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5 Uses for Store Bought Pizza Dough

Updated on March 29, 2008

Pizza Dough - Available in Your Local Grocery Store

Usually found in the refrigerated section near the cheese or fresh pasta, store-made pizza dough is one of those supermarket bargains that you shouldn't ignore. It's fairly inexpensive, all the prep work is done for you and there are a multitude of ways to use it. As a busy mom, I'm always looking for a shortcut without resorting to buying whole premade meals or ordering in. Store bought pizza dough is a great way to make quick and tasty homemade meals that even your kids can help with.

Remember these things...

  • Use or freeze pizza dough within 2 days of buying.
  • Allow to come to room temperature before working the dough for best results.
  • Pizza dough cooks best under high heat for a short period of time. Set a timer so you don't forget!
  • You are only limited by your imagination - if you like a certain flavor or topping, add it!

Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

For this recipe, you will need:

  • one package store bought pizza dough
  • 12 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices deli cheese (american, swiss or provolone)
  • non-stick spray
  • dusting of flour

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray. Roll out the pizza dough (already brought to room temp) on a floured surface. Cut into 6 squares, then half each square to make 2 triangles, for a total of 12 triangles. On each triangle, lay one slice of ham (folded over if necessary), then one half slice of cheese. Starting at the wide end, begin rolling up. It is OK for the ham and cheese to show through the sides. Place the roll ups on the baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until brown and crispy on top. These are great served warm, room temperature or even right out of the refrigerator.

Hand Held Veggie Snacks

For this recipe you will need:

  • one package store bought pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • flour for dusting

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking tray with non-stick cooking spray. In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat and cook broccoli, pepper and mushrooms for about 5 minutes or until tender. Put cooked vegetables in bowl, and add cream cheese and mix to combine. Roll out the pizza dough on floured surface. Cut into 6 squares. Spoon some of the vegetable mixture into the middle of each square. Fold dough over filling, and pinch sides to seal. Place onto baking tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes, or until crust is brown. These are best served warm or at room temperature.

Garlic Knots

Why settle for delivery garlic knots that are soggy by the time you get them when you can make your own fresh ones at home? For this recipe you will need:

  • one package store bought pizza dough
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 gloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In large bowl, combine olive oil and garlic at bottom. Using kitchen scissors or a knife, cut off 1 inch pieces of the pizza dough, dropping them into the bowl with the garlic/oil mixture. Toss them gently and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. These are best served immediately.

Veggie and Goat Cheese Pizza

Of course you can make pizza at home with store bought pizza dough. Besides saving a lot of money by making homemade pizza, you can put in it what you like and leave out what you don't!

This recipe is one of my family's favorite, and we haven't found it's equal from any of our local delivery places. For this recipe you will need:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 eggplant, diced (skin fully or partly removed)
  • 1 zucchini, diced

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small log goat cheese (or about 1/2 cup) crumbled
  • Flour for dusting
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Use about a tablespoon of the oil to grease a baking tray. Roll out the pizza dough to fit your baking tray (about, doesn't have to fit perfectly) and place on greased baking tray. In large skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium high heat and add the pepper, eggplant, onion and zucchini. When they are tender, about 6 minutes, add the garlic and remove from heat. Spoon and spread the vegetable mixture on top of the pizza dough. Drop the goat cheese pieces all over the vegetables and leave as crumbles. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the pizza is brown and crusty. Slice and serve immediately or at room temperature.

Cinamon Sugar Dessert Bites

This makes a great and quick dessert. For this recipe you will need:

  • one package store bought pizza dough
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Add the melted butter to a large bowl. Using a kitchen scissor or knife, cut 1 inch pieces from the dough and drop into the bowl. Mix gently to make sure each piece has butter on it. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over each piece. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until dough is brown and crusty. These are best served immediately.


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      Lady Didi 

      7 years ago

      I make my own pizza's very easy.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for some yummy ideas to use my leftover pizza dough. Garlic knots and cinnamon bites are on the menu for this week!

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      8 years ago

      Personally I think making pizza dough @ home is much easier, more affordable, and 100x better then ANY restaurant pizza dough you will EVER eat!

      In fact, I have the perfect recipe that will blow your mind.

      It will seem time consuming the first time. But if you do it once every couple days and your sure to have Healthy FRESH HOMEMADE pizza dough on hand all the time!!!

      First I do what's called a Pre Ferment Batter.

      This ensures that the dough has enough time to develpe it's flavors and prevents the yeast from burning out too fast.

      It also gives the flour a chance to re-absorb the yeast bubbles that develop during the rising process.

      This is quite a deviation from the typical process but don't get discouraged!


      STEP 1:

      You will need:

      For the pre ferment-

      ~1 cup flour

      ~10oz filtered water

      ~1 tsp AGAVE NECTAR or 2 TBSPNS brown or white sugar

      ~1/4 teaspoon (INSTANT Yeast) Not dry active yeast, that yeast requires what's known as "proofing" whereas Quick Rising or INSTANT yeast can be added directly to dry ingredient before mixing.

      Mix these together in a container and set in fridge over night.

      I usually do this before bed and continue the recipe in the morning after breakfast. All together, both steps take no longer then 10 mins.

      STEP 2:

      You will need:

      ~2 additional cups unbleached or white flour in a large bowl.

      ~3/4 of a teaspoon or INSTANT yeast mixed into flour

      ~1 tsp salt mixed into flour

      then take your PRE FERMENT and pour over top of dry ingredients.

