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Not Just for Pizza — Simple Truth Crust Ideas

Do you have a favorite shirt? Most of us do. Mine is a medium blue, lightweight v-neck sweater that goes with almost everything. The nicest quality about the shirt is that it can be casual or dressed up. I can accessorize it depending on my mood or the formality of the situation. I know I will feel comfortable, be confident and look great when wearing it. It is my “go to” top. So, how does a favorite shirt have a connection with homemade Simple Truth Pizza dough? I knew you would wonder.

First, the Simple Truth Pizza Crust recipe (at is not complicated. It is easy to access. Second, like a shirt, the dough can be kept casual or dressed up into other possibilities. Changing the other ingredients will change the look and of course change the flavor. Some of those options will be explored below. Dough can be a comfort item for us. The more often we make it, the greater the opportunities to create foods that will match our style. Then, it becomes one of our “go-to” recipes.

Let’s explore some of the basic (yet tasty) options and then advance to more sophisticated uses of the Organic Pizza Dough. Note that for most of these recipes you will only need to complete the first 4 steps listed in the recipe. From there, you will give the dough personality according to the “accessories” selected.

Plain and Simple

  • Party Pretzels Makes 20 pretzels. Time needed: 45 minutes
    • Roll the prepared dough onto a lightly floured surface, creating a 12-by-10-inch rectangle. Cut it into twenty ½-inch-by-12-inch strips.
    • Lightly spray two baking sheets with Simple Truth Organic Canola Oil Cooking Spray, and preheat oven to 475 F.
    • Gently stretch each dough strip to 16 inches, then shape into pretzel form. Place onto the baking sheets, and bake at 475 F for 4 minutes.  
    • Remove pretzels from oven, and reduce temperature to 350 F.
    • Place 3 or 4 pretzels at a time into boiling water that has 2 Tbsp of salt dissolved in it. Boil for 1 minute on each side. Drain onto paper towels, then return to well-greased cooking sheets.
    • Brush the tops with an egg white wash (1 egg white and 1 Tbsp water beaten together), and sprinkle with Simple Truth Organic Sesame Seeds or Sea Salt.
    • Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Immediately remove pretzels to a wire rack to cool.


  • Pizza: Simply continue to follow directions on the Pizza Crust recipe, adding your favorite items such as Simple Truth Organic Sliced Portabella Mushrooms and Simple Truth Frozen Meatless Crumbles.
  • Calzones: Prepare just like a pizza, but fold in half and crimp edges together before baking.
  • Stromboli: This is another variation of the pizza dough, sauce and toppings.  This time, the dough is rolled, then baked. It would be a great idea to make mini Stromboli for a tailgating party platter or after-school snack. Add a dish of Simple Truth Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce on the side for dipping. YUM!

Sensationally Sweet

  • Sinful Cinnamon Rolls
    • Preheat oven to 375 F
    • On floured surface, roll dough into 12-by-8-inch rectangle.
    • Brush with ½ cup melted Simple Truth Organic Butter.
    • Mix 1 tsp Simple Truth Organic Ground Saigon Cinnamon with ½ cup Simple Truth Organic Sugar. Sprinkle mixture on top of dough.
    • Roll dough up tightly. Cut into 1-inch slices.
    • Place rolls on cookie sheet that has been sprayed with Simple Truth Organic Canola Oil Cooking Spray. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
    • For a quick glaze, mix ¼ cup melted Simple Truth Organic Butter with ½ cup Simple Truth Organic Powdered Sugar.

Let these ideas inspire you to be creative with the Simple Truth Pizza Crust. You may find the recipe becomes a comforting, “go-to” favorite.


What have you created with Pizza Dough?

About Karen Ilhardt:

Karen’s role as Home Economist in the Kroger Customer Connect (C|c) is to answer customer questions and write about recipes, ingredient substitutions, and Food Safety.  She holds BS and MS degrees from The Ohio State University’s College of Home Economics with a specialty in Resource Management.  Karen also has teaching credentials from Miami University (of Ohio) and Wright State University.  After having been a food teacher for 20 years she transferred to the corporate world in 2011.  Farming and crafting have always been a part of her life.  Karen values being part of our food production and preparation processes PLUS  being able to share those experiences with others.  The Simple Truth Brand embraces the wholesome nature of the foods we select and consume which makes a perfect choice for Karen’s lifestyle



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