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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls

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These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser or party snack. They’re easy to make with pizza dough and taste amazing drizzled with garlic and herb butter!

Note: This post was first published in 2016, I have now updated the photos and text to make it even more helpful to you when making these incredible stuffed dough balls!

Cheese! Cheese dough balls! How else do you like your cheese?!

Do you like four of them in a fancy butternut squash lasagne? Or do you like it all melty on a baked gnocchi? Or how about stirred through soup?

All of those are good but I’d say that one of the most amazing ways to get your cheese hit is stuffed inside something carby and delicious like this recipe for dough balls with mozzarella!

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Sometimes we just want a whole lot of carbs. Like even more than normal. A Friday night a few weeks ago was one of those occasions. We considered all the usual carb options.

Heaping bowls of pasta, massive pizzas with stuffed crust, anything Mexican. Then we remembered we had pizza dough in the freezer and there was pretty much no other option than to make dough balls.

Dough balls remind me of going to Pizza Express when I was younger. You UK peeps know the ones?

When Pizza Express used to standardly always have a buy one get one free deal on their main courses. Then of course you’d have a whole load of dough balls to kick everything off. So warm and dipped in that garlic butter, yes!

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But, let’s be honest, those dough balls were lacking a little something in the shape of cheese and pesto. So we decided to fix that by stuffing our dough balls with red pesto and mozzarella.

And then smothering them in garlic butter before and after baking. Yes, that’s right, garlic butter. You’re welcome.

Can I tell you a secret? We ate these and THEN we ate lasagna. Slightly ridiculous.

Will and I are just a terrible influence on each other and, on the whole, I always always think I can eat more than I actually can. It’s an annoying problem which leads to a lot of half eaten plates of food.

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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls Ingredients:

To make these easy stuffed dough balls you will need:

  • Pizza Dough: We love to make a double batch of pizza dough every time so that we always have some in the freezer. If you want to make your own then you can use the recipe in this sriracha chicken bacon ranch pizza post, otherwise store bought will be fine
  • Mozzarella: The perfect melty, stretchy cheese
  • Pesto: For these dough balls we used red pesto which adds a delicious tomato flavour but they would be just as good with classic green pesto. Store bought or homemade will work equally well
  • Garlic: For the garlic butter added before and after cooking
  • Butter: I prefer to use unsalted so that you can control how much salt you’d like to add 
  • Herbs: We added a little chopped parsley for a delicious herby garlic butter

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How do you make dough balls?

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls are so super easy, simply:

  1. Cut your pizza dough: Heat the oven then cut your pizza dough into 12 equal pieces. 
  2. Make your dough balls: Flatten each piece of dough and add a spoonful of pesto and a cube of mozzarella to the middle of the circle. Wrap the dough around the pesto and mozzarella and shape into balls.
  3. Bake the dough balls: Place each dough ball on a lined baking sheet. Melt half the butter and garlic together and brush the dough balls with the garlic butter. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Brush with garlic butter and serve: Melt the remaining garlic butter and brush over the baked dough balls before serving.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls Variations:

  • Try different flavours: Instead of pesto try using a different sauce, chipotle paste would work really well or a tomato marinara style sauce
  • Use a different cheese: If you don’t want to use mozzarella you could try any melting cheese, cheddar would be good 
  • Make them sweet: Try adding a square of chocolate or a scoop of nutella to the middle of the dough balls instead of cheese and pesto, sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving

Want more? Try these other recipes using pizza dough!

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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser or party snack. They're easy to make with pizza dough and taste amazing drizzled with garlic and herb butter!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 Dough Balls
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity Pizza Dough (see notes)
  • 100 g Mozzarella in 8 cubes
  • 2 tbsp Red Pesto
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 4 tbsp Butter melted
  • Small bunch Parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan oven). Split the pizza dough into 8 balls. Flatten each one and place a little red pesto and a cube of mozzarella in the middle. Fold the dough around it and roll into a ball.
  • Place each dough ball on a baking tray covered in grease proof paper. Mix half the garlic and melted butter together and brush each dough ball with the mixture. Place in the oven for 20 minutes, checking for doneness from 15 minutes onwards. Mix the rest of the butter and garlic with the parsley and drizzle over the dough balls before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 350mg 15%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3.8%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

We used the pizza dough recipe from here and that made the right amount of dough.
The nutritional information is per dough ball.
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeni @ Biscuits & Booze
    01/09/2017 at 2:57 PM

    OMG, little pizza-y pesto cheese flavor bombs! MUST. HAVE.

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    01/09/2017 at 3:27 PM

    Mozzarella flavours are irresistible, just love ur pics. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Beth
    01/09/2017 at 4:14 PM

    Pesto is totally my new favorite food but I have not had red pesto, yet! Must do some research on that one! Yum, these look amazing! We are the same way. There are always half eaten plates in the refrigerator that we eat the next day for lunch!

  • Reply
    Ginny
    01/09/2017 at 5:33 PM

    Such a great idea to put pesto into yeast rolls. Delicious!

  • Reply
    Edyta at Innocent Delight
    01/09/2017 at 9:55 PM

    I take anything with pesto and mozzarella. These dough balls look [email protected]!

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