Chilled Cream Cheese Vegetable Pizza
This cream cheese vegetable pizza recipe is perfect for vegetarians or for anyone who fancies a meat-free meal. Cream cheese, mayonnaise and ranch dressing are combined as a pizza sauce for this vegetarian pizza and lightly cooked cauliflower, broccoli, corn, bell pepper and tomatoes are used as the topping to result in healthy as well as delicious vegetable pizza recipe.
Being a chilled pizza, this one is designed to be eaten cold but if you prefer, you can serve it when the crust is still warm from the oven and the vegetables are warm from being stir-fried. Do not spread the topping on a hot crust though else it will go soggy.
The pizza sauce and toppings combine and contrast perfectly in this recipe because the sauce is tangy and creamy while the vegetables offer crunch and freshness. One bite of this pizza and you will be so impressed. It literally melts in the mouth. The vegetables need to be sautéed briefly before you add them to the pizza.
It is up to you how long you cook them for. Just a couple of minutes is sufficient if you want them crunchy, or give them a few extra minutes if you prefer them more tender or even soft. There is no oven-baking when the toppings are on because this pizza is served chilled, so get the vegetables as tender as you wish, before adding them to the pizza. These American style toppings on the Italian style crust mean a fusion of flavor and appeal.
- 8 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 16 oz pizza dough
- 1 oz dry Ranch-style dressing mix
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 1 cup chopped cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes
- ½ cup corn kernels
- 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Roll out dough to fit a 9 by 13 inch baking sheet. Pinch the edges to form the crust. Bake 12 minutes then cool for 15 minutes still in the baking sheet.
- Stir-fry the cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, and bell pepper for 3 minutes in the cooking spray over a medium heat.
- Combine the cream cheese, Ranch dressing, and mayonnaise and spread this over the cooled crust.
- Arrange the vegetables and cheese on top.
- Chill for an hour, slice, and serve.
This is an unusual pizza, not just because it is topped with a ranch dressing-based sauce, but also because it is topped with vegetables and cheese and then chilled rather than going in the oven. This makes it more refreshing so if it is a hot day, for example, and you fancy something cool but you are still in a pizza kind of mood, this would be a winning dish. It also means you can make it ahead and simply leave it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat. The cream cheese and ranch dressing combined with mayonnaise make a rich, creamy and luxurious sauce.
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