“ Brand: Pizza Express / Type: Pizza „
My favorite dish at Pizza express are the dough balls. If you have never tried them you must be mad! They are quite literally to die for!
I first tried them a few years ago and loved them immediately. Now every time we go to Pizza express I order them.
The even better thing is that they are now available in supermarkets so I don't have to wait until I visit the restaurant! Bonus!
So what are Dough balls?
The dough balls are exactly what the name says. Dough shaped balls served on a plate and with the most amazing garlic dip (if you go to the restaurant).
If you buy the ones at home they are cooked with the garlic and are served with the garlic already smothered all over them. The dough is the loveliest you will have ever tasted. It is nice and crispy and light brown on the outside and then when you take a bite it is lovely and soft in the middle.
Dough balls are great if you are an adult or a child. My little girl loves them and she is quite a faddy eater but she always manages to clear her plate when these are around.
The ones that you get in the restaurant are definitely nicer than the ones from the supermarket but the supermarket ones are a close second.
The supermarket ones come in a little pack which has around 15 balls inside and the garlic butter. You can just cook them in their little foil packaging..
I would recommend these to anyone who likes garlic they are a lovely treat
After being introduced to Pizza Express a few years ago and going on about how amazing the dough balls were my mum saw these in Tesco at half price and bought them for me as a nice little surprise. They come in a plastic bag in a plastic box with a large pot of garlic sauce in a plastic container. The box contains 16 which is enough or two to share of for two meals for one person. They are very easy to cook, just put them in the oven for 4-6 minutes and then serve them up with the garlic sauce provided.
The dough balls are not quite as good as in the restaurant which is to be expected but they are very close and still delicious. I eat these as a mini starter for myself or as a sneaky afternoon snack. They go really well with the garlic sauce provided although I often find the sauce is a little oily most times and there is always far too much for me (although it's not enough for some people!) but I often save the sauce for another meal. The sauce is very well made and the taste of garlic is not weak either which is a great plus.
Overall the dough balls are great but I personally think they should be kept in the restaurants as many other brands have dough balls on offer that are just as good for a shop bought item however the garlic sauces provided are never as good!
Pizza Express is one of my favourite restaurants, and to tell you the truth, it's not just because of their pizzas! The tasty garlic bread starter and delicious chocolate fudge cake dessert certainly make them worth a visit. But sometimes we don't want to spend on a meal out, it's not convenient, or 'I just can't have all those calories!'
Well that's where the Pizza Express supermarket range comes in. You can have a little Pizza Express fix in the comfort of your very own home. A host of pizzas, salad dressings, garlic bread with mozzarella, and yes, dough balls are available.
The dough balls come in a plastic packet and can be found in the chilled section of most major supermarkets (Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsburys). You get 16 dough balls (200g) in the pack and a large tub of garlic butter dip which is easy to share between two or even three people.
They really are Express as they only take 4-5 minutes to warm in the oven until they are cooked to a lovely golden brown. They taste almost as great as in the restaurant although some flavour is lost as the dough isn't fresh; however this is to be expected. Excellent finger-food alongside a salad, they are relatively low calorie too - 4 dough balls and ¼ of the dip pot are 145 kcal. Another plus is that the garlic butter dip no longer contains hydrogenated ingredients, which is something that would have stopped me from purchasing before.
The dough balls will set you back £2.50 unless they are on offer (£1.87 on Ocado at the moment if you're interested!) Personally I feel that £2.50 is quite expensive, especially as on promotion you can get a Pizza Express pizza (around 245g) for £2. Nevertheless, this is far less than a whole meal out so for a snippet of Pizza Express, say yes to Dough Balls!
I love Pizza Express and most times I have been I have the dough balls as a startee. I was thrilled when they started selling them in the supermarkets and I now buy them regularly to go with my pizza. A box of these costs £2.50 and contains 200g.
The packaging is slightly different to the above picture, the doughballs now come in a brown plastic packet with the Pizza Express logo on the front and a window for you to see the dough balls in the packet. A packet contains 16 doughballs, which is enough for two to share. There is also a plastic pot of garlic butter to dip the doughballs in.
The doughballs are actually made from a pizza base, rolled up into smaller pieces.
To cook the doughballs you simply remove from the packaging place on a baking tray and bake at 200 degrees (for a fan assisted oven) for 3-4 minutes, for a electric oven you need to cook at 220 degrees for 4-5 minutes. Once you have baked them it is recommended that you serve the doughballs immediately.
Once the doughballs have been cooked they smell amazing, like freshly baked bread, they are slightly crunchy on the outside and 'doughy' and squishy in the middle when you break them apart. If you serve them when they are warm they melt the garlic butter and it seeps into the bread. The garlic butter is really nice, it has a strong garlic flavour, when I checked the ingredients it actually contains 16% garlic, for me this is a good thing as I love garlic.
