Dough Balls are round pieces of bread made from pizza dough, that are dipped into a garlic butter or marinara sauce. They are good served as an appetizer, a snack or a side dish. They are tasty little bites of bread.
My friend, Nwe, lives in the UK. She sent me a picture of the dough balls that she and her family were enjoying with dinner one evening. They looked tasty. Nwe told me that I should make them. So, I listened to her and made some. 🙂 We liked them! I prefer the garlic butter sauce for dipping, but Jeff prefers marinara sauce. I think that it is appropriate to post this recipe during Nwe's birthday week, too! Happy Birthday, Nwe! 🙂
I use a pizza dough recipe for these tasty little bites of bread. I have made the dough balls with just plain pizza dough as well as with spices added to the dough, like I did with the Breadsticks recipe.
If you really like the flavor of garlic, add a teaspoon of granulated garlic to the dough when you add the flour. The bread itself will have a garlic flavor, then you will get even more garlic flavor after dipping it into the dipping sauce. Other spices like Italian Seasonings, basil, oregano and granulated onion are all good flavors to add to the dough.
You could brush the dough balls with a seasoned butter, like I do with the Breadsticks, too. You can get creative with what you can do with the flavors!
This recipe makes more than what Jeff and I can eat for a single meal, so I store any leftovers in a plastic container on the counter. The Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce reheats well in the microwave. Be sure to stir the sauce well after reheating. We sometimes use the leftovers like dinner rolls by cutting them in half then putting butter on them.
I hope you enjoy the Dough Balls!
Dough Balls with Garlic Butter Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons loose yeast
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 3/4 - 4 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water. Sprinkle sugar on top. Let the yeast rest 10-15 minutes or until the yeast starts to bubble and grow. If the yeast does not grow, start over with different yeast.
- Add the salt and vegetable oil to the yeast. Stir to combine. I mix this recipe by hand, but you could use an electric mixer, if you prefer.
- Gradually add the flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is formed and no longer sticky.
- Put the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. This step usually takes 10-15 minutes.
- Lightly spray wax paper with cooking spray then cover the dough with the wax paper. Let rest for 45 minutes to one hour. The dough will almost double in size.
- Lightly grease one or two baking sheets with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Pinch off a small amount of dough and form a ball that is about 1-inch to 1.5-inches in diameter.
- Place the dough balls about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
- Cover the dough balls with wax paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Let rest about 10-15 minutes. I preheat my oven while the dough balls are resting.
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the dough balls are lightly browned.
- Melt the butter in a small bowl.
- Add the garlic and salt then stir to combine.
- Serve dough balls and dipping sauce warm.