Pizza is not the only thing you can make with your pizza dough. There are enough options between creative pizza toppings and these extra options to keep your homemade pizza dough in a weekly meal rotation. Often enough that you will likely memorize the recipe, but not get bored.
Calzones are delicious. All you do is divide your dough into equal parts or you can take handfuls of it off at a time like I do. You roll out your dough until it is thin, but not super thin. On that you put your cheese and other typical pizza toppings. Then you fold it all up into a nice pocket, carefully sealing any edges, and bake.
I usually bake calzones at the same time and temp as our pizzas, 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. Serve with small bowls of marinara sauce for dipping.
After your dough has risen, you shape them into whatever shape you want. Add any toppings like garlic butter or olive oil and parmesan cheese and let the bread sticks rise about 20 minutes or so before putting them into the oven.
Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
Ok, so essentially this is pizza with no sauce or toppings other than cheese. That doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious. Roll out your dough on your pizza stone and slather it with garlic, olive oil, and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes. When slightly cooled, use your pizza cutter to slice any way you want.
I discovered this way to use pizza dough about a year ago when I was needing something for pizza night that wasn’t pizza. It is really good. Here are a few different recipes with various ingredients (don’t used store bought doughs, homemade is super easy):
- Ground Beef and Pepperoni Stromboli
- Easy Spinach and Onion Stromboli
- Cheddar, Ham, and Caramelized Apple Stromboli
- Three Cheese Broccoli Rabe, Prosciutto, and Roasted Red Pepper Stromboli
- Veggie Cheese Stromboli
- Ham and Swiss Stromboli
- Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Bread
- Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread
I never realized there were so many stromboli options! I’ll be trying some of these soon. How about you?