Everything you need to know about the semolina dough ball

When it comes to pizza, most people seem to pay attention to the combination of toppings, but at a closer look, a pizza is proven to be only as good as its crust. You will notice that small tweaks to the pizza dough recipe can have a big impact on the end product. In this article, we will take a closer look at a special type of dough made of semolina and what happens to the end product when you shift from traditional flour.

First of all, semolina is a type of flour made from durum wheat and it is mainly used in making pasta or couscous. Semolina is distinctive due to its very high gluten and protein content, which is why it is the preferred choice in making pasta. In case you ever wondered why pasta has a golden tone, the answer is that it gets it from the yellow coloured semolina flour.

When it comes to dough, we can use the high gluten and protein content of semolina to create a crispy and chewy textured pizza crust. As soon as you start working with a semolina dough ball, you will immediately notice its versatile stretch and elasticity. A semolina dough ball is no different than its white flour counterpart in terms of shelf life, storage and handling. The semolina dough ball is suitable to bake in almost any oven, from gas, electrical and wood burning to stone deck and convection ovens.

In terms of health benefits, there are some nutritional facts you should pay attention to if you are considering making the semolina dough ball a staple in your kitchen. Its high gluten content may be an issue for customers with celiac disease, wheat allergies or intolerance to gluten. On the other hand, semolina is known to be high in protein and iron, and rich in vitamin B. As mentioned earlier, it is made from durum wheat, which gets digested slower than other types of wheat, making you feel full longer.

At Mimi Foods, we offer semolina dough balls that come in a variety of weights to suit your needs. To order samples, contact us at artisticdough@mimifoods.ca

Why grilled pizza should be on your menu this summer

Grilled pizza is the perfect summertime dish that is sure to impress your customers with its crispy texture and smoky flavour. If you have a conventional electric oven operating all year round, grilling pizza on an outdoor grill can create those unmistakable charred spots without the need for an authentic wood burning oven. Another benefit of moving your pizza station outdoors in the summer is that it clears up more space in the kitchen which can be dedicated to another part of your operation.

How to make grilled pizza using Mimi’s Dough Ball

To create a thin crust personal size pizza, you may use our 8 oz dough ball for best results. Remove the dough ball from the fridge and allow it to thaw at ambient temperature for approximately 3 hours.  After the dough ball comes to room temperature, stretch it to 10 inches in diameter.

Prior to grilling, lightly brush the side that will go on the grill with olive oil, to prevent sticking. Place the dough on the preheated grill (at medium/low heat) and allow it to cook for a few minutes while brushing the top side with olive oil. At this point, the dough should have grill marks on it and should look like it’s starting to set and cook through.

Now it’s time to flip the dough over and start topping it with the toppings of your choice. We’ve outlined some of our favourite summer toppings below to inspire your next creation! Our suggestion is to avoid over-topping the crust, as it can prevent the pizza from cooking evenly all the way through. After topping, cook for a few more minutes until the edges look crispy and the delicious smoky charred spots have started to form. Allow it to cool for a few minutes and enjoy! Please note that cooking times may vary depending on grill type and temperatures.

Mimi’s summer pizza ideas using seasonal fruits and vegetables

  1. Light and easy: ripe tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese topped with a drizzle of olive oil and fresh basil leaves.
  2. Mediterranean inspired: a generous spread of hummus topped with roasted red bell peppers, grilled zucchini, roasted red onions and black olives.
  3. Avocado lovers: avocado and prosciutto topped with arugula and a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Rocky road inspired: brush with Nutella and top with toasted marshmallows and your favourite berries.
  5. Sophisticated: grilled cherries and goat cheese topped with balsamic vinaigrette and arugula.

We hope that these summer pizza ideas will inspire you to create your own delicious masterpiece. Grilled pizza is a creative limited time offer which is sure to delight your customers with its crispy texture and unmistakable smoky flavour. Make sure to check out our Mimi Foods dough balls to get your freezer stocked up just in time for the hottest months!