The nutritional content is listed as;
per 8 dough balls
Sat Fat 0.2g
The nutritional content of the garlic butter is contained separately and bumps the fat content up to 15g.
I love these doughballs and would give them 5 out of 5, I only wish they came with more garlic butter as whenever my partner and I get these we always run out. They are exactly like the ones in the resturant though and they make a lovely starter or side dish with a pizza.
I've been to Pizza Express quite a few times over the last couple of years since a new restaurant opened up in my hometown. Almost everytime I go there I always order the dough balls as a side, and me and whoever I am there with always have a bowl of them in the middle of the table with some butter that we can dip them in. I love them every time and even though they are quite plain, simple and basic, I find them delicious and always enjoy them.
The dough balls cost £2.60 and I think you get about eight on the plate, although I don't remember exactly for sure how many there are. I can say for definite though that there are enough for two people to share them as a starter, or as a side with the main course. They come with or without garlic butter, normally when you place your order the waiter or waitress will ask you whether or not you want the garlic butter with them and I don't think it costs any extra. I would definitely recommend having these with garlic butter because on their own they taste a bit more basic.
The dough balls are tasty but they certainly aren't healthy. They have 350 calories in which is an awful lot for a starter/side. They have less calories if you have them without the butter, but as I said they taste much nicer with it so I would recommend having it.
The dough balls are suitable for vegetarians. I think that most people will really enjoy these, most people I know that have tried them have loved them. And they are one of my favourite starters.
So, if you're ever in Pizza Express I would definitely recommend you try these. You can also buy them separately from supermarkets. At £2.60 they are well worth trying out. Give them a go and they might become one of your favourite starters too!
Great balls of dough
One of my favourite starter dishes in Pizza Express are their famous dough balls and now you can serve these dough balls up in the comfort of your own home.
Dough balls are just what they sound like, little balls of baked dough. They are round obviously and are bout the size of a golf ball. What I love about them is that they outside is quite hard and then when you bite into them they have a lovely chewy doughy centre. The dough is amazing and light and has a lovely taste to it. They are best served warm but do go cold rather quickly so better to pop them in your mouth and eat them quickly.
I recently found a book of these in my local Tesco's as so thought I would try them at home. They are labeled as, "The Original Dough Balls with garlic butter dip." They say on the back of the book, "Divine inspiration or just fooling around? Whatever it was that prompted Dickie Bird (our first Master Baker, not the cricket umpire!) to create little balls of baked dough to serve with salad way back in the 80s, it's an idea that's stood the test of time." Their head chef, Antonio Romani says, "I've always loved dough balls, they're delicious and playful and a real winner with the kids."
The box of dough balls contains 16 balls made to their classic recipe with a garlic butter dip. The balls do not contain too many ingredients, just wheat flour, water, salt, rapeseed oil, yeast, sugar, flour treatment agent ascorbic acid. The garlic and olive oil butter dip that came with these was nice too and just like they serve up in the restaurant. It came in a little tub with a top that you peel back. I think it's probably a good idea to warm it up a tiny bit though as the butter was a bit hard when you first peel the top off.
These at home dough balls are extremely easy to 'make'. You can freeze these if you wish and I think it's a good idea as they are always handy to have in the freezer if you have guests round unexpectedly. If you do freeze them you let them defrost completely and they you just put them in the oven for 4-5 minutes and voila, they are done.
A lovely tasty treat to have at home!
Last night I went and sat with my mate while she was baby sitting for her little brother, we quite often do this and take it in turns to get a few bits in to eat. Last time it was her turn she did a wicked Indian buffet and we scoffed ourselves mad with delish food that must have took her and her mum HOURS to make..... and they're Indian, god knows how I would have ever put it together! pmsl
So this time I thought I'd get us a top quality pizza and do it with the works.... 2 different kinds of garlic bread, salads from the salad bar in Tesco, a few bottles of something cold, a WICKED chocolate pudding and these Pizza Express dough balls. I pushed the boat out a bit and this meal cost me nearly £20.00! lol The dough balls on their own were £2.29, that's proper expensive for what they are because that is dearer than a lot of pizzas and at the end of the day it's only rolled up left over dough!
You cook the dough balls in the oven for about 20 mins, inside the box there is a pot of garlic butter that you use for a dip. You get 16 dough balls and that was perfect for us 2, they're just as nice when they go cold so don't think you've got to eat them all in one go!!!
They're just pizza dough so it's mad to describe the taste, I think these things are more about texture than taste though and they taste good but they FEEL wicked to eat. The outsides go a bit crunchy, not exactly crunchy but like when the edge of a deep pan pizza is cooked. They taste lovely and doughy, the flavour is a bit bland but that's how dough balls should be and that's why they put the garlic butter dip in.
