Pizza dough balls: you’ll often find them on the menu of your favorite Italian/Pizza place and may have ordered them before.. but have you ever tried to make them yourself? It’s actually so easy and it’s a great party snack to kick off any event at your home. I have dipped these in some lovely pink garlic – parsley butter so you can eat them just the way they are (thanks Bruno Mars) or serve them with a variety of dips, like: salsa, green or red pesto, Philadelphia cheese, ..
I have used some pink garlic in this recipe but just like in my previous garlic recipe, you can easily replace this with some normal garlic, it will have a stronger flavour so if you don’t want them too be garlicky, go for 2 normal garlic cloves instead of 3 pink ones.
This recipe makes the dough from scratch but if you don’t feel like waiting for the dough to rise, you can buy ready made pizza dough, but just know that you won’t be in control of whatever goes in to that pizza dough. Now as you can see, I used pizza flour for my recipe, but if you are having trouble finding this in the stores, then simply replace it by 5g dried yeast and 200g white bread flour and a dash of salt.
Makes: around 16 dough balls
- 200g pizza flour
- 120ml water
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 50g butter
- 3 tablespoons of freshly cut flat-leaf parsley
- 3 big cloves of pink garlic
There’s no need to start with our garlic butter first, as we really just want this when the dough balls or ready so first things first: the dough balls! Knead together flour and water by using a stand mixer or your hands if you are a big fan of kneading dough too, like me. Once the dough is ready, put it in a bowl and cover the bowl with a damp cloth and place in a warm room for 30 minutes up to an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
Remove the dough to a flour-dusted surface and knead it gently a few times to push the air out with your hands. Don’t overdo it, just 3-4 kneads is enough. All that’s left now is to cut it up in equal sizes and gently shape them into balls. Put them on a baking sheet, drizzle a bit of olive oil on top and sprinkle just a few pieces of the garlic on top of each ball. Make sure you have plenty left for our garlic butter so don’t go nuts with the garlic at this stage!
Pop the balls in the oven for 15 minutes at 200°C. I always clean up my kitchen while waiting for the dough balls to be ready, so you’ll have a nice looking kitchen by the time you’re ready to enjoy these treats!
In the last 5 minutes, we can start prepping the garlic butter, so heat up the butter at low heat and add the remaining pieces of garlic. Remove from heat once the butter has melted and the garlic is starting to cook. Add the parsley and take the dough balls out of the oven, roll them around in the butter and pop them back into the oven for another 7,5 minutes.
As a finishing touch, you can add some more freshly cut parsley, cut up in tiny strips! Serve with dips of your choice or just as they are.