Pizza Dough Variations
November 16, 2010 4:35 PM   Subscribe

What else can I make with pizza dough? I've tried pizza, focaccia, and pita bread. I can get it at a cheap price, so I want to use it in every way possible.
posted by leigh1 to Food & Drink (24 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Forgive me if you've tried it, but I've always been a pretty big fan of the Calzone.
Fill it with anything you like, I prefer hot peppers and broccoli and whatever other vegetables are handy and delicious.
posted by ejfox at 4:38 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pepperoni roll. Same idea as a Calzone, but rolled so you get multi-level, drool inducing glory.
posted by glaucon at 4:40 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

There are a whole host of sweet things you can do with pizza dough. Cinnamon rolls are the thing that popped into my head right away, but I'm sure there are lots more.
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:46 PM on November 16, 2010

If you happen to have a need for finger food/appetizer/hors d'oeuvres, you can cut out "crackers" with a biscuit/cookie cutter (or juice glass, open can, etc), bake, and top with pretty much anything in the world.
posted by Lyn Never at 4:51 PM on November 16, 2010

Popular at fairs and carnivals in NY and in Italian families, is Pizza Fritte.
posted by katyggls at 4:53 PM on November 16, 2010

Soft pretzels. Roll it out into long skinny logs, shape into pretzel shape, boil in salted water and then bake.
posted by red_lotus at 4:56 PM on November 16, 2010 [2 favorites]

Suggested alteration to red lotus's great suggestion: Shoot for dough balls that are about 2-3 oz. and make the ropes about 24" long. Let sit 5 minutes. Dip shaped, unbaked pretzels into shallow pan of warm water with 1 tsp sugar dissolved in it. Place pretzels on oiled/parchment-/Silpat-lined baking sheets and sprinkle with kosher salt. Let sit 10 mins. Bake at 500 degrees for 8-9 minutes, rotating and switching baking pans halfway through (should be golden-brown). Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.

Share with friends--but best when pretzels are fresh from the oven.
posted by MonkeyToes at 5:12 PM on November 16, 2010

To calzone's yin, you need stromboli's yang (a stromboli has red sauce inside and no ricotta, whereas a calzone has ricotta and is served with red sauce on the side).
posted by plinth at 5:16 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

I personally think it'd work well to make pot-pies. Kind of a cross between a calzone and a stromboli, I guess. Use large pyrex bowls, line them, fill them with sauce/cheese/meat/what-have-you, then cover them with more pizza dough and crimp the sides. Bake, serve, enjoy. Om nom nom.
posted by patronuscharms at 5:23 PM on November 16, 2010

Garlic knots!
posted by thinkpiece at 5:27 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

donuts. oh yum! cut some out, drop them in hot oil, remove, "drain" on a paper towel until cool enough to handle, sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar. eat. delicious.
posted by Sassyfras at 5:37 PM on November 16, 2010

Fry bread. Drop thinly rolled discs into hot oil. Yum.
posted by monkeymadness at 6:51 PM on November 16, 2010

More ideas here.
posted by notme at 6:58 PM on November 16, 2010

I like to make monkey bread with it!
posted by boofidies at 7:02 PM on November 16, 2010

My husband makes cinnamon bread thingies like the ones you get from Dominos--he just spreads a batch out in a 9x13 pan and tops with some melted butter and cinnamon and sugar, then bakes for however long you'd bake foccaccia for. I love him very much.
posted by SomeTrickPony at 7:18 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Watch this episode of Iron Chef for ideas!
posted by GEB's fun world at 7:39 PM on November 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Bhatura with chana (Indian fried bread with chickpeas, or what my Trini friend calls "doubles"). So very easy and yummy. And so very unhealthy, but I digress... Random recipe here. Just use the pizza dough for the bhatura part.
posted by prenominal at 7:52 PM on November 16, 2010

If you can get the oven real hot, butter and garlic it up, then bake it up like naan.
posted by piratebowling at 8:31 PM on November 16, 2010

Use it to wrap mini hot dogs to make pigs in a blanket (as seen on last week's office episode!).
posted by kylej at 9:30 PM on November 16, 2010

posted by xammerboy at 10:35 PM on November 16, 2010

Pizza Muffins™! Cut out circles of thinly-rolled dough with a drinking glass, press into muffin tin cups. Fill with cheese, sauce (not too much), veggies, sausage, etc all cut up nice and small. Cheese up the top and pop in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 min, or until browned on top.

Not only are these delicious and bite-sized, but they freeze fast and microwave up real quick like, too. Instant pizza gratification at any time of day or night!
posted by Aquaman at 10:54 PM on November 16, 2010 [2 favorites]

You could try zeppoles. I haven't tried it with pizza dough myself, but one of the guys at the pizza place where I buy it says he makes them all the time from the dough and they're delicious.
posted by Godbert at 5:43 AM on November 17, 2010

I think if I made pot pies, I would fill them with traditional potpie filling - chicken stew or beef stew - rather than pizza-type fillings.

Could you also make bread bowls and fill with soup?

How different is pizza dough from regular bread dough? When I used to make calzones, we used the frozen loaves of bread dough from the grocery store. Does it go both ways? What if you shape it into dinner rolls or sandwich loaves and let it rise?
posted by CathyG at 7:37 AM on November 17, 2010

Response by poster: Wonderful suggestions, thank you all!
posted by leigh1 at 5:09 PM on November 17, 2010

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