Saving Dough

Saving Dough

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What can you make with pizza dough other than, well, pizza? Meet the adult Hot Pockets and cinnamon rolls you didn't know you could afford to make yourself, until now.

Cinnamon Rolls

Servings:

serving time8

Ingredients

  • One pizza dough ball

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 8 to 10 half-and-half creamers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out pizza dough into a large circle. Spread softened butter over dough. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over buttered dough. Roll up dough into a large cylinder and cut into 8 pieces (about 3 inches thick). Place pieces in the cast-iron skillet and bake for about 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and half-and-half. Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

Ham & Cheese Stuffed Bread

Servings:

serving time6

Ingredients

  • One pizza dough ball

  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham

  • One cup shredded mozzarella

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Mustard packets, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Stretch pizza dough into a large circle. Layout ham and cheese in the center of the dough. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

  2. Fold dough over filling, starting with the top and bottom and then the sides. Flip over and use a knife to make 3 slits in the top of the dough.

  3. Place seam side down in a cast-iron skillet. Bake for 20 minutes. Slice and serve with mustard packets for dipping.

Cast-Iron Pizza

Servings:

serving time4

Ingredients

  • One pizza dough ball

  • One can whole, peeled tomatoes, crushed with salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

  • Pinch red pepper flakes from packet

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Stretch pizza dough ball to fit into skillet. Drizzle with oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and cheese. Place skillet in oven to bake for about 2 minutes. Remove from oven and top with red pepper flakes.

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- Today I'm gonna show you three ways to use pizza dough that you never would have thought of in your wildest dreams. Life can be a struggle, but a good meal does not have to be. We can make creative, nutritious, and inventive dishes for under two dollars a plate. Fresh pizza dough will alleviate all of your tired of frozen pizza ailments and take the savings right to the piggy bank. Here's the deal. If you walk into the pizzeria and you ask them if you can buy the dough, they'll probably give it to you for free the first one or two times. But after that, three bucks max. If you don't have a rolling pin, any bottle will do. Ah! A cast iron pan, which is cheap, is essentially our oven emulator. This is just a simple can of whole peeled tomatoes that I crushed and added salt to. It's better than any pizza sauce you're gonna buy in a bottle. Here comes some cheese, shredded mozzarella, little bit of salt. The bottom of our pizza's lookin' really, really good. So we've got the broiler, and it's gonna kiss it from above while the cast iron keeps cookin' it from underneath! This is the one time you can actually watch your food cook 'cause it's gonna take like two minutes. That ain't bad for a home pizza. Pizza's supposed to be cooking quickly. That's why the cast iron pan is so awesome. The heat is intense. I bet you have a collection that you're really not tending to. The red pepper flakes from the pizza place, the soy sauce from the Chinese takeout, and I know when you get your coffee, you grab an extra two, three, or even four sugar packets. If we keep this drawer organized, it's like the finest utility knife, ready for any moment to add flavor to a dish for free. They're free flavor! It's $3.00 for the pizza dough. The tomatoes only cost 72 cents. And then it's only a buck fifty in cheese. This is gonna feed four people. That's a buck twelve for a quarter. Pizzas that come from the frozen section are sad. This is leaps and bounds better than frozen pizza. But there are so many more things we can do with that dough because it's essentially just bread. We can make an adult Hot Pocket. I have some ham here. And this has gotta be stuff from the deli. It's a lot cheaper than the prepackaged stuff, which means it tastes bad. Here we go with the cheese piled high. We have olive oil. Maybe you've got an oregano packet. Maybe you've got a granulated garlic packet. The packets are really key for elevating flavor. Save them. Put them in a piggy bank. We come up with the side. We come up with the other side. It's really important that you cut the slits into the top of your adult hot pocket because otherwise you're gonna have a steam explosion. In the cast iron pan. 325 for 20 to 25 minutes. Oh, mama mia. Look at that stromboli. For six people. We're gonna get a lot of food out of this. We got $3.00 for the dough. We got $3.48 for my ham. A buck fifty on cheese. And 25 cents in olive oil. I got it to $1.37 per serving. I think you could probably get it lower if you choose some other meats or some other cheeses. All of my childhood memories of Hot Pockets in homemade form. It's delicious! I know what you're thinking. Frank, it's not that dissimilar from pizza. And you're right, which is why we're now gonna take pizza dough and make something sweet. You gotta remember it's just dough. So you can make a cinnamon roll with little to no effort. Butter, softened. 34 cents of butter, and butter is the key to all pastry. All of this sugar for only 13 cents. The expensive part is actually the cinnamon. It's 80 cents. Don't worry. I won't tell your grandparents. I'll lead them to believe that you really are saving up. So if you combine these two things together, you have 93 cents worth of frontal cortex stimulating things. We're gonna do this like the sushi masters. Everyone has an equal size bun. One comes in the middle, and then seven go around. Bake it! Here we go, we got the cinna bun for you! We've got to make the icing. How do you do it on the cheap? Use the coffee creamers that you've been stealing, you silly person. I easily saved 43 cents by using the creamer packets. 13 cents for this homemade sauce. This looks pro-fess-ion-ale. It is irresistible. This cinnamon bun is a fake cinnamon bun and yet resembles the real thing like exactly. It tastes just like them. 55 cents each. All the sugar high, all the flavor, all the smell. And it came from pizza dough.

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