7 Recipes Unrolling New Uses for Pizza Dough

Let’s say that lurking in the back of your freezer is a can of pizza dough and you have no desire to make a pizza. Or perhaps you have too many cans of dough taking up space and you need a new use for a couple of them. Whatever case, you need to come to the conclusion that there are other ways to capitalize on your pre-made dough than by tossing together a pizza pie. But these seven recipes aren’t only for store-bought doughs – they are excellent ways to use up leftover homemade dough, too!

1. Salt and Pepper Rolls

You’re only four ingredients and one Martha Stewart recipe away from freshly baked dinner rolls. With a few more ingredients — like red pepper flakes or thyme — you could give the rolls a little extra flavor.


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, with rack in lower third. Place 2 tablespoons olive oil in an 8-inch square baking dish. Divide pizza dough into 16 pieces. Form each piece into a tight ball and place in dish, turning to coat with oil. Cover dish with plastic wrap; set aside in a warm, draft-free place until balls double in size, 40-45 minutes (or refrigerate overnight; bring to room temperature and let rise before baking). Season each roll with salt and pepper and bake until golden brown, 35 minutes. Brush rolls with 1 tablespoon oil and let cool slightly. Serve warm.