How To Make Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough Into Freezer Friendly Premade Pizza Crusts
Yield:4 mini pizza crusts 1x
Prep:20 minutesCook:9 minutesTotal:29 minutes
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 cupall 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. To freeze, cool completely and then store in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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. Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal. Update: Video added on 5/20/17.