I wasn't mad keen on the dip though, it's proper greasy and I reckon they would be better with a hot dip that can be poured over the dough balls instead of a cold lump of greasy butter! The garlic flavour is wicked though and not over powering like I thought it would be.
Me and my mate both loved these dough balls and for occasionally they're deffo worth the money even though they're so expensive. They helped make the shop brought pizza into more of a meal and even though these are just an extra to go with other food they are quite filling so you could just have them for a snack if you wanted to.
I have only visited Pizza Express a few times, but every time I do I have to have their dough balls. You can also purchase them from Sainsburys now, so my review is more about the cook at home ones, than the restaurant ones.
A 200g box from Sainsburys contains 16 dough balls and a tub of garlic butter and costs £2.29, in the restaurant they actually cost £2.50 so there isn't a huge amount of difference in price, but I don't think you would get 16 in the restaurant, I think you get 5 or 6, so it actually works out a lot cheaper to get them from the supermarket.
The dough balls are literally just balls of dough, but they are just really funky and tasty, and they go so well with the garlic butter, they are much better than boring old garlic bread.
I don't really know about the nutritional information, as I don't have these on a regular basis, so I'm not too bothered, I don't think they will be too bad, but obviously just eating dough isn't like eating an apple!
When you cook these at home, they smell wonderful, they fill your kitchen with that lovely baking bread smell, and they only take 5-6 minutes in the oven.
The best thing about these for me is that they are plain. My husband hates garlic, so the fact that the garlic butter is separate makes him very happy, as he can still eat the dough balls, but with a dip of his choice from the hundreds in our fridge that we seem to collect!
These are great for parties, or just as a snack, I really like them so would definitely recommend them. I have seen that sainsburys do their own version a bit cheaper though, so they might be worth a try to.
Pizza express has to be my favourite restaurant hands down. Its for several reasons: food, service and trust. I trust all pizza express products to be turned out the same (delicious at that), and they are.
Dough balls are no different. I always love having a light, tasty starter. There's either the garlic bread, which is a bit too filling, or the small, delicious dough balls. They are great for a couple of reasons. Firstly, they come out of the kitchen warm and tender. Secondly, the you should expect to be provided with some garlic butter which melts onto the dough balls. It is the perfect starter to the perfect meal.
I have always considered starters important, seeing as generally they set the tone for a meal, which is something that certainly takes place at pizza express.
One of the other great things about these dough balls is that you can pick them up at most local supermarkets, take them home, bake them up in your oven and enjoy the same pleasure at home.
I must be honest and say that pizza express should just lighten the price a little bit. £4 for some bread balls is slightly excessive, but in the end I always succumb and can't resist!
I love the restaurant Pizza Express. My local one has a beautiful setting, overlooking the river and serves gorgeous food. I have never found a ceaser salad better than in Pizza Express anywhere in the world, and trust me i have been looking! (Just make sure you ask them to miss out the anchovies...ewww!)
I was so excited when I saw that Sainsburys had started doing a cook at home Pizza Express range. It was a little more than your usual cook at home food, but it was a hell of a lot cheaper than actually going out to the restaurant, so if you looked at it that way you were onto a winner.
The range included various pizzas and dough balls, both of which I had tried in Pizza Express and loved. The dough balls yu can get by themselves as a starter or a larger version can be had with a main course starter. I was only looking for snack on this particular journey to Sainsburys, so I grabbed the dough balls for an after dinner pig out! They were for sale at just under three pounds, and if they tasted anything like they do in the resatuarnt that would be a bargain.
There were 16 balls in the packet, which was more than enough for two of us (depending how greedy we were feeling, and the packet had over 500 calories in, so I definitely couldn't justify eating more than half!
I soon found the best way to cook the dough balls was in a hot preheated oven for a short spell of time, which is good as they are a quick to cook snack with no faffing around. (Obviously check the instructions and adapt to your own oven).
As they were cooking a delicious doughy home baked smell filled the kitchen, which made our mouths water as we waited the long few minutes for our treats.
The dough balls come with a tub of garlic butter to dip them into, which obviously adds to the gorgeous flavour and really softens them up. They are a fantastically tasty snack, a little hard and crusty on the outside and soft and fresh on the inside. They taste alike to those in the restaurant but not as fresh or cooked to perfection, as they havent been done as recently or by professionals. The price difference allows for a little less satisfaction though!
In a way I am quite glad they are not quite as nice as the resaturant as it still gives me an excuse to go! Don't get me wrong they are grogeous!
