One of the staples I keep on hand in the event of a crazy day is pizza dough. Why? Because it makes so much more than just pizza! Freezer or frozen pizza dough is incredibly versatile, from appetizers to main dishes to desserts, it can do them all. Whether you opt for the pizza dough from the pop can (no judgment here) or a batch you keep in your freezer for just in case, let me show you just what you can do with it!
First, if you don’t know how to make pizza dough, it’s time to learn. Not only is pizza dough easy to make, but it’s also a good starter dough. It’s not picky, and it’s pretty forgiving when you make a mistake. The recipe below is my go-to for freezer dough. Simply remove it from the freezer the night before (or even a few hours before) and let it thaw and you’re set! One thing you do need though is a good freezer bag. I’ve found that the reusable bags like these and these work the best.
Basic Freezer Pizza Dough
Basic Freezer Pizza Dough
- 3 ¼-¾ c. flour
- 2 ¼ tsp. RapidRise Yeast (or 1 envelope Fleischmann's RapidRise)
- 1 ½ tsp. sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. salt
- 1 ⅓ c. water very warm (120-130°)
- ¼ c. corn oil
- Begin by combining 2 cups of flour with undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Then add the warm water and oil and mix until well blended using the paddle attachment on your mixer.
- When the dough is mixed, begin adding in remaining flour until the dough is soft and doesn't stick to your fingers when pressed. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surfaced for about 4 minutes. Alternatively, you can use the dough hook on your mixer.
- When the dough has been kneaded, divide in half and place on a sheet of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Then place the wrapped dough into a freezer bag and freeze for up to 4 weeks.
- To thaw, simply place dough in the fridge overnight (8-16 hours) or thaw at room temperature for 3-4 hours. Then give a gentle knead and use as desired!
Now that you have a recipe for basic freezer pizza dough, it’s time to talk about what you can do with the dough! From breakfast to dinner to dessert, really the sky is the limit with frozen pizza dough. I’ve gathered just a few of my family’s favorites for you to try!
Recipe 01: Spinach And Egg Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Spinach and Egg Pizzas
- 1 loaf frozen pizza dough thawed
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 6 oz. baby spinach
- ⅓ c. Parmesan cheese divided
- 3 Tbsp. sour cream
- 1 small garlic clove minced
- ¼ tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp. pepper
- 4 large eggs
- Begin by heating your oven to 500°F and lining two baking sheets with parchment paper. Then sprinkle each sheet with cornmeal and set aside.
- Remove dough and give a gentle knead before cutting into four equal pieces and stretching out into a 6-inch disk. Then place the pizzas on the pans.
- While the dough is resting, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the spinach and cook until it starts to wilt. Then remove from heat and mix the spinach with the remaining ingredients (with the exception of the eggs).
- Next, spoon the spinach mixture over the top of pizzas, making sure to leave a slight border. Then bake for about 5 minutes before removing from the oven and breaking an egg into the center of each pizza. Return the pizzas to the oven and bake until the whites of the eggs are set, which should take about 6-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with olive oil and top with additional Parmesan cheese if desired. Serve with green peppers, sliced avocado, or bacon, and enjoy!
Recipe 02: Pizza Rolls
This recipe uses a cast-iron skillet like this one, which helps the rolls get nice and crispy!
- 1 loaf frozen pizza dough, thawed
- ½ c. pasta sauce
- 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese divided
- 1 c. chopped pepperoni
- ½ lb. Italian sausage cooked and crumbled
- ¼ c. grated Parmesan
- Begin by heating your oven to 400°F and greasing a cast-iron skillet. Then roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until you have a rectangle that is roughly 16"x10". Then brush the rectangle with the pasta sauce, making sure to keep ½" edge.
- Next, sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese over the top followed by the pepperoni, sausage, and Parmesan. Then roll up jelly-roll style and pinch the seam to seal it closed. Next, cut into eight slices and place each slice cut-side down in the skillet.
- Last, sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese before baking for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve.
Recipe 03: Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread
Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread
- Thawed Pizza Dough
- ½ loaf pizza dough thawed
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 ½ Tbsp. cinnamon
- ½ c. butter melted
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Begin by heating your oven to 375°F and greasing three mini loaf pans with cooking spray.
- Next, cut the dough into small 1" pieces and set them aside. Then mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl until combined. Next, dip the dough into the melted butter before rolling in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and then placing the dough into the loaf pans.
- When the loaf pans are full, bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Then remove from the oven and allow to cool until slightly warm. While the bread is cooling, mix the ingredients for the icing together in a small bowl using a fork or whisk. To finish, drizzle the icing over the bread and serve!
Hopefully, these recipes will help show you that pizza dough doesn’t have to be used just for pizza! The next time you’re stuck with the question of what to make, try one of these easy and quick frozen pizza dough recipes. Happy Baking!