Pizza Dough Balls

Families Ate Together

My First Pizza

When we were kids our family ate together at the table which is not the norm nowadays.  Mom cooked three meals a day, and there was always meat, bread, and often potatoes.  Chicken, steak, pork chops, ham, or roast beef were the usual main course.

Not until I was about 10 years old was I introduced to pizza.  I remember my aunt serving my first pizza at her house while I was staying with her.  Delicious!  I ‘d never eaten anything so tasty!

We didn’t even have a pizza restaurant back in the 50’s or early 60’s.  Pizza franchises were non-existence back then.  Around 1965 the first pizza restaurant came to Danville and was located on Maple Avenue where the car dealership is now.  About that time Mom got with the pizza craze and started making pizza from the boxed Chef Boy Ar Dee pizzas.

When my girls were children they could eat pizza everyday.  Their breakfast was often left over cold pizza. This brings us to today.  Pizza is carry out or sit down restaurants in every town.  Recently I made me a Chef Boy Ar Dee pizza just for old times sake.  That brought me to thinking about buying something delicious a friend had told me about.

 

Where to buy?

That something delicious was frozen pizza dough balls at Sam’s Club.

Pizza Ball from Sam's

Pizza Ball
from
Sam’s

My friend had talked about how good they were for more than just pizza crust.  I decided I had to have some.  Each time I visited Sam’s I searched the frozen section and couldn’t find them.  After 3 visits I finally called her to ask where she found them.  To my surprise she had bought them at the snack bar.  Yes, they sell the balls of dough in a box of 20.  They cost $.90 each.  If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of room in your freezer I suggest splitting them with a friend or two.

 

Pizza Crust & Cheese Sticks

Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough ball
  • Garlic salt
  • Olive oil
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cooked sausage
  • Cooked ground beef
  • Green pepper
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Parmesean Cheese
  • Mozzerella Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

When ready to use thaw the pizza ball until you can cut it in half.  For the pizza I grease the pan with a small amount of olive oil.  I roll one half of the ball in garlic salted olive oil and just use a rolling pin to flatten it out onto a pizza stone.  (The other half I use for bread sticks.) Pour on a small amount of pizza sauce and whatever toppings you like.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  We prefer sausage, pepperoni, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms.  Sometimes we even cut up hot dogs for extra meat.  Top it with mozzarella cheese and plenty of parmesan cheese. Cook at 425 for 10-15 minutes.  I like my crust very done.

Bread Sticks

  • Pizza dough
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Melted butter
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce

For the bread sticks again roll the halved ball in olive oil mixed with garlic salt.  Flatten it out in the pan.  Brush on some melted butter. I put a layer of mozzarella cheese or whatever cheese I have on top.  Cook for about 10 minutes.  Cut into sticks and you’re ready to dip them in marinara sauce.

This is cheaper than going out to eat.  So if you are a penny pincher who loves pizza this is the thing to fix for supper. And it is delicious.

Steak sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Pizza dough
  • Marinated thin steak
  • Provolone cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Flour
  • Sandwich spread or mayonnaise
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Onion
  • Salt and Pepper

While the pizza dough is thawing out cut thin steak into pieces a little larger than your bread slices will be.  Salt and pepper the steak and cook in a small amount of olive oil on the stove.  Set aside. Roll the dough out with a floured rolling pin.  I tried to make mine rather thin.  With a pizza cutter cut into squares about the size of a slice of bread.  Bake the bread pieces for about 1o minutes in a preheated oven at 375 degrees.  Put a piece of the cooked steak and provolone cheese on one of the slices of bread.  Top with another bread slice.  Make as many sandwiches as you will need.  Cook in the oven just enough to melt the cheese.  Add lettuce, tomato, onion, sandwich spread or mayonnaise.  Melt butter.  Add minced garlic and salt.  Drizzle the melted butter mixture on top.

 

Cinnamon Rolls

While you defrost the ball mix about 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.  Prepare  muffin pans by spraying with a butter spray.  When the ball of dough has thawed enough to work with pinch off a ball a little smaller than a ping pong ball.

Roll it in butter, then the cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Place 3 little balls into each muffin section.

Cinnamon Rolls before they are baked.

Cinnamon Rolls Before They are Baked.

Bake at 395 degrees for about 12 minutes.  Best when eaten while warm.   For a sweeter version drizzle with  your favorite icing.

Makes 12 cinnamon rolls.

One could also make rolls this way.  Just leave off the cinnamon and sugar.  Yum, Yum!

 


There are many more things you could make with these dough balls. Fruit pizza is one more thing that comes to mind.  Hope you enjoyed my latest recipes I’ve made.  If you make anything else using the pizza dough balls from Sam’s let me know.  Until next time.  Have a good day.

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