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Dinner for Busy Nights: Pita Pizza

While I do enjoy cooking, some nights demand dinner that comes together quickly.  This week was full of such nights, and on several of them, I enjoyed this pita pizza.  It comes together in five minutes and cooks in fifteen.  You can make vegan versions and tweak the flavors however you choose: Greek, Italian, Asian…dream it and do it!

To make your own fine specimen, simply slather a whole-grain pita very generously with hummus (I used homemade roasted red pepper hummus), then stack with vegetables of your choice.  I sprinkled on thinly sliced onions, zucchini, tomato, wilted spinach (briefly cooked in a skillet), grated carrots, and a smidge of jalapeño havarti.  Then I popped it into the toaster oven and cooked it for fifteen minutes at 400 degrees, which was just long enough not just to melt the cheese, but also to make the bottom delightfully crispy.

If you’re skipping a flavorful cheese like the one I used, you may want to add a little something to the pizza to boost the flavor such as salsa, olives, or a spice blend of your choice to give it enough spark.

Guten Apetit!


2 Comments so far

  1. Mangochild March 29th, 2009 5:45 am

    This brought a smile to my face because pita pizza was the very first thing I was able to make for myself. I varied it with french bread pizza for fun (LOL)…. so excited I was to use the toaster oven for the first time!
    As you said, it can come together so fast and offers endless variations. I’ve never tried it with hummus though… I don’t eat cheese (except cottage cheese) – do you think it’d work without? Oooh, now I’m imaging this with a bit of salsa on there too, pairing with the roasted red pepper and the veg…. yum. Lunch today?

  2. Laurel March 29th, 2009 9:27 am

    I actually think this is a very good vegan candidate. (The hummus adds the nice creaminess typically associated with melted cheese.) Just make sure there’s plenty of hummus and add a little flavor to the veggies somehow so they aren’t bland: pesto, olives, spice salt…salsa sounds great!

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