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Pizza dough directions are now in the Recipe Database

Posted October 21, 2012
Updated October 22, 2012

The pizza dough directions using the dough ball from Harris Teeter are now in the WRAL Recipe Database. We have had many requests for it so now it is in an easy to find location. 

The wheat and white dough balls found in the deli department of some grocery stores (especially Harris Teeter) often go on sale for $1 - $1.25. When they do, this is a good time to buy a couple extra to put into the freezer. They freeze well for at least 2 months. Combined with some frugally purchased toppings, homemade pizza using the dough balls is a delicious, low cost meal the whole family will enjoy!

You can access the database from the home page of the Smart Shopper blog. It is on the right side of the page under the Smart Shopper Resources section.

Click on the Recipe Database link in the box above for the database. Then type in Pizza Dough in the Name section. Then click Search and the recipe will appear.

Below, I have also posted the recipe for homemade pizza that I make using the dough balls. Please share your recipes using these dough balls as well!

Homemade pizza using dough ball crust


1 wheat or white dough ball (usually found at Harris Teeter in the deli section and often on sale for $1.00 - $1.25)

Favorite pizza toppings including sauce, veggies, meat, cheese, spices, etc


Thaw wheat or white dough ball in fridge. Roll out onto pizza pan or cookie sheet with lightly oiled rolling pin. Lightly coat edges of crust with olive oil, if desired. Season with garlic powder and Italian spices all over crust, if desired.

Pre-bake crust in 425-degree oven for about 7 minutes. Remove crust from oven and put sauce and desired toppings and then cheese on to the crust. Bake until cheese is melted, approximately 10 – 12 minutes. Enjoy!

We have started cutting the dough ball in half (at the wise suggestion of another reader) and making 2 pizzas out of it. My girls like just a couple veggies on their pizza (mushrooms and black olives). My hubby and I prefer to have it loaded with veggies including some that the girls do not especially like on their pizza. We all like a thinner crust and when you use one whole dough ball on a standard pie crust stone, it is a thicker crust than we prefer.

Some folks have posted on the Smart Shopper blog that they do not pre-bake their HT crust. They roll it out, top it and bake. I like to pre-bake the crust because I know it is cooked through and I like a more well done crust.


Creamy Spinach Pizza Recipe

I tried a new pizza concoction using the HT dough ball crust last week. I rolled out and pre-baked 1/2 the crust as indicated above. I cooked a box of Green Giant Creamed Spinach in the microwave. I then used the creamed spinach as the "sauce" and topped it with fresh tomatoes from our little garden, onions, mushrooms and black olives. I topped that with some 2% mozzarella cheese, garlic powder and Italian seasonings and baked for another 10 minutes, approximately. My husband said it was the best homemade pizza yet. He LOVES creamed spinach so this was a homerun meal for him!



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  • 10hummingbirds Oct 24, 2012

    gotafewkids - Thanks.

  • gotafewkids Oct 23, 2012

    10hummingbirds-- yes, I loosely wrap one in a paper towel and then place it in the microwave for about 45 seconds, turn it over and then add another 30 seconds. You may need to adjust timings based on your own experience, but this works for us.

  • 10hummingbirds Oct 23, 2012

    gotafewkids - how do you heat the pizza pockets when you get them out of the freezer? oven or microwave and how long? Sounds good. All these do. I'm going to have to try some of them. I just realized that I love fresh sliced tomatoes on my pizza with pizza sauce, the tomatoes, fresh basil and fresh mozzarella! So good. The tomatoes get as sweet as candy!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 22, 2012

    Great pizza and dough ideas, everyone! Thank you!

  • gotafewkids Oct 22, 2012

    Another family favorite is Taco Pizza. Use refried beans as the base, add ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning, olives, onions, jalapeños, and top with taco sauce then bake. When serving offer sour cream and lettuce as toppings.

  • kat08858 Oct 22, 2012

    My favorite way to cook the dough - separate into two sections, stretch out with oiled hands, and throw it directly on a hot grill! Its sooo good smeared with ricotta cheese, prosuitto, and torn basil - plus a healthy drizzel of EVOO

  • gotafewkids Oct 22, 2012

    I divide the dough into five or six pieces and use them to make pizza pockets. They turn out best when using tomato paste instead of sauce and the kids like fresh mushrooms, salami cubes, black olives, and cheese. Put the tomato paste over the whole circle except for the edges and the toppings only over half. Fold over the half circle, pinch edges and bake on cookie sheet. The kids and I cook about 50 of these at a time and then freeze them. They are great for school lunches or to go with soup or salad. My suggestion is to avoid juicy veggies like tomatoes so that they are not soggy when eaten later.

  • sunandsea Oct 22, 2012

    I've used pesto as a's really good also!

  • foodgirl Oct 22, 2012

    I make a BBQ chicken pizza, with BBQ sauce, chunks of chicken, red onion, cilantro and just a little bit of cheese.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 22, 2012

    I agree faulkner - these pizzas are soooo much healthier than delivery or most of the frozen pizzas. And my kids love to roll out the dough and then top their pizza.

    It's also good way to spend some one-on-one time with my daughters, teach them a little soemthing about cooking and get dinner made. :-)