"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Veggie Appetizer Squares

This tasty pizza will disappear in a hurry at your next gathering, so you may want to prepare two.

1 tube (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh broccoli
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cauliflower
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 1/4 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Press pizza dough into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in baking pan.  Bake at 400 for 6 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack for minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, salad dressing, garlic powder, parsley and salt.  Spread over crust.

Top with onions, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, celery and green pepper.

Sprinkle with cheeses.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Yield:  12-16 servings.

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