Crudité Pizza


Of the many, many things in the world that SoupAddict doesn’t understand, the human memory is one of them. How is it that you can forget something for years on end and then suddenly, out of the blue, it pops into your brain?

That’s a mystery that won’t be solved today, but that’s okay, because the strange phenomenon did conjure up the memory of this appetizer: vegetables with a cream-cheesy-ranch spread on bread, in the guise of a pizza.

Mother of SoupAddict served this at Christmas many moons ago, when SoupAddict was merely SoupAdvocate. It’s super easy to pull together and can be partially made the night before.


Use your favorite vegetables. These are SoupAddict’s. They’re yummy. BTW, see those orange things? Those are baby carrots.

Actual baby carrots.

Did you know that those cellophane bags of “baby carrots” in the grocery store are actually large carrots that have been peeled and whittled down by machine? Believe it, it’s true.


Slice or grate the vegetables very finely. A mandolin makes almost paper-thin slices of carrots, radishes and cukes. Just watch your fingers at all times. Mandolins freak out SoupAddict way more than her super sharp Shun knives do. Way more. SoupAddict likes her fingertips right where they are: on her fingers. Not in the pizza.


So pretty. No matter the time of year, I never get tired of photographing vegetables. Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.


The ranch dressing mix usually comes in a 1 oz. package. I’m doing a half recipe here as a test run, so I use my digital scale to measure out a 1/4 oz. of dry mix.


The sour cream/ranch mix, cream cheese and a little mayo, ready to mix and refrigerate. The longer you can let this set, the better it will be.


Originally, I was going for the pizza dough in the refrigerated biscuit aisle, but when I saw the crescent rolls, I grabbed those instead. I really can’t remember what the original recipe used, but the flaky layers were light and delicious.


Flatten out the dough in the pan to form the crust and press the seams together. It doesn’t have to be perfect: the ranch mix will cover it all up.


Bake up the crust according to the regular directions on the can, and let cool.


If the ranch spread is too stiff to spread, thin it with a little milk and stir well. Then coat the crescent roll crust with the spead. Sprinkle the veggies on top. If you have picky veggie eaters, you can divide the pizza into quadrants and use different veggies in each section.


Use a bench knife to cut the pizza into easily-handled squares. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


So yummy. It’s like dipping your favorite veggie stick into ranch dressing and then shoving it and a piece of bread in your mouth at the same time.

Only, you know, classier.

Crudité Pizza

Ingredients:

1/2 oz. dry ranch dressing mix (often sold in 1 oz packages; you’ll need half, or to taste)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
2 8 oz cans crescent rolls
Vegetables, your favorite, sliced or cubed.

Instructions:

Combine the dry ranch dressing mix with the sour cream. Add the mayo and cream; stir well. Refrigerate at least one hour, preferably overnight.

Lay the sheets of crescent roll dough into a half sheet pan and press to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Bake according to the package directions. Allow to cool, leaving the bread crust in the pan.

Stir the refrigerated ranch spread to loosen (thinning with a little milk, if necessary) and spread over the crust. You don’t want it really thick, but you want it thick enough so that the veggies will stick to the spread.

Cut the pizza into small serving sizes, then refrigerate the pan until ready to serve.


Comments

  1. That picture of the sliced veggies is beautiful! …and mouthwatering.

    • SoupAddict says:

      It’s actually this time of year when I really, really start to crave vegetables. After a season of heavy food and desserts, I’m ready for something light and crispy.

  2. Hey – add the word “crudite” to anything and it adds instant class, right? (With or without the shoving)
    If that mandoline (the one with the BIG guard on it) that I “subtly” requested appears under the tree, this will need to be on my “to do” list – my mind is going in a zillion directions. It looks like this will be worth whatever physically tragedy that I am sure to inflict on myself…

    • SoupAddict says:

      Cher, you totally read my mind! I can’t remember what this appetizer is actually called (although I’m sure it has an official name), but other than crudite pizza, the only thing I could come up with was “chilled vegetable pizza.” Which didn’t quite sound right.

      I had to laugh at some of the product reviews on Amazon about this particular mandolin – there were several that said, it works great, but I cut off the tip of my thumb! (Well, it wasn’t really laughter as much uncomfortable giggling, because I had already bought the thing at Sur La Table. I might not have if I had read the reviews first, squeamish as I am about these things. It does come with an adequate finger guard, but it won’t work when slicing narrow vegetables vertically.)

  3. Phyllis Ryan says:

    I do remember this and am not sure why it went out of favor. But I am bringing it back ths year for New Years.

    • SoupAddict says:

      I had a similar thought – how could I possibly have forgotten this? It’s absolutely delicious. I remember how we all hovered around that pan, until every last bit was gone.

  4. This recipe reminds me of my ol’ Pampered Chef consultant days, when we did this as “Cool Ranch Veggie Pizza”. If pressed, I could probably name about a dozen tools we used for this demo! Still, I like the name “Crudite Pizza” even better and your colorful pictures of the veggies are infectious! I’m running out to the store for ingredients right now! What a great party item! Thanks for jogging all of our memories with yumminess! PS–I LOVE your writing style and look forward to your blogs! They’re my favorite! Happy New Year!

  5. I made this for a super bowl party today. But as I was running through the list of ingredients & preparing to make it, I kept thinking, “It feels like there’s something missing… what is it? what is it?” Then of course, it came to me. What makes everything better? BACON. I added a few chopped slices to the ranch cream cheese mix, and all was right in the world. The pizza overall was so delicious and easy to make, and I felt like it was at least a little healthy…er… than most super bowl party cuisine. well, before the bacon, at least. :) Thank you once again for yet another delicious recipe! I ? your blog.

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