Pizza Buddy - Frozen Pizza Dough Review

Walmart’s Pizza Buddy 16oz Dough Review

I could eat Pizza every single day but I still can’t remember to prep for the pizza by making my own pizza dough. This is why I love Walmart’s Pizza Buddy 16oz dough. Our local Walmart is only 15 minutes away and we normally drive by every day so its very convenient to drop in there to get the Pizza Buddy dough, they usually have them frozen and sometimes you can find some defrosted. Depending on how quick you want to make pizza you can choose which one works best for you.

I know the “Pizza Gurus” are rolling in their grave right now because we aren’t using their nonnas 10000 year old dough recipe and making it from scratch, it must be horrible pizza. Now that I got that disclaimer out the way =) Please try the pizza dough before you become a harsh critic about it. We are so quick to judge something because we are thought something as young chickens and then as adults we think it can only be one way or no way at all. If you watch my Only Pizza Fan YouTube Channel, 90% of the pizzas I bake are with Walmart’s Pizza Buddy 16oz dough in Walmart’s Expert Grill 15″ Pizza Oven.

Step 1 – My portable pizza oven is the Expert Grill 15″ Charcoal Pizza oven. I like to split the 16oz Pizza Buddy dough into halfissh, I don’t really use a scale since I can’t find it anytime I actually need it haha. So I just guess, usually one is always smaller but that is fine.

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Step 17 – The 6 Pizzas baked with the Expert Grill 15″ Pizza Oven. The images are sorted in the same way they came out the oven. Some had too much heat, some just had the perfect amount. Its a challenge keeping the fire consistent while also running inside to stretch the dough and get it ready for pizza toppings.

Making Vito Lacopelli Pizza Dough

After watching his video, twice, I decided it was time to make Vito Lacopelli pizza dough. If you want an authentic pizza dough recipe, you have to follow his to the letter! In order to do this, you need a food scale and measuring cups.

For the perfect pizza dough recipe, you will need to make the poolish. Poolish is made my mixing water, yeast and flour. This will essentially be your yeast that you use a day later with the rest of the ingredients. For the poolish you will need:

  • 300 ml of water
  • 300 gr of flour
  • 5 grams of dry yeast
  • 5 grams of honey

After mixing all the ingredients you place the mixture in an airtight container and leave it in the fridge 16-24 hours. I may have left it in there a little longer because my brain forgets easily.

The next day, I did the remaining steps of Vito Lacopelli pizza dough. For the next part you will need:

  • 700 ml of water (3 cups of water)
  • 1250 gr flour
  • 40 gr salt

The first part is to mix 700 ml of water with the poolish. After incorporating this into a smooth consistency, you add half of the flour and mix some more. Once that is incorporated you add the salt and mix thoroughly. I did not do this step correctly. I mixed it enough but I should have probably done at least a minute or two not 15 seconds or so. Next, you add the remaining flour and create a loose dough ball.

Since I didn’t add enough water, my dough was a little harder. Vito’s dough was stickier so he covered it for 15 minutes and voila! It was perfect. I covered my dough for 20 minutes. The next step was to coat your hands with olive oil (I ran out and used canola) and loosely shape the dough into a round ball. Once you have your dough shape, coat your container or bowl with oil and place the dough inside. Let the dough rise for another 30 minutes then you can cut it into strips and smaller dough balls.

Perfect Pizza Dough Balls

This is where your scale will come in handy. You can make sure that every ball is equal or as close to equal in weight as possible. We aimed for 180 grams for every pizza dough ball. After letting the dough balls rise for two hours, they are ready to be used for pizza. We left out two dough balls and placed the remaining doughs in the freezer. You can freeze the dough overnight and then place them in individual freezer bags.

From Vito’s recipe we got 13 180g pizza doughs. If I added just a tad more water, perhaps I would have gotten more. We will have to try the recipe again and maybe use the mixer. Vito Lacopelli pizza dough came out great! So far, we’ve used it to make “mini burger buns,” bagels, and pizzas. This is the perfect pizza dough recipe for Neapolitan style pizza. Give it a try! You won’t hate it! And you won’t need to buy Walmart pizza dough for a few days at least.

Healthy Pizza Dough Options

Some might say pizza’s healthy and has all the essentials we need. Others will argue that pizza has too many carbs and that carbs are bad that turn into sugar. Carbs can spike our blood pressure and diabetes and cause other health concerns. Some might say that cheese is terrible and makes you fat, but it’s proven that it doesn’t. The issue is with carbs and how to reduce them in your pizza.

Healthy Pizza

Whether you want to cut down on your carbs intake or want to lose weight, there are other healthy pizza dough alternatives that you’ll love. These include using:

  • Cauliflower pizza dough
  • Zucchini crust
  • Broccoli pizza crust
  • Protein crust
  • Pumpkin zucchini crust

These are just a few of the different keto-friendly, low-carb cust options. If you want to eat pizza but not feel guilty about it, choose one of the above products. They can help you enjoy pizza in a new way and can help you make other health-conscience decisions.

You can also make healthy pizza by adding fresh tomatoes instead of canned pizza sauce. Another option is to add more vegetables to your toppings. Peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and zucchini are some of the low-carb veggie pizza toppings. You can also use healthier pizza sauce options, such as white keto sauce.

Whatever you do, there is no need to give up eating pizza! Instead, get your pizza oven and start experimenting. Make healthy pizza dough options your mission in life at least once a month.

Best Pizza Dough Alternatives

Making pizza at home is easy and can be fun if you have the best pizza dough. The dough is what makes the pizza. Okay, the sauce and cheese are also vital, but without the dough, you have no pizza. The best pizza dough will probably be the one you make because it will be fresh, and you control the ingredients. A basic pizza dough recipe includes pizza flour or all-purpose flour, water, salt, sugar, yeast, and a little olive oil. The hardest part of making your dough is waiting for it to rise.

Other Pizza Dough Options

If you do not want to make pizza dough ahead of time, you have plenty of other excellent pizza dough options. One of the best dough options for pizza is purchasing it at your local pizza store. If the restaurant does not sell you their dough, you can buy one in your grocery store. I love to purchase Walmart pizza dough, even though the price went up fifty cents during Covid-19. A dollar fifty for one dough is affordable and will help you make a decent pizza pie.

Other great options for pizza dough are pizza kits. These options come in a bag full of pizza flour and yeast. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and add water. My favorite is DeLallo Pizza Dough Kit. The package is around five dollars and makes four small pizzas or two larger ones.

Instant Pizza Mix

Another pizza mix that is fast and easy to use is Betty Crocker Pizza Crust mix. All you need to do is add water, mix, and wait five minutes. The dough will rise and be ready for use. One thing to note is that for this dough, you have to cook the dough for a few minutes first, add your ingredients, and finish cooking.

The last resort for choosing the best pizza dough is to purchase ready-made pizza crusts. These options look like flatbread with holes in them. You take it out of the package, add your ingredients, and bake it in the oven. Voila!

If you want to make pizza at home, the above dough options can help. If you decide to make your pizza dough, you can divide the dough and freeze it for later use.