Pizza Express Dough Balls are 16 bized sized chunks of pizza dough with a garlic, butter and olive oil dip. The dough balls are made using the same ingredients that Pizza Express use in their restaurants which means you can enjoy your Pizza Express favourites at home but at a fraction of the price.
I tend to serve the dough balls with a home made spag bol or lasagne as we find them a really nice and light alternative to garlic bread (although I haven't compared the calories involved !). The dough balls are really easy to cook, pop them on a tray in a hot oven for a few minutes and then they are ready to go ... hot, delicious, doughy balls. The instructions on the box state that you need to defrost them thoroughly before use (if frozen) and this really is a must. I always have a box of dough balls on standby in the freezer and I have tried to cook them from frozen which has resulted in solid balls of stone which wouldn't even break in half, a million miles away from how they should be !
We have tried Supermarket own dough balls and they just don't compare, I'm not sure how Pizza Express do it but they get the consistency just right .. soft and doughy on the inside and squeezy on the out ... it almost makes me feel like I can cook !!
During my recent Tesco's dash for a Pizza Express pizza to cheer up my little girl I was looking for some garlic bread to eat with our pizza when I spotted these Pizza Express Dough Balls. They were not something that I had even heard of let alone eaten before when I spotted that they were on special offer - free when you bought a 12 inch pizza - I suddenly became quite intrigued. I popped them in my basket and was quite excited to have found a bargain.
From a quick look at the box I could see they were little dough balls that you simply popped in the oven for a few minutes and then eat them with the enclosed garlic butter dip .... they sounded yummy. Now I'm not sure I would have been tempted to buy them if they had been at their full price of £2.29 for a 200g box. This did seem quite expensive to me compared to your standard garlic bread and certainly if you were paying full price on top of the cost of the Pizza Express pizza you are faced with quite a hefty sum.
Now they only take approx 5 minutes to cook so I popped the actual box, which comes in the form of a foil tray in the oven when my pizza was 5 minutes away from being cooked. When the buzzer went I pulled them out and could see that they had turned slightly golden in colour, they certainly looked great.
My daughter was really excited when she saw these, I guess for a four year old, these dough balls look far more exciting than your standard garlic bread. I was quite impressed by the quantity that cam in the box, there was 16 of these little ball which was plently to share between the whole family. We all really enjoyed them, it was quite sociable having the box in the middle of table allowing us all to reach in and then dip them into the garlic butter.
The taste was also fab, they have quite a simple flavour but are gorgeously squiggy and not at all dry, they also tasted amazing with the yummy garlic butter, sure they are similar to garlic bread but I found them much more fun.
I'm still not sure sure if I would be persuaded to pay full price for these but I would snap them up if they were on offer or if I was looking for a special treat for my little ones.
AHHH pizza express dough balls. So simple, so tasty, so easy to eat. They are just about my favourite thing to eat in pizza express so I am absolutrly thrilled that you can now buy them in super markets. They are simply just balls of the dough baked in the oven for a few minutes and served witha delicious garlic butter. I went to pizza express with some friends a few weeks ago, none of them had ever tried dough balls (which was crazy in itself) and they all tried some of mine and they are now also addicted to having dough balls and currently our weekly visits to resturaunts now consist of going to Pizza Express! Its definitely worth trying or sharing whilst you have your starters, they are light and flufffy in the middle nicely baked on the outside and the garlic butter just tops it off - DELICIOUS!
Dough balls are probably my absolute favourite thing about Pizza Express. I honestly think they are yummier than a lot of the meals they serve, but it's best to share them so that they only wet your appetite rather than serving to stuff you completely. The really great thing about the dough balls is the garlic butter that it is served with, and the scret to getting the most out of this is to tear the dough ball in half so it fucntions as a kind of spoon that allows you to scoop the butter into the softer part of the doug ball. Otherwise if you dip it into the outer, less absorbent part of the ball then the butter has a tendencey to just roll off like raindrops on an umbrella.
Of course now you don't even have to go to a Pizza Express to enjoy these little bundles of joy. Enjoy.
Pizza Express has always been a favourite restaurant of mine, and I was delighted when they introduced some of their recipes in supermarkets a few years ago. I have to say though, the availablity of their terrific dough balls in supermarkets has been an absolute killer for my healthy eating programme. These dough balls, with garlic butter dip, are simply divine. They are the perfect starter for a casual dinner party with friends, and are just as great with a glass of wine and a movie for a late night snack. Although when cooked correctly these dough balls are amongst my favourite foods, it seems to me to be really easy to either under cook or over cook them (particularly as I have a fan oven and find it almost impossible to adjust my cooking times correctly!) Therefore, if in doubt, I completely urge you to pop along to your local Pizza Express to have these dough balls cooked freshly, and, to perfection!