Hummus Veggie Pan Pizza, the adventure awaits…

It was a conundrum of sorts. You see, I very much enjoy hummus however, the carnivores were the big challenge. Experience has shown me the mere mention of hummus invokes expressions of disgust. Being a psychiatrist mom and wife, I included the words spicy, salsa, blog, and homemade pizza in the menu announcement. It was game day; pizza and salsa are the perfect game day foods, right?  The response, “Sounds interesting dear.”

After a bit of recipe surfing, our game day menu consisted of Sabra Hummus Veggie Pizza, Baked Corn Chips with Sabra Pico de Gallo Salsa. The Sabra inspired recipes were very well received. Shocked and overwhelmed by the response, (they should never argue with me about food) I created a few more quick and easy finger foods with the hummus and salsa the following day.

Hummus Veggie Pan Pizza

1 Large Flavored Pizza Dough (homemade, recipe below)
Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Chopped Spinach
Sliced Bell Peppers
Hot banana Pepper Rings
Mexican Crumbling Cheese - handful
Shredded Cheese (I used Sargento 4 cheese Mexican Blend - about 1 cup)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (245 degrees C). Gather all ingredients. When using frozen spinach, thaw and drain complete, pressing out all water.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Spray a large pizza pan or jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place dough on pan, push dough to edges, filling the pan. With your fingertips, make dimples in the dough. Allow the dough to rest while you wash and cut all vegetables to preferred size.

Liberally spread hummus over the dough, leaving about a half an inch of dough exposed around the edges. Be sure the hummus has filled the dimples in the dough.

Add your choice of pizza toppings, crumbled cheese, and finally a light covering of shredded cheese.

Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Those carnivores who originally cringed at the mention of hummus, ate more pizza than the hummus lover did, imagine that! The hummus made for a very creamy, savory sauce. There was noting odd about the flavor, something I wondered about in advance. Two factors made this an awesome pizza in my opinion. One, the combination of hummus and fresh veggies melded perfectly. Secondly, the roasted pepper flavor was evident throughout, offering a rustic sort of flavor.

Bread Machine Garlic Oregano Dough

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups AP flour
1 cup white wheat flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

Combine water, olive oil, sugar, salt in pan of bread machine Add flour, and then sprinkle garlic on flour. Lastly add yeast.

Turn machine on dough cycle. As the dough begins to form, sprinkle in the oregano. Close the lid and allow dough cycle to complete. My dough cycle is 1.5 hours total time.

(Original instructions advise Let mix for about 15 to 30 minutes. Let the dough rest from 5 to 30 minutes. The longer it rests, the thicker and more tasty the crust.)

Originating from Allrecipes, it did take quite a bit of adjusting however; this bread machine pizza dough recipe is now my favorite for pan pizza and perhaps even foccacia bread. The crust is light and airy, perfect for a foccacia yet strong enough to hold a load of toppings and cheese. In addition, one could easily change up the seasoning in the dough to fit a particular foodie theme.

Sabra Inspired Easy Finger Foods

Sabra History - “Our company was founded in 1986 in Queens New York as Sabra Blue & White Foods. We started with the simple mission of bringing the healthy and delicious cuisine of the Mediterranean to people’s everyday diets—foods like hummus, eggplant dips, babaganoush spreads, and vegetarian sides.”

Sabra makes a whole host of dips, salsa, and hummus. They are perfect for kicking up the flavor of quick and easy recipes.  Added a few spoonfuls of Sabra Salsa to mixed vegetables, then heat and serve for an easy, spicy side dish. We liked the Pico De Gallo, medium heat, the best.

Fond of hot dogs in a blanket? Spread biscuit or crescent rolls with garlic hummus, sprinkle with cheese, and then roll as usual. Bake for 15-18 minutes and… yum!

Mini pizzas are a quick and easy snack. Press out refrigerator biscuits making thin dough rounds. Spread with flavored hummus; add toppings, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for about 10 minutes.

Thanks to Sabra and the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program for providing product and coupons.

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