I know that healthy pizza crust exists.
I get it. It’s cauliflower or it’s fathead dough or what-the-hell-ever is popular right now. GOT IT.
I don’t want one.
Honestly, there’s a time and a place for baking a cruciferous vegetable (cauliflower) into a pizza crust and it’s not after I’ve worked for 8 hrs. Usually, a cauli-crust happens on a Saturday night, cocktail in hand and hunky hero on demand.
*Technically Netflix because I’m too poor for cable and perpetually single.
BUT on a normal night (4:45 pm) Inspector Gorgeous is starving, cranky and wants yoga pants on her body and pizza toppings in her mouth in 15 minutes or less. THAT means it needs to be something that cooks quickly and takes minimal to no prep work. Zucchini is GREAT covered in pizza toppings but it has the shelf life of an elderly gnat and I’ve honestly probably zoodled it already. I just know it.
The Peppery Epiphany
SO what’s quick and light and satisfying? MINI PEPPERS are all of those things. Top them with CHEESE and SAUCE and FRESH BASIL and bake. All that’s missing is a side of Ranch dressing for dipping and dinner is nailed. And maybe one of those hunky heroes, too. Wait. Could they be covered in pizza toppings? YES!
Well, no. Okay, nevermind. Let’s just make this recipe.
Sheet Pan Mini Pizza Peppers
Because I’ll eat pizza toppings on literally anything. Wink.
The whole de-seeding and slicing process takes about :30 and you can eat some of them as you slice.
You know, to take the edge off of the hunger while you take another :30 to sauce them.
Now just dump a bunch of cheese and herbs on there and bake it in a hot oven.
Melty, cheesy, not pizza but pizza-esque.
The most difficult part of this recipe is not burning five layers of skin on the roof of your mouth.
First bite is a doozie.
And don’t forget to drizzle it in really unhealthy *light* Ranch Dressing!
- 6-8 Mini Peppers, seeded and halved
- 12 tbsp Marinara or Pizza Sauce
- ¼ cup Mozzarella Cheese *optional
- ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 4-5 leaves Fresh Basil, torn
- Any other pizza toppings you like...
- And RANCH DRESSING
- Heat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
- Arrange sliced peppers on baking sheet and place a tbsp of sauce in the hollow of each pepper.
- Sprinkle with optional mozzarella cheese (for more fat) and the parmesan cheese.
- Add any other toppings desired and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Garnish with Italian seasoning and torn basil.