August 8, 2008

A Veggie Appetizer

When I was getting my ideas together as to what to make for Bunko last week, I kept thinking I wanted something that was cool and somewhat healthy. I also needed something that I could make easily after getting home from work with My Boys. A few weeks earlier we had been to a party at a friend's house and one of the appetizers served was Veggie Pizza. It was so good, that I thought this would be a great appy for nibbling on at Bunko.

I found the original recipe at Kraft Foods website. It is so simple, and I am sure most of us have had it at one gathering or another over the years. This is not a new creation by any means, but I hadn't had it in years and when I got it into my head again it was time to revisit it.

Of course, I couldn't make it exactly as the recipe suggested. That would make things just too simple, right? I made some changes to lower the calories a bit more and to use things I had on hand already, so I wouldn't have to buy a bunch of ingredients just to make one appy. I hate having to make a special trip to the store for just one recipe.

veggie pizza

Veggie Pizza
Inspired by: Kraft Fooods

2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
8 oz. reduced fat sour cream
1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dip and dressing mix
about 1 cup broccoli florets
1 tomato, seeded and diced (plum tomatoes will work best)
2 scallions finely chopped


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Separate the crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles and press into the bottom of a jelly roll pan (the kind with the raised edge). Press each rectangle into the others to ensure they are sealed together. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Allow to cool before continuing.

Mix the cream cheese, sour cream and dressing mix until thoroughly mixed together. Then, spread evenly over the cooled crust. Add remaining ingredients evenly over the cream cheese mixture.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bite-size squares.

Do you have a potluck or a neighborhood block party to go to? Then, check out these appetizer ideas for inspiration!

Simply Tasty made Giada's White Bean Dip and served it with fresh veggies.
Good Things Catered used some fresh tomatoes and served up Tomato Herb Flatbread.
Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats shares a fantastic recipe for Guacamole. All you need to do is bring chips and you're done!


Cate said...

Mmm, love this one. :)

Joelen said...

Thank you for posting this! I've made this before and completely forgot how much I enjoyed this.

Jenny said...

This is a perfect veggi dish that is sure to please everyone, especially Me!! Great recipe Patsy!

Deborah said...

My mom would make a similar veggie pizza when I was growing up, but I haven't had it for ages! This sounds like the perfect appetizer.

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