Monday, January 23, 2012

Vegetable Stuffed Crust Pizza

Sorry it took so long, but here you go! For starters, I recommend adding some herbs and spices to the dough so it has some more pizazz (we didn't, but it would have been way better). Here's a healthy dinner perfect for two with maybe a little left over (for breakfast in our case). I'm not going to lie I wouldn't think that all of this sounds that great right off the bat, but thinking out of the box is never a bad idea. Plus having a vegetarian roommate you have to have a broad palate, and be ready to try something new. So, here you go. A delicious, easy, pretty quick, healthy pizza.

Vegetable Stuffed Crust Pizza

Dough  **I like Jay's Signature Pizza Crust Recipe from, but you can use whatever you'd like.
~1/2 c. Carrots, sliced thinly
~ 1/2 c. Broccoli, broken into small pieces
~ 1/2 c. Onion, thinly sliced
~ 1 c.  Cheese, shredded (we used Cheddar)
~ 1/2 c. Mozzarella -for stuffing crust- (we had the big chunk of it, but you could use shredded or none or whatever)
Alfredo Sauce **Of course you can use whatever sauce you want this is just what we chose (because there was still heavy whipping cream from the ice cream!).

(Ingredients for Alfredo)
1/2 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
~ 1/2 tbs. Minced Garlic
~ 1 tbs. Cooking Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
dash of Basil
dash of Parsley
a little chunk of Mozzarella (that's all the we had... just to thicken up a bit)

Step One: Get your dough mixed together (set aside to double) and your oven preheated (if you're using Jay's Signature Recipe it's 425 degrees).

Step Two: Heat garlic and oil in a skillet, on low.

Step Three: Add whipping cream, cheese and spices.
Step Four: Increase heat to about medium and let your mixture come to a boil. Stir and wait for sauce to thicken.

Step Five: After a few minutes you should have a pretty thick sauce, set it aside until ready to  put on pizza. **It will thicken more after cooling so if it's a little runny don't worry.

Step Six: Spread dough flat on your pan, make sure to leave a good lip for the crust if you plan on stuffing it.

Step Seven: Place cheese along edges for stuffing and fold dough over it tucking it in nicely.

Step Eight: Spread your sauce on.
Step Nine: Top it! ** We did vegetables first and cheese last.

Step Ten: Pop it in the oven for whatever time your dough requires (about 20 minutes for Jay's Signature).

Take out and enjoy!

Personally, I went with some ranch dressing to top this pizza, but you could go the plain route too. It's good either way. Also, if you'd like, add some Sriracha or something else to spice things up a bit.
Like I said before, this is a pretty quick and easy meal is far as cooking from scratch goes. You can get everything cut up while your dough is doubling and get started on your sauce. It all works perfectly. All you have to do it sit back and wait for everything to cook. Or be super productive and take care of cleaning while everything is cooking. But lets not push it! So if you're looking to be a little healthier or maybe you're an actual vegetarian, either way, this is the recipe for you! Add or subtract whatever veggies or toppings you desire. As always, this was just what was in our kitchen. Hope you enjoy! And if there's anything you're dying to see here just give us a shout out we're always open to suggestions and new ideas. Plus we're going shopping soon!

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