• Helen Razer is forgoing garlic in solidarity with her food-sensitive partner ... for now. (Sydney Kramer)
Doughnuts and garlic knots! And plenty of other reasons to get inventive with your pizza dough.
5 Oct 2017 - 8:39 AM  UPDATED 24 May 2018 - 10:43 AM

We love pizza - in all its forms, from charry Neopolitan-style discs to rustic rounds cooked in a homebuilt pizza oven. So we're in chewy, crusty, cheese-topped ecstacy with The Pizza Show kicking off again this week on SBS Viceland (missed it? Catch up here). But beyond all the eating Frank Pinello is doing on-screen on our behalf, we're grateful for something else: garlic knots. And the thoughts they have inspired. 

Frank, you see, is a New Yorker. A New York pizzeria owner, in fact, and garlic knots are a very New York thing. Exactly when these little twists were first made is open to debate - some say the 1970s, other say the 1940s. But what you won't get any argument about is the fact that they are a genius way to use up scraps of pizza dough.  

So of course we had to nab Frank's own recipe for garlic knots for you (link below)! Because although we love pizza, that doesn't stop us loving the idea of going one step further. So here are some of our fave ways to use pizza dough, beyond the usual Italianate cheese-topped disc. 

1. The pizza sandwich

Roman pizza - thick, full of holes - makes truly excellent sandwiches. This one, from Stefano Manfredi, use three types of cheese along with tomato and chargrilled eggplant. 

2. Take a trip to Argentina

With more than half the population believed to be of Italian descent, it should come as no surprise that Argentines have their own style of pizza. The fugazzeta – derived from the word ‘focaccia’ – was created by a Genoese immigrant baker at the beginning of the last century and consists of a bread-like base and mountains of onion and cheese. Find the version below with mozzarella, provolone and green olives here, and another version which uses cream and mozzarella, and a lighter touch on the onions, here

3. Garlic knots

The New York Times gave Frank Pinello's garlic knots at his pizzeria Best Pizza a big thumbs up. Most, they wrote, let you down, but not Best Pizza's pecorino and parsley topped twists. If you want to see what the fuss is about, here's Frank's do-it-at-home version

Helen Razer is forgoing garlic in solidarity with her food-sensitive partner ... for now.

4. Use up leftovers 

Calzone and bread pockets are a great way to use up leftovers. Silvia Colloca makes these calzone with stewed capsicum and mozzarella-like cheese called caciocavallo (get the recipe here), but as long as your filling isn't too wet and sloppy, your imagination is the limit when it comes to calzone creativity. 

5. Breakfast or brunch

We'll admit, we love cold leftover pizza for breakfast. But equally deserving of a pizza-lover's day-start affections is breakfast pizza, or perhaps brunch pizza if you're making the dough on the morning your're cooking (you could pop leftover dough in the fridge overnight, and then just let it come to room temperature the next day before shaping and using). These breakfast pizzette, by Rich Harriss, are cooked on a barbecue. 

Brunch pizzette, from Fire and Smoke: Get Grilling with 120 Delicious Barbecue Recipes by Rich Harris, published by Kyle Books

6. Dessert pizza

Make your own choc-hazelnut spread and use it in this sweet pizza (pizza di cioccolata e nocciole). 

7. Pizza doughnuts

Giada De Laurentiis puts a sweet spin on things: jump over here to see her Cheat's Italian Doughnuts Using Pizza Dough

Love pizza? Don't miss season 2 of The Pizza Show Saturdays 6.30pm on SBS VICELAND  from 6.30pm May 26 and then on SBS On Demand. You can binge on all of season one on SBS On Demand right now. 

DIY dough
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Stefano's basic pizza dough

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