough

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Even if your package states that refrigerated pizza dough can only be used for pizza, there are actually many more options available to you. You can of course still make a pizza, with no end to the possible topping and sauce combinations, or you can be a bit more inventive. For example, you can use the pizza dough to create breadsticks, desserts or appetizers that are certain to wow any dinner guest.

Calzones

  • If you wish to stick to the pizza family, consider making calzones. Calzones are essentially pizza toppings contained inside a pocket of crust. You can use a variety of toppings and sauces inside a calzone. For example, you might combine barbecue sauce with onions, peppers and chicken or ranch dressing, chicken, mushrooms and broccoli for a delicious calzone. Alternatively, feel free to go back to the basics with a simple pepperoni and mozzarella cheese calzone.

Appetizer Pockets

  • Use pizza dough to make the perfect appetizer by creating a pocket out of squares of dough sealed together at the edges and filled with cooked vegetables. If desired, you can use cream cheese as a bonding agent within the filling. Think of vegetables that taste well together and will cook evenly in the oven for inclusion in the pizza dough. Onions, peppers, olives, mushrooms and broccoli are all perfect vegetable choices. If you want a more filling appetizer, try pairing chopped and cooked sausage or ham with different cheeses to create a mini-meat pocket.

Breadsticks

  • You can make delicious garlic breadsticks with refrigerated pizza dough by twisting the dough into strips, rolling the strips in chopped garlic and baking them for about ten minutes. Use a little olive oil to help the garlic stick to the bread. If you aren't in the mood for garlic, use olive oil and parmesan cheese to create cheesy breadsticks or try rolling the strips in dried and chopped rosemary and serving them alongside a bowl of hot soup.

Dessert Bites

  • Everyone loves the dessert bites, usually made with cinnamon and sugar, sold at many pizza joints. Save a little money by making them at home with refrigerated pizza dough. You'll need to cut the pizza dough into bite-size pieces, brush them with butter and sprinkle them liberally with cinnamon and sugar. For an added touch, try serving the bites with dipping sauces, such as vanilla, chocolate and maple sauces or thin icing mixtures.

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References

  • "Knead: Expert Breads, Baguettes, Pretzels, Brioche, Pastries, Pizza, Pastas, Pies"; Carol Tennant; 2001
  • "Pizza Cookbook: Pizza Recipes, Pizza Crust Recipes, Pizza Dough Recipes and Pizza Sauce Recipes"; Cain Marko; 2010
  • "Taste of Home: Appetizers: 325 Simple Party Foods"; Taste of Home; 2010
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