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Stars & crescents in a basket with 2 crescents on a black plate.

Pizza Dough Ideas

Rosemary Molloy
Pizza dough can be used to make quite a few things, not just pizza. These quick and easy ideas are perfect as appetizers, main dish or snack.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 16 servings
Calories 128 kcal


  • 1-2 pizza dough rolls (either homemade* or store bought)

For homemade you can use Best Pizza Dough or Easy Pizza Dough.

    HOMEMADE PIZZA SAUCE (or ½-1 cup store bought if desired)

    • ½-1 cup tomato (diced, peeled or puree (passata/conserva)
    • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon oregano or basil (or a mixture)
    • 1-2 dashes hot pepper flakes (optional)


    • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
    • ¼-½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 2-3 teaspoons oregano, basil, rosemary or your favourite seeds


    • ½-1 cup pizza sauce
    • ¼-½ cup chopped pancetta, sausage, prosciutto or veggies
    • ½ cup shredded firm mozzarella cheese
    • ¼-½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil


    • Pre-heat oven to 400F (200C). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
    • Either make the homemade pizza dough or use a good quality store bought. If you are making both the crescents and the stars you will need two rolled rectangles of dough.


    • Roll out the dough to approximately ⅛- ¼ inch thick, cut with round cookie cutters (approximately 3"/7½cm size). Place a small shot glass in the middle of the circle and make 9 cuts in the dough around the glass. Join 2 of the cuts together, pinching to seal. Continue until all the circles are formed into stars.
    • Place on the prepared cookie sheet. You can brush with a little olive oil if desired, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese and oregano, rosemary, basil or seeds. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.


    • In a large bowl mix together the tomatoes, olive oil and spices until combined well.


    • Roll out the dough to approximately ⅛-¼ inch thick, cut into triangles, at the large end, spread a little sauce, top with chopped pancetta, shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
    • Roll from the bottom to the top, form into a crescent and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Brush with a little olive oil if desired, then sprinkle with some parmesan cheese and bake for approximately 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and baked through. Serve immediately.


    Leftovers crescents should be stored in an air tight container and refrigerated, they will keep for up to 4 days. They can be warmed up in a microwave or low oven. The stars can be kept in a paper bag then placed in a plastic bag and stored at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. Of course they are both best eaten when baked.


    Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 363mgPotassium: 87mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 134IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
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