Veggie Pizza

The past few days have felt unusually spring-like, and tonight we celebrated by having veggie pizza and stuffed eggs for dinner. It was my first attempt at making veggie pizza, but it was so good I wanted to share what I did! One thing to keep in mind–it was a bit unruly to eat, so if you’re worried about being neat while eating I would scale down the amount of veggies. But if that’s not a concern, go for it! We liked having it piled with fresh veggies!

Ingredients:

-1 tube of crescent roll dough
-8 oz cream cheese, softened
-1 c. ranch dip (can be made with ranch dressing powder and sour cream)
-chopped veggies of your choice; I used onions, red and green sweet peppers, broccoli, and tomatoes
-1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

Press the crescent roll dough into a lightly greased glass 9×13 baking pan and bake at 375°F for 15 minutes. Cool completely. (I actually baked the crust this morning, then let it cool all day.)

Mix together the cream cheese and ranch dip and spread over the crust.

Arrange veggies on top and sprinkle with cheese. Press the veggies and cheese into the crust and cream cheese/dip mixture if possible, as this will help them stick better.

Chill, or serve fresh.

Note: I had seen a couple different places that this was best made with crescent roll dough. I would agree that it was delicious, but that is not something I usually keep on hand and I plan to experiment with making an equivalent crust that would not require a purchased ingredient. I’ll update the post if I come up with a good alternate solution!

Pizza Dough

I love making pizza dough because there are so many things I can do with it: pizza, of course…but also stromboli, hotdog and hamburger buns, pigs-in-a-blanket, and pizza balls. I made a double batch a few days ago for pigs in a blanket, and today I’m using the rest to make pizza balls. Last week I made mozzarella cheese, so I’m fully expecting them to be extra delicious! But the base of it all is the dough, so here you go:

Ingredients:

-1 pkg (2 1/2 t) active dry yeast
-1 t sugar
-1 c warm water
-2 1/2 c flour
-2 T olive oil
-1 t salt

Directions:

In a large bowl (I put everything straight into my kitchenaid mixer bowl), dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water and let stand for about 10 minutes in a warm place. Add oil and salt, mix well, then add flour. I add a cup, beat it, add another cup, beat it, then add the final half cup and knead for about 5 minutes. The final dough should be very slightly sticky to touch, but hold its shape. Oil the bowl and cover with a warm, damp paper towel. Let it rise until double, about one hour. (I like to turn the oven on to 350°F for about 1 minute, then turn it off and put the dough in. That gets the environment warm, and the closed door holds the heat in and keeps drafts out. Just make sure not to leave the oven on too long; if it is too hot it will kill the yeast and the dough won’t rise.)

When the dough is about doubled, take it out and punch it down. From there, use your imagination!

Makes 1 large round pizza, 12 pigs in a blanket, an 8×8 pan of pizza balls, a dozen rolls, or 1 stromboli.

***I frequently double this recipe and put half the dough in the refrigerator for use a few days later on another meal. It also can be frozen for longer storage–just thaw completely at room temperature before using.