Celebrate: It's National Doughnut Day

Fresh purchased pizza dough is much more versatile than its name suggests. Sure, you can make pizza with it. But here are five ways to use the dough in other ways, including making doughnuts!

Simply follow the directions on the package for bringing the dough to room temperature, and then try these ideas.

Mini Doughnuts

Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick; cut out doughnuts. Cover and let rise until double. Deep fry doughnuts until golden brown and toss in cinnamon-sugar to coat.

Appetizer Bites

Thinly roll out dough and cut into squares; place into greased mini-muffin tins. Fill with your choice of filling, such as chopped artichoke hearts, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and cheese. Bake at 425ºF. until lightly browned and cheese is melted.

Garlic Cracker Bread

Roll out dough as thinly as possible and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush with extra-virgin olive oil combined with minced garlic, and sprinkle with a mixture of sesame, caraway and fennel seeds. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; bake at 425ºF. until lightly browned and crisp.

Stuffed Baguettes

Roll out dough to rectangle and lightly brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Top with your favorite pizza toppings or sliced deli meat, cooked vegetables and cheese. Roll up dough into log shape, sealing ends and seams. Place on parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Cover and let rise until double in size; bake at 375ºF. until browned.

Pot Pies

Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick; place on top of gratin or casserole dish filled with your favorite pot pie filling. Brush dough with beaten egg; bake at 350ºF. until golden brown and filling is hot and bubbly.

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