Saturday, February 14, 2009

Three-Cheese Garden Pizza

I am really disappointed that I didn't get a picture of this because it looked just as great as it tasted...and I'd have to say for the first time ever mine actually looked better than the picture in the cookbook! This is one of the Pampered Chef recipes I recently picked out. It was delicious and a great vegetarian meal. I will definitely be making this again soon.

Three-Cheese Garden Pizza

1 pkg (10 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
1 small onion, sliced into rings
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 plum tomatoes, sliced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup (1 oz) grated fresh parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1. Preheat oven to 400. Using lightly floured rolling pin, roll pizza crust into a 14 inch circle on baking stone. Bake crust 7 minutes.
2. Using Ultimate Slice & Grate (or some type of mandolin) fitted with V-shaped blade, slice onion, zucchini & tomatoes. Slice onion using egg slicer. (of course you can cut these veggies anyway you like but these things really do impress me everytime I use them)
3. Press garlic over crust; spread evenly. Sprinkle mozzarella & cheddar cheese evenly over crust; top evenly with onion, zucchini, mushrooms & tomatoes. Grate parmesan cheese over veggies. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning. Bake 15-18 minutes or until crust is golden brown; remove from oven. Cut into wedges and serve.

Cooks tips:
-for best results, layer veggies over the pizza as directed in step 3.
-prebaking the pizza crust will help keep it from getting soggy when topped with veggies that have a high water content.
-sprinkling some of the cheese on the crust before topping the pizza provides a barrier between the crust and the moist toppings.
-fresh zucchini is available year-round at most supermarkets. Select small zucchini, which are younger and more tender than the larger ones. Choose zucchini free of blemishes with a vibrant color.

*please don't let all the talk in the cook's tips scare you that your pizza might be soggy. Ours turned out perfectly fine by following the recipe directions & tips; even reheated the next day it still was not soggy or too wet.

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