Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ten Ways with a Trader Joe's Pizza Dough Ball

We love pre-made pizza dough balls from Trader Joe’s! You could make your dough yourself for about .25, but for .99 Trader Joe's will do it for you. Wheat, herb, and traditional white are available. No Trader Joe’s? Ask your local pizzeria to sell you a few balls.
I prefer to make several individual pizzas and freeze for later use. Pop them straight from the freezer to lunch box and they’ll be ready by lunch time!
1. Set dough out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Preheat oven to 425.
3. Cut dough into 4 sections and roll or smoosh with heals of hands (my preferred method) each section into a circle.
4. Spoon on chosen sauce. Add toppings and cheese.
5. Bake about 12 minutes. Times will vary by topping and oven so keep an eye on them. Remove when crust is browning and cheese is bubbly.
I poach whole chicken when it’s on sale, de-bone, chop and freeze. Rotisserie chicken, if you prefer, saves time and is always tasty. Trader Joe’s Four Cheese blend is my favorite but mozzarella is always good.

BBQ Chicken:
BBQ Sauce, cooked chicken, 4 cheese blend

Terriyaki Meatball:
BBQ Sauce, chicken terriyaki meatballs (halved), 4 Cheese Blend

Caesar or Ranch dressing, chicken, chopped tomato, bacon, 4 Cheese Blend

Ham ‘n Cheese:
Sweet & Hot Mustard, sliced ham, cheddar

Apple Sweet:
Apple pie filling (spread sparingly), Cheddar

Goat Cheese & Sun Dried Tomato:
Goat cheese, sun dried tomato’s in oil, Parmesan, top with fresh fresh basil as soon as you remove it from oven.
Pepperoni & Sausage
Sausage & Olives Pepperoni Ham & Pineapple Veggie & White Sauce

Breadsticks: Roll into small logs, roll in Parmesan cheese with herbs and bake.