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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls

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These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended.

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!

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

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.

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

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!

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!      These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

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 baking. Yes, that’s right, garlic butter. You’re welcome.

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

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.

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls though? They were totally worth being horribly full for! You will love them!

If you want more ways to use this dough recipe then how about pizza?! There’s plenty of pizza recipes right here.

Keep scrolling to get the recipe…

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These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!
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Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls

These pesto mozzarella stuffed dough balls make a perfect appetiser. These cheesy dough balls are so easy to make and would be great for a party!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword comfort food, snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 Dough Balls
Calories 193 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. 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.

  2. Place each dough ball on a baking tray covered in grease proof paper. Mix 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.

Recipe Notes

We used the pizza dough recipe from here and that made the right amount of dough.

The nutritional information is per dough ball.

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Nutrition Facts
Pesto Mozzarella Stuffed Dough Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 499mg 21%
Potassium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 3.9%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 6.8%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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 fantastic@!

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