The grocery store is full of quick conveniences that help get meals on your table with ease, but perhaps the most useful of these store-bought items is dough. I am talking about dough in every shape and size: pizza dough, pie dough, and yes, even cookie dough. Lean on these basic tools to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert a whole lot easier.
A Roll of Pie Dough, 5 Ways
Swap out the fussy phyllo dough with pie dough for a simple spanakopita. Or go and make a savory tarte Tatin or hand pies for dinner instead of the usual sweet versions. Plus, purchased pie dough makes pot pie super easy.
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A Ball of Pizza Dough, 5 Ways
Think beyond the pizza pie. That big ball of dough can be rolled out to make a savory galette, baked around oven-safe bowls to become edible bread bowls, folded around any filling for empanadas, and turned into flatbreads for sandwiches.
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A Purchased Pie Shell, 5 Ways
That pie shell may seem constricting because it's already in that aluminum pie pan, but it's not. Use it to make a brunch-worthy quiche, a savory tart for dinner, a cool and creamy ice cream or frozen yogurt pie for dessert, or take the dough right out of its shell, roll it up, and bake it into cheesy, snackable pinwheels.
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A Tube of Sugar Cookie Dough, 5 Ways
Sugar cookies make a fine dessert, but you can do even better. Pull off pieces of dough and flatten them to use as a topping for fruit cobbler. Or bake the dough, crumble it up, and use it in place of cake for a layered trifle. You can also make mini dessert pizzas or bake it into a cookie cake.
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