Cold Veggie Pizza – My Version of a Pampered Chef Favorite

Cold Veggie Pizza - My Version of a Pampered Chef FavoriteLast summer I was reminded of this old Pampered Chef Cold Veggie Pizza when my blogger friend Maureen over at Red Cottage Chronicles posted about it (hop on over and check out all of her delicious recipes, especially the desserts!).  I used to make it every once in a while but then forgot all about it.  But I dug out my recipe with notes on it for my version of how I like to make it.

I like making my own crust instead of using packaged crescent rolls but you could definitely substitute that in if you want to.  This buttery cornmeal crescent roll is easy to make, is delicious, and holds up well for this type of pizza.

We love eating this cool, refreshing pizza on hot summer days.  It’s loaded with veggies and the cream cheese spread keeps it light.  It’s great for lunch, dinner, snacking, and packing along for a picnic.

Cold Veggie Pizza - My Version of a Pampered Chef Favorite

Cold Veggie Pizza – My Version of a Pampered Chef Favorite

Yield: The crust yields 2 jelly roll size pan pizzas. The spread and toppings are for 1/2 pizza. To make 2 full pizzas quadruple the amounts for the spread and toppings.

Crust ~ If you're only wanting to make one pizza you may either 1/2 the crust recipe or mix up the full recipe, let it rise, and then freeze half of the dough. Then use the frozen dough another time by thawing it, putting it in a jelly roll pan, and baking it as directed below. (Don't forget to prick the crust bottom.)

I often will freeze half the dough and bake half the dough. If it's just Brent and me eating I'll cut the baked crust in half - I'll use one half for a pizza right then and wrap the other half up well in plastic wrap and freeze it. Then I can take it out, thaw it, and put the spread and toppings on for a quick meal. ~ That is what I've done in the above photo. You can see that I've only made a half pizza.

Spread ~ I use this amount of spread for 1/2 of a pizza.

Toppings ~ I use 2 cups of veggies for 1/2 of a pizza. We like it loaded up!

Ingredients

    Buttery Cornmeal Crescent Crust - see note above
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs (or 4 medium)
  • 5-1/2 - 6 cups flour
  • Cream Cheese Spread - see note above
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Topping - see note above
  • 2 cups (or more) of your preferred mixed chopped vegetables - zucchini, broccoli, red bell peppers, green onion, corn, tomatoes

Directions

    Buttery Cornmeal Crescent Crust
  1. Scald the milk by heating it to just below a boil so the bubbles are just appearing around the edges. Add the cornmeal and cook and stir until thickened, lowering the temperature, if needed, so the mixture doesn't boil.
  2. Pour the cornmeal/milk mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer and let it cool until it's lukewarm.
  3. Add the yeast, butter, and sugar and mix well.
  4. Add the salt and eggs and mix well.
  5. Add the flour gradually until a soft dough forms. Knead for about 7 minutes.
  6. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl covered with lightly greased plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled.
  7. Divide the dough into two balls. *(This is enough dough to make 2 jelly roll size pizzas. See the note below if you only want to make one crust at a time.)
  8. Lightly grease a jelly roll pan and spread one of the balls of dough out, pressing it up along the edges.
  9. Use a fork to prick the crust bottom and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.
  10. Allow to cool.
  11. Cream Cheese Spread
  12. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the ingredients and spread over the cooled crust.
  13. Toppings
  14. Add your chopped vegetables and enjoy!
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What I’m Reading this Summer

My 2015 Summer Reading List

I’ve finally finalized the list of books I want to read this summer.

A couple of them are light, quick reading books, two are so-called “children’s books,” some are thought provoking and a bit “serious,” and one is just fluff.  Hopefully each of them, in their own way, will help me grow as a person and understand my life and the world around me better.  Last summer I read these books.  I enjoyed them and learned so much about the Bible, Jesus, and God and His laws and eternal plan for us, but this year I’m planning to have a carefree summer (is that possible?) with my nose in books that I can read in just a few days each.  I just want to spend my days doing a little bit of yard work, a little bit of house work, a little bit of cooking, and a whole lot of playing and reading.

Cold Tangerines Image Dandelion Cottage Image The True Story of Hansel and Gretel Image
Half Broke Horses Image Heaven is Here Image The Kitchen House Image
A Week in Winter Image Sparkly Green Earrings, catching the light at every turn. The Jungle Book Image

Cold Tangerines; Celebrating the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist ~ A collection of stories that celebrate the extraordinary moments hidden in everyday life.  It is about God, and about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything.  Cold Tangerines offers bright and varied glimpses of hope and redemption, in and among the heartbreak and boredom and broken glass.

Dandelion Cottage by Carroll Watson Rankin ~ This childhood classic was first published in 1904, and tells the simple, charming story of four young girls and their adventures in the pioneer town of Marquette, MI.  The story begins when the girls pull all of the dandelions from the lawn of the cottage behind the local church and thereby obtain the right to use the cottage as their playhouse for the summer.  This is a very wholesome and charming tale that has withstood the test of time.  The real-life Dandelion Cottage that the story is based upon still exists in Marquette.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy ~ In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed “Hansel” and “Gretel.”  They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called “witch” by the nearby villagers.

Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives in the village with his own plans for the children.  Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy’s haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children.

Half Broke Horses; A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Walls ~ By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town – riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job.  She learned to drive a car and fly a plane.  And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast each in Arizona.

Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults.

Heaven is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy by Stephanie Nielson ~ Stephanie Nielson began sharing her life in 2005 on nieniedialogues.com, drawing readers in with her warmth and candor. She quickly attracted a loyal following that was captivated by the upbeat mother happily raising her young children, madly in love with her husband, and filled with gratitude for her blessed life.

However, everything changed in an instant on a sunny day in August 2008, when Stephanie and her husband were in a horrific plane crash.  Stephanie was on the brink of death, with burns over 80 percent of her body. She would remain in a coma for four months.

In the aftermath of this harrowing tragedy, Stephanie maintained a stunning sense of humor, optimism, and resilience. In this moving memoir, Stephanie tells the full, extraordinary story of her unlikely recovery and the incredible love behind it – from a riveting account of the crash to all that followed in its wake.  With vivid detail, Stephanie recounts her emotional and physical journey, from her first painful days after awakening from the coma to the first time she saw her face in the mirror, the first kiss she shared with her husband after the accident, and the first time she talked other children after their long separation.

What emerges from the wreckage of a tragic accident is a unique perspective on joy, beauty, and overcoming adversity that is as gripping as it is inspirational.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom ~ In this gripping New York Times bestseller, Kathleen Grissom brings to life a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War, where a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate.

Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter.  Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy ~ Stoneybridge is a small town on the west coast of Ireland where all the families know each other.  When Chicky Starr decided to take an old, decaying mansion set high on the cliffs overlooking the windswept Atlantic Ocean and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, everyone thinks she is crazy.  Helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the house) and Orla, her niece (a whiz at business), Stone House is finally ready to welcome its first guests to the big warm kitchen, log fires, and understated elegant bedrooms.  Laugh and cry with this unlikely group as they share their secrets and (maybe) even see some of their dreams come true.

Sparkly Green Earrings; Catching the Light at Every Turn by Melanie Shankle ~ This is a quirky, but fun memoir of motherhood.  I read this book a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it.  You can read my review of it here.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling ~ I love the movie but haven’t ever read the book so I pulled it off the shelf a few days ago and started reading it.  It’s a bit different than the movie but I’m enjoying it.  It’s written as a collection of stories, which were first published in magazines in 1893-94.  The best known of them are stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned “man cub” Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

Are you reading any good books this summer?  I would love to add to my list.

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