Think Different: Hummus Vegetable Pizza

By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches

I'm no stranger to eating unusual pizzas - remember the peach & escarole pizza I made last summer? I like unique so when I had just whipped up a batch of garlicky, lemony hummus I quickly realized that I wasn't in the mood for a dip. I wanted a meal and making pizza just seemed like the right thing to do.

While this could be a completely vegan meal, I had some ricotta to use up so I mixed half of it in with the hummus and left the other half to dollop over the pizza before going into the oven. The toppings for this could definitely tweaked, for example, I think the addition of briny kalmata olives on this would be seriously to die for. Yup, totally.

The resulting pizza would probably have pizza traditionalists rolling in their graves, but my husband and I loved it. It was creamy from the hummus and ricotta and it felt healthy since it was packed with vegetables and wasn't dripping with oil (a side-effect from gloopy cheese). It also was quite filling, so we had plenty of leftovers which we happily ate over the next day or two. Plus, this is a kid-friendly meal – hummus & pizza with some much need vegetables thrown in? It's a win win!


Hummus Vegetable Pizza
1 1/2 cup hummus (homemade or store-bought)
1 cup ricotta cheese, divided
1 head broccoli, broken into florets & lightly steamed
1 red pepper, sliced
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
flaky salt & freshly ground pepper
your favorite pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
2 T cornmeal
1 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 425F.

Blend together the hummus and 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese until combined. Set aside.

After your pizza dough has risen, use 1 tablespoon of olive oil to grease up a walled cookie sheet. I use my hands for this. Sprinkle sheet with cornmeal and then push out or roll out your pizza dough until it spreads to all 4 corners.

Spread hummus evenly over pizza dough and scatter the steamed broccoli florets, red pepper slices and onion over top. Sprinkle with salt and give it a good grind of black pepper. Drop the remaining ricotta cheese over the pizza. Place in oven and heat for about 20 minutes or until the crust becomes golden. Slice and eat hot.

Jan Halvarson

11 comments:

Tracey said...

That pizza looks incredible!! I'm definitely going to give this a go ... it's been too long since I've enjoyed a lovely home cooked pizza that isn't too soggy.

Thanks.

Shimi said...

That does look delicious. Unfortunately haven't been able to eat hummus since I overdid it when I was pregnant last time.. but things change.

Jen & Row
www.shimi.com.au

Eva said...

PoppyTalk/Jan how I love you! This is the second yummy looking VEGAN recipe you've posted within the past few weeks and I'm going to have to try it just like I did that last. Just yesterday I got a bit sad looking at my family eat pizza and not being able to eat my own pizza. Now I'll have a substitute that I'm sure will be even better! Thank you!!

KateLainey said...

What I love even more than hummus, is pizza! And the fact that this can be vegan is the cherry on my sundae.

Thanks for the post! :)

Karen Fields said...

Oh my gosh...I love unusual pizzas! Especially pineapple and all the delicious veggies. Thanks for the great post! :)

elisabeth said...

I love using hummus, white bean dip, black beans, anything really on pizzas. In fact, I've retired tomato sauce almost completely since I feel like it usually dominates all the yummy veggies. Now I"m craving pizza!

Bijoux(Joanne) said...

Interesting pizza toppings indeed. I tend to be a traditionalist when it comes to pizza but I think I'm ready to kick things up a notch. I love hummus on it's own and I usually consume a lot of bread with it so why not add hummus on pizza? Seeing that you are a fan of Greek olives and feta cheese, could a trip to Greece be next on your agenda :)

Dani said...

What a great idea! I am currently on a hummus kick thanks to the immersion blender I got for xmas. Can't wait to try this.

Jeanee said...

I tried it! I liked the humus kick.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetnee/5415061742/

Thanks for the inspiration!

Lindsey said...

We made this tonight with broccoli, red onion, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and feta. It was so good! Thanks for the idea. :)

kewkew said...

Looks really good. Gotta try this.

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