Like any warm-blooded American, I love pizza. Vegetables, on the other hand, were not always my first food choice. Then a few years ago my mother-in-law introduced me to her vegetable pizza. This simple recipe brings together a little of both worlds. I get a creamy (and a bit cheesy) delicious finger food with the added benefit of fresh produce!
You can find many similar recipes online, such as this one from Pillsbury, but all of the recipes I have found have the same basic concept: crust, cream cheese, and vegetables. Here is how my mother-in-law and I make it:
Prep Time: About 20 minutes, mostly chopping the veggies
- 2 8-oz cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or dough sheet
- 2 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
- 1 packet ranch dressing mix
- 1 package shredded cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 cup baby carrots, diced
- 1 small head of broccoli, diced
Poke holes in the dough with a fork, pop it in the oven, and cook as directed. It should come out golden brown and not too fluffy, like this:
While the dough is baking, begin dicing the vegetables. Dice them on the small end, but don’t mince them. You still want some good crunch on your pizza. When cutting the broccoli, you only want the sprout (top), but you don’t want them to fall apart so cut as much of the stem off as possible, like this:
Next, mix softened cream cheese with ranch dressing mix until it gets creamy (this part may take several minutes depending on how soft the cream cheese it).
Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture on onto the crust. Be very careful at this step. If the cream cheese isn’t soft enough or you spread it roughly the crust will flake or break apart.
Add the broccoli first as the base. You will need about a cup and a half to 2 cups of broccoli to cover the whole pizza. Then add about 3/4 cup of the carrots and 3/4 cup of the red peppers. Note: these are just estimates of what I ended up using. Play it by ear and put on as much as you like.
Finally, you want to top it with a little shredded cheddar cheese!
Carefully transfer the pizza to a large serving tray and slice with a sharp knife or pizza cutter (what I used). Now you can wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator or you can eat it right away!