Thursday, December 22, 2011
Vegetable pizza a treat?! My boys certainly don't think so. But I have to admit that I feel like I've had a bit too much sugar lately and my body is in need of some good vegetables. So this is definitely a treat for me. This is easy to make and so fun to serve at a holiday party. In fact, I recently had people at a party asking me if this was going to make it on the blog. Even though it's not coated in chocolate, people will still gobble it up and ask you for the recipe.
Recipe Inspiration: Pillsbury magazine dated in 2005
Posted by Jen.
The Ingredients:1 tube crescent rolls
1/2 pkg (4 oz) cream cheese, softened*
1 box garlic/herb soft cheese *
1/2 medium red pepper
1/4 yellow pepper (not pictured)
1/2 c fresh broccoli, finely chopped
1/4 c sliced or shredded carrots
1/4 c chopped cucumber
*you may use an 8 oz container of herbed/flavored cream cheese spread in the place of these.
Take out the tube of dough and do not unroll it. Cut it into 16 equal thin slices. (I cut it in half and then in half again to better make equal slices)
Place slices cut side down on baking pan lined with parchment paper. First start with the top, then put two underneath, then three, then four, then five. Place the final slice on the bottom middle to be like the trunk. Make sure they are slightly touching. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until it is a golden brown. Slide onto a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, slide onto your serving platter.While baking, cream together the cream cheese and the herbed cheese. (or just make sure the herbed flavored cream cheese is spreadable). I personally added a tiny bit of dill and a Tbsp of ranch dressing to my spread as well. It depends on what kind of dip flavor you like for your vegetables.
Spread cheese mixture onto cooled crescent rolls.
Cut out a yellow star shape out of the yellow pepper. Finely chop the rest of the pepper. Cut the red pepper into long slices. Finely chop the cucumber, broccoli, and carrots. Arrange the star on top of your "tree" and then string your "garland" red pepper back and forth. Finely chop the rest of the red pepper when you're done with the "garland". Sprinkle chopped vegetables all over but not covering your special designs. If desired you can use chopped almonds to cover the base to be like the trunk.
Serve immediately or loosely cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Once the holidays are over, you can make this anytime by just unrolling the crescent dough and pinching the perforations together. Bake the same as above or until golden. Cool. Then add the creamed cheese and chopped veggies.