Pizza and variety of doughs
From the simplest to the richest in toppings, when pizza arrives on the table it immediately brings a breath of delicious aromas and joy.
Kneading the base is almost an "anti-stress" and that is why many of us love to make pizza at home, even using different types of flour.
But what to do with any leftover pasta?
Being made up of few ingredients, the pizza dough is "neutral" and, for this very reason, very versatile: below, 10 simple ideas to make with the basic pizza dough ... and a little imagination.
10 alternative and creative uses of pizza dough
1. "Finger food" as an aperitif
Many balls stuffed with different ingredients: a pitted olive, cubes of ham or salami, diced mozzarella or vegetables, a boned anchovy ... Small morsels to be fried in hot oil, or quickly put in the oven, to obtain a delicious accompaniment to the aperitif standing up.
2. Mini "Hot dog"
Squares of pizza dough on which to place frankfurters (25-30 g each) and form tiny filled sandwiches, which will go into the oven after being brushed with milk and sprinkled with poppy seeds. 10 minutes of cooking at 200 ° C will be enough to have them fragrant and ready to be enjoyed while still hot.
3. Streghette with tomato and oregano
Why buy them if we can make them quickly in our kitchen? Roll out the leftover dough to form a thin layer, brush with tomato sauce seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, salt and oregano and cut rectangular strips to be baked at 220 ° C for about 10 minutes.
4. Burger buns
Made with pizza dough, they will be even softer, absorb the sauces well and perfectly accommodate the classic "flat meatball" that children (and not just them ...) like so much. They will become even more inviting if we sprinkle the surface with a handful of sesame seeds.
5. Sweet rolls
Small "strudel" stuffed with pieces of your favorite fresh fruit, to which you can add (to taste) raisins, candied fruit, pine nuts, slices of almonds, a nice spoonful of jam and a sprinkling of cinnamon. To bake in the oven at 200 ° C for 15 minutes.
A classic "street food" of our South, also very popular in other parts of Italy, panzerotti have the same shape as the trousers, but in a miniature size. Very soft and fragrant, they can be fried or baked in the oven and contain the most varied filling there is: from the classic ham and cheese, to eggplant and tomato, to the mix of vegetables and potatoes with bechamel.
7. Cooking in crust
Roasted meat and vegetables cooked in the oven remain softer and juicier when covered with a crust made with the pizza dough, which protects the aromas and maintains the humidity inside. And, once at the table, the crust used for cooking can accompany the dish and replace the bread.
8. Savory mini croissants
Perfect for a quick and healthy snack, they are prepared quickly in the same way as sweet croissants, but are stuffed with ham, cheese and a little tomato. A delicious variant, to be served as an aperitif? Mini croissants filled with mascarpone or ricotta and chopped pistachios or walnuts.
9. Sugar and cinnamon rolls
Something sweet to prepare quickly? Roll out the pizza dough to form a rectangle about 1 centimeter thick, sprinkle it with granulated sugar and cinnamon and form a roll that we will cut into slices two fingers high and arrange on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. After 20 minutes in the oven at 180 ° C they will be perfect for a sweet and light snack or to accompany a cup of tea or coffee.
If it contains little salt, the pizza dough can be used to prepare delicious crispelle to fry in hot oil and sprinkle with granulated sugar and cinnamon when they are still hot, or cover with honey previously melted in a saucepan. If, on the other hand, there is more salt, the crispelle can be stuffed with ricotta or anchovies and enjoyed as soon as they are made.
The best tools for cooking pizza at home
For all the recipes to be made with the pizza dough, it is not enough to have good dexterity, above all the appropriate cooking tools are needed: such as the Spice electric oven, in the two versions Diavola and Caliente, even more functional if used with the Casapulla biscuit. , the clay base that optimizes cooking results.
And in the garden we can use the Diavola gas oven, versatile and elegant, ideal for cooking standard-sized pizza to perfection, but also perfect for all alternative preparations based on pizza dough.