Sunday, August 9, 2009

Veggie Pizza

So admittedly, this dish is a little trashy, but in a good way.  You know, it's one of those foods that you should be too sophisticated to like, but you just can't help yourself.  Kind of like Velveeta and Rotel.  Yum.  

I learned this recipe (which is really more of a technique) from my friend Dawn.  We taught together in the Netherlands and bonded over our midwestern roots.  Dawn hails from Wisconsin and I am Minnesota born.  We have a healthy appreciation for Jello salad and the like.

So here's what you do.  Buy a can of crescent roll dough.  (I know-- how many great midwestern recipes start with that step?)  Spread the dough out in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Make sure that it is one giant rectangle.  You may have to press the seams together.  Bake it for 8-10 minutes or until it's golden brown on the bottom.  

Mix a package of cream cheese with a packet of italian (or ranch) salad dressing seasoning.  (I told you this was trashy!!)  Thin the cheese mixture out with milk or plain yoghurt until it is spreadable.  

Once the crust has cooled, "ice" it with about 2/3 of the cheese mixture.  Save the rest of crackers or bagels or fingers or.....

Arrange your favorite cut fresh veggies on top of the cheese.  (cherry tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, scallions, shredded carrot)  Use what you like.  We had some artichokes on hand tonight so we used those, too.  

Cut up into pretty pieces.  This is trashy food, but it's attractive (and tasty) trashy food. 

Do you have any favorite trashy foods?  Feel free to share in the comments!