      Slowly mix with your 4 fingers in a circular motion until you see the dough thickening up (IT WILL BE STICKY!! That's what you want =)

      When you can no longer stir, begin to knead while in the bowl and incorporate remaining flour.

      Tap onto floured surface and continue kneading about 6 mins or so so..

      Until it's soft and slightly sticky.

      Then stick in fridge and let rise while you go get ready for the day!!

      This is further deviation from traditional rising techniques..

      However, it's not size that matters with pizza dough, ONLY FLAVOR..

      A slow rise helps to allow those FLAVORS to develop while the yeast do their jobs..

      Add the end of the day,

      After a long day at work


      And begin preparing the pizza by cutting dough in half.

      This amount of dough should yield 2 Pizzas so u can store one half in freezer for later use!

      You now have fresh pizza dough for tomorrow too!!!!! You can make zepoles, cinnamon, buns, garlic knots, and many other tasty treats with this dough as well!!

      I usually brush my crust w. a mixture of basil, 3 tsp olive oil and a couple drops of wine vinegar.

      This adds a little extra flavor and prevents the crust from during out during cooking.

      Then add some homemade tomato sauce, organic toppings, herbs, and pop in the oven for 10-12 mins and

      VWAHH LAAAA! You have homemade healthy pizza in just 10 mins!!!

      So easy and so good!!!!!



      And if you like it..

      Before bed, take 10 seconds of your time and go throw those 3 ingredients together 3 start another ferment in the fridge.

      It's a very tasty and handy recipe and it's a hit with the kids too!

      I usually go threw this process every other day!

      I have a baby and 4 year old and it's so easy to do and REALLY NOT TIME CONSUMING AT ALL!

      And we always have homemade fresh pizza dough on hand!

      Enjoy! =)

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      Susan M 

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the new ideas - I've been in a bit of a rut with my cooking and will try some of these. Nice hub!

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      Thanks for stopping by, Carol! Hope you try them. =) - Deb

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      10 years ago

      These are some great ideas! The cinnamon sugar dessert bites sound delicious.

      Thanks, Carol

    • Blogger Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      I haven't tried TJ's pizza crust yet, but I love shopping there - maybe I've give it a try! Thanks for your comments! =)

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      10 years ago from California

      I love Trader Joe's pizza crust but I don't use it enough! These are great ideas, thanks!

    • Blogger Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      G-Ma, thank you thank you thank you! I will certainly try this and let you know how it works out! =)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Basic Pizza Crust..add ingredients according to your bread machine's order .you know they are all a bit different right?

      Also use the dough setting...  :o)

      2 1/4 to 2 3/4 cups flour  (any kind)  I use rice, wheat. unbleached organic. Whatever is to your liking

      1 tsp. sugar

      1tsp. salt

      1 pkg. Fast-acting Yeast (or regular is what I use)

      1 cup water heated to 120 - 130 degrees (hot out of tap works)

      2 tblsp. Olive or Vegie oil

      let it do it's thing in the bread machine. When done you  knead.. put some flour on your working area and punch down..Loosely wrap in plastic wrap or in a bowl covered with wet towel or plastic wrap. 80 - 85  degree area.  Let rise for about 30 min.or until doubled in size.

      Punch down dough until air bubbles are removed and divide in half. Roll dough into whatever shape you want and place on pizza pan or square cookie sheet. round or square or diamond :o)   spread desired amount of sauce and whatever toppings you want.  Bake at 425 degrees until crust is deep golden brown.

      The sugar in the recipe helps it get that golden brown color.. and the yeast needs it too.  Have fun and hope you like this recipe.  You can freeze it for a couple of weeks.

      G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      G-Ma, I would love the recipe for the whole wheat pizza dough. Thanks! =)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      it's fun..easy..and you know what goes in I like to use all organic stuff and even whole wheat pizza crust is great. Have fun sweetie if you have the time. If you need the recipe let me know/Ok G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      Stacie, thanks for reading! Pizza dough has become a staple in our house, LOL. =)

      G-Ma, I haven't tried making it myself, but I do have a bread machine. Hmmm, I think I may to give it a go! Thanks for the comment. =)

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      yummy but is just as easy to make in the bread machine...well if you have one...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      Fabulous ideas. I love the veggie and goat cheese - yum. We used to buy the pizza dough from Trader Joe's, but haven't in awhile. Maybe it is time to start again.

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      Thanks, Decrescendo! I hope you try some of them out! =)

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      Princessa - the garlic knots are also great because they are baked, and I think most pizza places fry theirs. Mmmm, your recipe sounds great!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      I am in for the Garlic knots... they sound yummy!

      An easy recipe that I like making with the pizza dough is just cutting in slices some Maroilles cheese and arranging them on top of the dough, sprinkle with salt and pepper and a little bit of fresh cream. Bake until golden crispy and enjoy with a salad. Stinks to high heaven but it is delicious...

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      Blogger Mom 

      10 years ago from Northeast, US

      Chantel, thanks for stopping by and for the comment - my kids really love the cinammon bites - and I made that one on the fly once when I had extra pizza dough that I had to use or lose!

      Zsuzsy - thanks for reading! Be sure to let me know if you try any of these. =)

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Thanks for sharing.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      10 years ago from Northern Ontario

      Great article, I will try these. I am also always on the look out for easy meals without sacrificing health, with 4 kids, you have too.


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