These rustic parmesan garlic balls are made with canned pizza dough, deep fried, and tossed in garlic butter for a great appetizer or game day snack.
1/4 cup unsalted butter*
3–4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt*
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
2 13.8-ounce cans refrigerated pizza dough (like Pillsbury)
Oil, for frying
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded, to taste
Chopped fresh herbs like parsley or basil, for garnish, optional
In a small pan, melt butter. Remove from heat then add garlic, salt, and crushed red pepper. Set aside.
In a medium pan, heat oil (at least 2″ deep) to 375 degrees F.
While oil heats, pinch off 1/2″ – 3/4″ pieces of pizza dough. Don’t make the pieces too large as they will not cook through. The dough will expand when frying.
Fry the dough balls in batches, about 2 minutes per batch, then remove and drain on paper towel. Continue frying the remaining dough balls.
Place the fried balls in a large bowl. Drizzle with the melted butter mixture and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat evenly.
Serve immediately (or keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve), topped with chopped fresh herbs and with marinara sauce on the side.
Want to avoid deep frying? Place the dough balls on a sheet pan and bake for 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree F oven. Toss them with the melted butter mixture as soon as they come out of the oven.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Snacks, Appetizers
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 306.03
- Sugar: 6.1 g.
- Sodium: 904.85 mg.
- Fat: 9.61 g.
- Saturated Fat: 4.9 g.
- Carbohydrates: 47.24 g.
- Fiber: 1.54 g.
- Protein: 8.82 g.
- Cholesterol: 17.38 g.
Keywords: refrigerated pizza dough, garlic, butter