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10 Innovative Ways to Use Leftover Pizza Dough

April 3 2019 by Luke Siedow

Leftover-pizza-dough.jpgEstimating your pizza dough needs is hardly a perfect science, and that often means leftovers in your kitchen. Instead of writing it off as an expensive lesson, turn that unused dough into untapped profit potential by trying out some new recipes or offering a few “limited time only” specials.

Pizza dough isn’t exclusive to pizza pies. Consider all of your delicious options!

Appetizers

  • Crackers: Roll out dough super-thin and brush with salted oils to add some snap to a meat and cheese plate (hint: you can also make crackers out of par-baked thin crusts)
  • Breadsticks: Cover these quintessential Italian crunchers in a variety of seeds and seasonings for tasty, pre-meal snacking or a crispy side
  • Mini-knot dippers: Serve garlic-infused pizza dough knots with marinara, pesto or cheesy dips for a great starter
  • Pizza fries: Slice up baked dough into “fries” and top with marinara, cheese and pepperoni pieces for sharable fun

Entrées

  • Calzone: Stuff crust pockets full of classic pie toppings, venture into veggies, or use tried-and-true pairings like ham and cheese
  • Stromboli: Roll up your favorite flavors in this timeless spiraled dough loaf
  • Bread Baskets: Complement pasta and soup dishes with table bread or bread bowls

Desserts

  • Doughnuts: Dust dough balls in sugar and serve with a variety of dipping sauces for a sweet bite-size endnote to dinner
  • Cinnamon rolls: Reinvent this classic treat using pizza dough and generous amounts of cream cheese frosting
  • Bread pudding: Transform baked pizza dough chunks into a rich dessert by adding cream, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla

Solving your unused pizza dough dilemma expands both your menu and sales potential. Feature weekly appetizer specials, promote a "meal deal" bundle on social media or showcase new items by hosting an exclusive event. Your existing customers will have even more reasons to return to your pizzeria, and new guests will appreciate the value-add.

Pre-made dough balls and pizza crusts are more than convenient — they're economical when compared to the cost of scratch-making dough. Not sure of your current spend? Use our easy Online Calculator  to tally labor, ingredients, overhead expenses, waste and other cost factors, then talk to your distributor about pre-made options. Click the button below to access to the calculator now!

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Luke Siedow

Written by Luke Siedow

Culinary Specialist, Alive & Kickin' Pizza Crust