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Cheesy garlic and herb butter Doughballs

By November 27, 2020 , ,

This can be a great way of using up leftover pizza dough but to be honest I like to make these instead of pizza sometimes using the tomato base as a dipping sauce. You have the elements of melted cheese and garlicy butter all wrapped up in pillowy bread. It's definitely a comfort food dish. 

100g salted butter (room temp)
10g finely chopped chives
10g finely chopped parsley
5g thyme leaves
5g finely chopped rosemary
5g dried oregano
50g grated parmesan
70g grated gruyere
5ml lemon juice
5ml Dijon mustard
2g freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves of garlic grated

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the flavours to come together

4g dried yeast
20ml olive oil
300g flour
185ml water
6g salt (sprinkled while mixing)

If using dried yeast place all the dry ingredients except the salt in a bowl, stir together well, gradually add the oil and water until the mixture forms a wet dough
Add the salt while mixing
Tip onto a floured board or work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it forms a smooth dough
For those of you making this in a stand mixer, tip all the ingredients (except the salt) into the bowl, ensuring you have the dough hook on
Start on a low speed and start to add the salt, after 4 minutes increase the speed to medium and continue for a further 5 minutes
Oil a bowl and place the dough into it, cover with either oiled cling film or a damp tea towel and allow to rise until it has doubled in size
You can also make this the night before or several days before and allow it to prove slowly in the fridge too, this is my preferred method as it allows for flavour development


50ml extra olive oil for oiling the baking dish/cast iron dish (20cm round or 24cm oval)

Line a baking dish or cast iron deep dish with parchment paper 
Preheat the oven to 190c (fan), 200c (normal), or set up your BBQ for indirect cooking at 200c 
Tip the dough out onto a floured board and divide up into 10 evenly sized pieces
Roll each piece out into a flat round
Place a small piece of the garlic butter mixture into the middle and close up the dough and form a ball
Pour over half the oil on the lined baking dish/cast iron dish
Start to place the balls next to one another on the dish until you have filled it
Pour over the rest of the oil 
Bake in the oven/BBQ for 35 minutes
Remove the balls from the dish and place either directly on the oven shelf or on the pizza stone in the BBQ and cook for a further 15 minutes

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