Loaded Veggie Pizza (& I mean loaded!)

Veggie Pizza - Inside NanaBread's Head

Ever been so sold on a certain brand you start to think of yourself as a rabid brand loyalist? Well, I have become obsessed with DeLallo. You may remember a certain post for homemade pimento cheese? Well, those piquillo peppers were so glorious, I decided to branch out and try other items. To the extent that I made a total veggie power pizza with some of their line. And you know what? Their other products live up to the piquillo pepper hype.

Here’s what I bought from the DeLallo line this week:
1.) can of artichoke hearts
2.) jar of sun-dried tomato bruschetta
3.) jar of basil pesto in olive oil
4.) jar of pine nuts
5.) yet another jar of piquillo peppers

I know… I’m out of control. But stay with me, because the pizza was awesome.

In addition to the DeLallo goodies, I also picked up:
1.) fresh baby spinach
2.) fresh button mushrooms
3.) an orange bell pepper
4.) a purple onion
5.) a small tub of ricotta cheese

Secret foodie confession: I keep frozen pizza dough in my freezer at all times. The type I buy is just a frozen dough ball in a bag from my local HEB grocery store. I keep both the whole wheat and traditional white on hand. And not just for pizza. If you thaw it out and let it rise, it can double as breadstick dough, cinnamon rolls, etc. Pretty versatile stuff, really.

So for this pizza, I thawed out a ball of the whole wheat and let it rise while I baked cookies. (More on that later, but it involves an on-line bake sale coming up later this month for which I am making cherry almond shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate. Break out your wallets, kids. You’re going to want to bid on these.) Here’s how the pizza baking went down.

First, I rolled out the whole wheat dough and baked it for 10 minutes, brushed only with olive oil, to prevent it from getting soggy, then I layered on a schmear of pesto, some sun-dried tomatoes (drained) and mushrooms sautéed in chili oil.

Veggie Pizza - pesto, sun-dried tomatoes & mushroom layer

Next came a layer of fresh spinach, some sliced purple onion and the chopped & drained artichoke hearts. For the record, I L-O-V-E love artichoke hearts.

Veggie Pizza - spinach, purple onion, artichoke hearts

But wait! There’s more! Next, I got artsy with my orange bell pepper and roasted piquillo peppers. Yes, I play with my food. :) The Complete Package walked into the kitchen just as I finished laying on the peppers and said “this is going on the blog, isn’t it?” Psssh, what do you mean? All my food looks this good! Okay, whatever. Yes it’s for the blog, smartass. Still, it’s pretty!

Veggie Pizza - orange bell pepper & piquillo peppers

And then, just when you’re thinking “Holy craptastic veggie goodness! What else could she possibly add?” I threw on some ricotta cheese seasoned with oregano, basil, garlic salt & red pepper flakes, some pine nuts I toasted in a skillet, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Looks good, doesn’t it?

Veggie Pizza - seasoned ricotta, pine nuts & olive oil

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. That’s a whole lotta veggie. But we’re not done yet. You gotta pop that beast into the oven and bake at 425F for 25-30 minutes. I like to bake mine on a Silpat mat for an extra crispy crust. When the ricotta and pine nuts start getting brown around the edges, it’s done.

Veggie Pizza - just out of the oven

Yeah, baby… that’s the good stuff. Now you have to let it sit for 5-10 minutes to settle down a little. Then, cut that puppy up and dig in!

Veggie Pizza - Dig in!

Boom. Done. Blow it up! For the record – it was delicious, we didn’t miss the meat, and it has completely solidified my deep and abiding love for all things DeLallo. Rabid. Brand. Loyalist. And not ashamed. Do you have a favorite brand or brands that you can’t live without? Please leave a comment and share. You never know what might spur my next food obsession!

Please Note: I am not in any way compensated by the DeLallo Foods Company. I am (as I have stated) just a loyal lover of their products who is dead set on converting the rest of the world. Amen.



Filed under Food & Recipes, Things I Love

16 responses to “Loaded Veggie Pizza (& I mean loaded!)

  1. Love your disclosure! This pizza is loaded and I can’t wait to dive in.

  2. wow. Just–wow. I did not know HEB has frozen pizza dough; I feel like I say that to you a lot (“I did not know such and such existed…”) :D
    I actually used Pioneer Woman’s recipe the other day to make pizza and calzones. I’ve been making breads and that was the next step; I’m kind of shocked at how easy it was. I feel like I’ve heard it’s easy to freeze pizza dough, too?? Apparently it is for HEB…Whatever the case–there is a veggie pizza in my very near future :D
    PS I’m glad you had such a great experience at BlogHer Food…I thought about you all weekend!
    PPS In a very non-stalkerish way, of course. Ahem.

    • My next step is to start grilling all summer pizzas on our grill out back so I don’t have to heat up our kitchen. Totally doable, I just have to figure out proper temps so I don’t get the deadly ‘raw on the top / incinerated on the bottom’ combo. I missed you at BlogHer Food, too. Wish you were there, but not really practical, given that you JUST had a baby. Totally justifiable reason to miss, btw. :D

      • I made a variation of this veggie pizza the other day and it was faboosh! That’s a new word for very delicious. Can you grill any old crust recipe?

      • Pretty sure you could, although I wouldn’t attempt a deep dish on a grill. That could leave a serious mess. I’d probably opt for pre-baking the crust in the oven until it’s about half to two-thirds of the way done, then add the toppings and bake it on the outdoor grill over low heat until it’s all melty & perfect.

      • Smart! I’m going to attempt this soon and report back.

  3. Big Sis

    Ok, can we have this for dinner one night when I come down?? My mouth is watering as I type! YUMMY!!

  4. I got to eat the leftovers for breakfast and I can attest that this pizza was AMAZING! I loved it!!

    • Thanks for the thumbs up, honey! You know when a pizza is good as leftovers the next day it can be deemed a success. This one definitely passed the Leftover Test. So glad you loved it!

  5. There’s nothing like a home made veggie pizza! What I buy at my favorite pizza place has only 3 veggies on it! It’s definitely not loaded like this one! It looks fabulous! I always keep Trader Joe’s dough in my freezer. And I think DeLallo should send you a HUGE gift box for being such a loyal customer!!! ;- }

    • Hahaha… that would be awesome, and I would put it to good use, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Doesn’t matter, though. I’ll gladly support them until forever. Their stuff is so, so good!

  6. LOVE the ricotta with all those veggies! I’m a huge fan of whole wheat pizza dough, so your loaded veggie pizza has my name written all over it. I need to make one for lunch and not share a single slice. All those veggies mean that I can eat the whole pizza, right?

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