Several years ago, I hosted a Pampered Chef party. Not only did I get some great kitchen utensils, I got some great recipes as well. One of the recipes that I received was for a Garden Ranch Pizza.
Well, I was looking thru my recipe file and ran across it. I thought, “I’ll make this for my man!” Later that week, he and I went grocery shopping together- for the first time. We had fun, going down each aisle. He really wasn’t paying attention to what I was putting in the basket – as I picked up the ingredients for the pizza.
We got back to my place, and I began putting it together. Actually, it’s a very simple recipe (I’ll share at the end.), so it didn’t take long to prepare. Once done, I served it with a tossed spinach salad. My man was all smiles as he blessed the table and began to eat.
“WOW, this is the best homemade pizza, I’ve ever had,” he exclaimed. Matter-of-fact, I’ve never had homemade pizza! LOL.”
The homemade pizza story is a re-occurring dinner table topic and I’ve served it several times since then. It pays to try something new every now and then– makes for a a perfect blend of food and love!
Garden Ranch Pizza
1 package (10 oz ) refrigerated pizza crust
Non-stick cooking spray
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 package (1 oz) ranch seasoning & salad dressing mix (2 tablespoons)
1 garlic clove. pressed
2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup coarsely chopped broccoli
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1 medium carrot, sliced
1/2 cup pitted ripe olives, sliced
1/4 cup (1 oz) grated fresh parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Unroll pizza dough and arrange on a large round baking stone- spraying the stone first with a non-stick cooking spray (if you have one). (If you do not have a large round baking stone – you can use round non-stick pizza pan or a square non-stick cookie sheet- spray either with non-stick cooking spray before rolling out dough). Roll-out dough to edge of pan.
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, seasoning mix and garlic and mix well. Spread mixture evenly over crust to within 1/2 inch from edge. Top with half of mozzarella cheese.
In another bowl, combine the chopped broccoli, diced red pepper, olives, sliced carrots and sprinkle over pizza. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Then finally – sprinkle the grated parmesan cheese over the top of the entire pizza.
Bake 18-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven, let stand 10 minutes. Slice and serve!
Yield: 16 servings
Nutrients per serving: Calories 200, Total fat 10g; Saturated fat 2.5g; Cholesterol 15mg; Carbohydrate 19g; Protein 8pg; Sodium 480mg; Fiber less than 1g