Tuesday, October 9, 2012

5 Ideas for Pizza Dough...Besides Pizza!

I love my recipe for simple, no rise pizza dough that's ready in 30 minutes, start to finish. But, did you know that this simple dough can be used in a variety of other ways as well? Here are my favorite ways to use pizza dough:

1. Apple Pie Turnovers (photo above)
-Cover 2 C of apples in melted butter, a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar until apples are well coated. Cook over medium heat about 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Cut 1 recipe pizza dough into 6 equal pieces, roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Wrap apple filling in dough, and fold over. Make an egg wash with one beaten egg and a little water. Brush egg wash on pastry. Bake at 375* until top is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.

2. Calzones
-Cut one recipe pizza dough recipe into 4 equal pieces and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Mix 2 C ricotta cheese with one egg, 1 tsp italian seasoning, and 1 C mozzarella cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/4 of the filling to each piece of dough, and fold over, crimping with a fork to seal. Brush with egg wash. Bake at 425* until brown and baked through, about 15-20 minutes.

3. Piadinas or Salad Wraps
-Check out this recipe for my absolute favorite lunch recipe...a chicken caesar salad wrap. Pizza dough is a wonderful bread for these wraps. Simply cut the pizza dough into 2 equal pieces, and bake at 425* for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Wrap salad in crust. 

4. Breadsticks
-Form one recipe dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll into ropes. Bake at 425* for 8-12 minutes until golden brown. Make garlic butter using 1 stick melted butter, 3 cloves of garlic, and 1/2 to 1 tsp of italian seasoning. Mix together. Pull breadsticks out of the oven and brush with melted garlic butter.

5. Cinnamon Rolls
-Roll one recipe dough into a rectangle 1/2-1/4 inch thick. Brush entire rectangle with softened (not melted) butter, and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top (1/2 C sugar to 1 TBS cinnamon). Roll up and cut into equal portions. Bake at 350* until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Make quick glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract and drizzle over cinnamon rolls.

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