Toss a pound of pizza dough into your grocery basket and a world of delicious possibilities are at your fingertips — with many going way beyond your usual Friday night pizza. This versatile dough can be used for both sweet and savory dishes, some of which just might surprise you!
1. Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
I'm going out on a limb and calling this the greatest Christmas appetizer of all time. Just look at how impressive it is! And as a bonus, it's actually easier to pull off than it looks. It comes together with just pizza dough and the usual spinach dip suspects.
Get the recipe: Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks from It's Always Autumn
2. Taco Rolls
Who needs tortillas when you have pizza dough? The dough is rolled out and topped with seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese and then finished with all the essentials, like sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes for serving.
Get the recipe: Taco Pizza Rolls from The Girl Who Ate Everything
3. Stuffed Breadsticks
This is pretty much the most fun way to eat pizza, and I hope you try it! These pizza dough breadsticks are stuffed with mozzarella (this recipe uses a cheese stick, but you can also use shredded mozzarella) and sliced pepperoni. Once they're baked, you can dip them in marinara sauce.
Get the recipe: Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks from I Wash You Dry
4. Pretzel Bites
Did you know that you can turn pizza dough into pretzels? Turns out you can. Here's the trick — the dough is cut and folded into balls and then plunged into boiling water for a few minutes before going into the oven. Don't forget the dipping sauce!
Get the recipe: Easy Pizza Dough Pretzel Bites from Life a Little Brighter
Whether you call it quiche or deep-dish breakfast pizza, this is such a smart idea. Stretch out the dough to fit over a greased nine-inch skillet or pie dish and then add the filling. Unlike pie crust, there's no blind baking necessary with this method.
Get the recipe: Quichzza from Imma Eat That
6. S'mores Pizza
No campfire necessary! This is my new favorite way to eat s'mores all year long. I also suggest taking this one step further by adding crushed graham crackers over the top.
Get the recipe: S'mores Pizza from Simple Stacie
Remember this shortcut recipe when you can't make it to New Orleans to get your beignet fix. Start with pizza dough, shape and fry, and load the beignets with powdered sugar.
Get the recipe: 3-Step Beignets from The Sway
8. Apple Pie
I love this idea for an alternative apple pie. Pizza dough takes the place of traditional buttery pie crust for a dessert base that's soft and crisp around the edges. It really lets the apples shine!
Get the recipe: Apple Skillet Pizza Pie from Inspired by Charm