Recipe: Broccoli and Double Cheese Thin Crust Pizza


Broccoli and Double Cheese Pizza, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Broccoli and Double Cheese Thin Crust  Pizza, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog

Are you looking for a way to get your kids to eat more vegetables? They’ll love this cheesy broccoli pizza and probably won’t even complain about the vegetables. This is a simple pizza recipe, using pre-made refrigerated pizza dough and is perfect for a busy weeknight.  

Broccoli florets are the top part of the broccoli plant. They are flowery and more tender than the tough and woody stalk and stem. High in Vitamin C and dietary fiber, broccoli is good for you too. Did you know that the word “broccoli” comes from the Italian plural of the word “broccolo”, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage”? In addition, Wikipedia asserts that broccoli was first introduced to the United States by Italian immigrants, but did not become widely known or used until the 1920s.

Ingredients:
12 oz. broccoli florets, chopped
1 can (11 oz.) Pillsbury refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Line 15″ x 12″ rectangular cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet, stretching to edges.
  4. In small bowl, mix oil and garlic, then brush onto dough.
  5. Top with half of of the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  6. Top with chopped broccoli florets.
  7. Add other half of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the broccoli.
  8. Top with red pepper flakes, if using.
  9. Bake 14-16 minutes, or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted.
  10. Cut into slices and serve immediately.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • The original recipe also included mushrooms and sundried tomatoes. However, I omitted them and added more cheese.
  • The original recipe called for using a cooking spray on the cookie sheet, rather than parchment paper. However, I have recently discovered parchment paper and I love it because it promotes even heating and does not involve adding any extra oils to the food or cooking surfaces.
  • The original recipe called for cooking the broccoli and garlic before adding them to the pizza. I decided to add them to the pizza raw, and extend the cooking time at a lower temperature.
Broccoli pizza with single layer of shredded mozzarella cheese, before cooking. Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Broccoli pizza with single layer of shredded mozzarella cheese, before cooking. Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Broccoli pizza with double layer shredded mozzarella cheese, before cooking, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Broccoli pizza with double layer of shredded mozzarella cheese, before cooking. Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yield: 4 servings

Source: loosely adapted from http://www.pillsbury.com, http://www.wikipedia.com

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