Sure pizza is great, but think beyond the circle! From calzones to pinwheels, rolls to flatbread, these ideas will spark your pizza dough creativity.
1. Pizza On A Stick
My daughter and her friends had fun turning sausage, pepperoni, veggies and pizza dough into these cute kabobs. Give our version a try or make your own using you favorite light pizza toppings. —Charlene Woods, Norfolk, Virginia >> Get the recipe.
2. Herbed Cheese Sticks
We love the breadsticks at our local pizza joint. Now I can get that same gooey-from-the-oven treat, but I never have to leave the house. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine >> Get the recipe.
3. Stromboli Sandwich
I’ve made this Stromboli sandwich many times for parties, and it gets great reviews. You can add ingredients and spices to suit your taste. The recipe is so good I just had to share it with you! —Leigh Lauer, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania >> Get the recipe.
4. Muffin Tin Pizzas
I just baked these mini pizzas and the kids are already demanding more. The no-cook pizza sauce and refrigerated dough make this meal a snap. —Melissa Haines, Valparaiso, Indiana >> Get the recipe.
5. Pull Apart Pizza
We’re huge Notre Dame fans, and we tailgate. A lot! This is one of those recipe that is a sure fit hit with the kids and the adults. Sometimes we get crazy and add other “pizza” type ingredients like olives, or peppers, but mainly we stay with the original pizza pull apart bread–it seems to be a good luck charm for our team! — Provided by Dana Elliot, Culinary Specialist, on behalf of Physicians Mutual Insurance >> Get the recipe.
6. Mediterranean Turkey Pot Pies
Your clan will love these wonderful, stick-to-the-ribs potpies with a Mediterranean twist. I always use the leftovers from our big holiday turkey to prepare this recipe. I think my family enjoys the potpies more than the original feast! —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan >> Get the recipe.
7. Spinach-Stuffed Pizza
I had my first stuffed pizza when I attended college near Chicago. I was amazed to see pizza well over an inch thick, with topping on the inside! When I served this version to my family, there are no leftovers. —Nancy Gilmour of Sumner, Iowa >> Get the recipe.
8. Quicker Cheesy Onion Focaccia Bread
Turn an everyday dinner into a special meal with oven-fresh cheese bread featuring convenient bread dough. —Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen >> Get the recipe.
9. Italian Meat Stromboli
As a mother of two, it seems the only time I have to be creative is in the kitchen. I received a similar recipe from a co-worker but decided to add veggies and spices. >> Get the recipe.
10. Amazing Mac & Cheese Pizza
I love pizza, and I love macaroni and cheese. After lots of experimenting, I figured out a wonderful way to combine the two. The pizza is a big hit among my colleagues, friends and family! —Martha Muellenberg, Vermillion, South Dakota >> Get the recipe.
11. Spinach-Egg Breakfast Pizzas
I like my food pretty, and this breakfast pizza is eye-popping. Bring it to the table with a bowl of berries or grapes and café au lait. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia >> Get the recipe.
12. Sausage, Pepper, and Mozzarella Calzones
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13. Quick & Easy Deep Dish Pizza
I was trying to impress my boyfriend with my cooking, so I made this meaty pizza. I think it worked. Here we are 17 years later, and I still make it for our family at least once a month, if not more! —Stacey White, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina >> Get the recipe.
14. Triple Tomato Flatbread
Tomatoes are the reason I have a vegetable garden, and I developed this recipe as a way to show off my plum, sun-dried and cherry tomatoes. It’s so easy, and will absolutely impress. —Rachel Kimbrow, Portland, Oregon >> Get the recipe.
15. Scrambled Egg Pockets
We used a simple homemade pizza dough to make these protein- and fiber-packed egg pockets, but a store-bought dough works, too. They make a great handheld breakfast on the go, or an easy weeknight dinner. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen >> Get the recipe.
16. Quick Calzones
Leftover meat sauce makes a hearty calzone that tastes like it’s made from scratch. Top the calzones with a sprinkling of Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin >> Get the recipe.
17. Cheesy Pizza Rolls
The cast-iron skillet browns these delicious rolls to perfection. My family can’t get enough. Use whatever pizza toppings your family likes best. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas >> Get the recipe.
18. Bacon Breakfast Pizza
I used to make this for my morning drivers when I worked at a pizza delivery place. And they just loved it. It’s a quick and easy eye-opener that appeals to all ages. —Cathy Shortall, Easton, Maryland >> Get the recipe.
19. Overnight Baked Eggs Bruschetta
I like to spend as much time as I can with my guests when they stay with me for the holidays, so I rely on make-ahead recipes to help make that happen. Because most overnight brunch casseroles are so similar, I came up with a breakfast bruschetta for a fun change of pace. —Judi Berman-Yamada, Portland, Oregon >> Get the recipe.
20. Caramelized Onion & Fig Pizza
This is a sensational variation on traditional pizza. It’s creamy, sweet and a little salty, with a buttery crunch from the pine nuts. I like to serve it with mixed baby greens salad and a vinaigrette. —Connie Balbach, Bemidji, Minnesota >> Get the recipe.|
21. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Flatbreads
This is a combination of grilled pizza and a cheesy flatbread recipe I discovered years ago. It’s a great appetizer or main dish. —Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania >> Get the recipe.
22. BBQ Chicken Pizza Rollup
These slices make a fab, filling snack with loads of sweet and tangy flavor. —Tracey Birch, Queen Creek, Arizona >> Get the recipe.
23. Buffalo Wing Bites
The buffalo wing fans in my family were happy to taste test when I invented these snacks. We love them anytime—especially during football games. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming >> Get the recipe.
24. Maple Cran-Apple Breakfast Pizza
When hosting overnight guests, I like to start their day with a giant surprise – a breakfast pizza with apples, sausage and cranberries. Bye-bye, ho-hum morning. —Marybeth Mank, Mesquite, TX >> Get the recipe.
25. Reuben Calzones
I love a Reuben sandwich, so I tried the fillings in a pizza pocket instead of on rye bread. This handheld dinner is a big-time winner at our house. —Nickie Frye, Evansville, Indiana >> Get the recipe.