Did you know Trader Joe’s has premade pizza dough? Did you know it’s only $1.19?! At first I was a little scared of getting down to the pizza basics at home. Sticky, doughy, do I even have flour? But seriously, it’s pretty dang easy to use. Not to mention cheap. I’ve made big pizzas and calzones, of course. But my favorite thing to do with the dough is premake and par-bake four mini crusts, then freeze them for later! Garbage pizza can be ready in less than 15 minutes. Do I even need to mention it’s way cheaper than delivery? Here’s How To Make Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Into Freezer Friendly Premade Pizza Crusts (plus some topping ideas)!
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So, why make these crusts at home, instead of just calling for delivery or buying a premade pizza at the store?
- I mentioned this but one more time – the dough is only $1.19 for 16 ounces. And it’s practically ready to bake, besides rolling it out into your favorite pizza shape.
- We rarely spend money on specific toppings for the pizzas, and instead just throw on leftover chicken, peppers, onions, bacon, TACO ingredients… Pretty much anything. Use up leftovers to reduce food waste. My exception is turkey pepperoni 🙂
- If you only pull one mini pizza crust out of the freezer, you’re only going to eat that much. No ordering pizza, swearing to only eat two pieces, and then eating 1.5 more “while it’s cooling”. One mini pizza crust has approximately 240 calories (1/4 of the whole package of dough). Plus you can control the amount of cheese and toppings that go on top.
How To Make Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Into Freezer Friendly Premade Pizza Crusts
So let’s talk about how it’s done. First, the dough needs to be at least close to room temperature when you start working with it. I normally cut off the top of the bag and let the dough roll out onto a floured surface. Cover it with a towel and let it warm up and expand for 20ish minutes. While that’s going on, I’ll get out my pizza crisper tray and spray it with non-stick cooking oil so it’s ready for the dough. Make sure you’ve got a rolling pin, fork, butter knife, and extra all-purpose flour handy.
When the dough is ready, gently form it into a ball. Use the knife to cut it down the middle, and from left to right, into four even quarters. Separate the quarters and gently roll each one in your hands until a ball is formed.
At this point, preheat your oven to 475 degrees. One by one, form each dough ball into an 8-inch diameter pizza crust by doing the following: Start with flour on your rolling pin and the surface. Roll the dough ball 1-2 times up and down with the rolling pin. Pick up the dough, rotate 90 degrees, and roll the dough ball again 1-2 times up and down. Repeat this process 4-6 times until your dough is about 8-inches in diameter.
You can then choose to leave your edges flat or fold them over to look like the ones here. I use the pinch and fold method (thanks to my old job at the college dining center). I’ll do my best to explain:
- Hold your left pointer finger on the edge of the dough (see video!).
- Use your right thumb and pointer finger to pinch the edge of the dough to the right of your first pointer finger.
- Fold the pinch over and use your right pointer finger to push the folded dough down and connect to the bottom.
- Move your left pointer finger where your right just was, and repeat around all the edges of the dough.
- When I start doing videos, this will be my FIRST. I swear. This is so much easier to watch and learn. For now, just try out your favorite pie crust edges or leave them alone. (UPDATE: There’s a video now!!)
Arrange all four mini crusts on the prepared pizza pan, moving each one gently as they are completed. Bake the crusts in the oven (475 degrees) for 9 minutes.
When those are done, you can either lower the oven temp to 400 degrees to make a pizza now, or turn the oven off, let them cool and freeze for another day.
From the refrigerator: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top the crust with your choice of toppings. Bake directly on the oven rack for 10-13 minutes, or until golden brown and melty cheese.
From the freezer: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top the crust with your choice of toppings. Bake directly on the oven rack for 13-16 minutes, or until golden brown and melty cheese.
Other Freezer Friendly meal ideas:
- Freezer Friendly Sweet Potato Brownie Bites
- Make-Ahead Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos
- Spicy Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs
Four mini pizza crusts in the freezer for emergencies!! Using SUPER cheap Trader Joe’s dough!
- 16 ounces Trader Joe’s premade pizza dough (I use whole wheat, but any variety will work)
- at least 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- non-stick cooking spray
- Remove the dough from the packaging and set it on a clean surface sprinkled with flour. Cover with a towel and let it come to room temperature (about 20-25 minutes). It should also expand slightly.
- When the dough is nearly ready, pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees.
- Spray a pizza crisper pan (any large flat baking pan will work if you don’t have a pizza pan) with non-stick cooking spray.
- Rub your clean hands with a small amount of flour and gently roll the dough into a loose ball. Use a knife to cut down the middle and from left to right into four even quarters.
- Separate the quarters. One at a time, gently roll each quarter of dough in your hand until a ball is formed.
- One by one, form each dough ball into an 8-inch in diameter pizza crust by doing the following: Start with flour on your rolling pin and the surface. Roll the dough ball 1-2 times up and down with the rolling pin. Pick up the dough, rotate 90 degrees, and roll the dough ball again 1-2 times up and down. Repeat this process 4-6 times until your dough is about 8-inches in diameter.
- Leave your crust edges alone or use the pinch and fold method described and pictured in the post above.
- Use a fork to gently make random holes in the crust bottom to eliminate air bubbles. This doesn’t tend to be a problem with TJ’s dough but I like to think this helps.
- Arrange all four mini crusts on the prepared pizza pan, moving each one gently as they are completed. Bake the crusts in the oven for 9 minutes. The crust should be just barely turning golden brown in a couple spots.
- Remove from the oven and let them cool on a baking sheet.
- For immediate use, lower the oven temperature to 400. Top with your toppings and bake for 7-9 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
- From the refrigerator: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top the crust with your choice of toppings. Bake directly on the oven rack for 10-13 minutes, or until golden brown and melty cheese. Optional: Brush the crusts with oil and minced garlic to keep them from getting too dry.
- From the freezer: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top the crust with your choice of toppings. Bake directly on the oven rack for 13-16 minutes, or until golden brown and melty cheese.
Stores for up to 3 months in the freezer or 3 days in the refrigerator.
Update: Video added on 5/20/17.
- Serving Size: 1 mini pizza crust
- Calories: 240
- Fat: 3g
- Carbohydrates: 48g
- Protein: 10g
For this recipe, I used:
- Pepperoni & Cheese
- Canadian Bacon & Pineapple
- Spinach, Pesto, Sun-Dried Tomato
- Chicken, Green Peppers, Onions
- Artichoke, Mushroom, Garlic
- Olive, Tomato, Pesto
- BBQ Sauce, Chicken, Onion
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