Easy Mediterranean Pizzas
These individual Mediterranean Pizzas were so easy to make, I'm surprised I'd never thought to try them before - especially considering how much Flintstone loves hummus! In addition to being fun finger food, these are vegan (or plant based if that's how you roll), delicious, and pretty darn good for you.
The vegetables I used are just that: the vegetables I used. There are several other vegetables that would work just as well. Basically any vegetable that will stand up to roasting and goes well with hummus will work on this pizza. Go with what you like!
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 small egg plant, sliced
- 1 small zucchini, sliced
- 8oz mushrooms, sliced
- 6 asparagus, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
- 2 tbsp minced garlic
- 2 tbsp of safflower oil or another oil with a high smoke point (450 or over)
- 3 tbsp za'atar* or Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spice mix
- 1/4 c fresh parsley finely chopped
- optional: sprinkle the parsley with lemon juice and olive oil or EVOO - 8oz hummus (here is a recipe for home-made hummus, if you're so inclined)
- 4 slices whole grain na'an bread - extra za'atar or herbs as garnish
1. Toss all the Roasted Veggies ingredients listed above together, coating the vegetables with the oil and spices.
2. Spread the vegetables in a single layer on a baking sheet.
3. Roast 20 minutes at 450F, stirring/turning over once.
4. While the vegetables are roasting, spread a thick layer of hummus on one side of each slice of na'an, this is your "pizza sauce."
5. Sprinkle the parsley over the hummus.
6. When the vegetables are brown around the edges, take them out of the oven and spread them on top of the na'an. You can serve and enjoy them now, or, for crispy crusts:
7. Place the pizzas on a baking sheet (you can re-use the vegetable sheet, a little oil and za'atar on the bottom of the pizzas will just add flavor and save you dishes!). Reduce the oven temperature to 250F and bake for 20 minutes.
The kids and I ate ours after step 6. Without the added baking time to crisp the crust, they are pretty floppy, but you also get the more authentic taste of the na'an. I folded mine in half like a taco, and it was perfect. Flintstone and Punky also developed their own methods
I just love both his face here and the fact that his "Mediterranean pizza burrito" is standing up on its own.
MacGyver was at a networking event, so I left his in the oven until he came home. His crust was stiff and crunchy - definitely more "pizza" like. Just the way he likes it!
*Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice mix, so not technically Mediterranean. Likewise, hummus is technically a Middle Eastern food, not Mediterranean. Perhaps I should change the name of this recipe, but Middle Eastern Pizzas doesn't flow very well. I'm open to suggestions on this point.
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