Christmas Tree Pizza
It’s another December night. You’ve just had a long day, and are trying (again) to think of something to eat. You have a long list of things yet to still carry out, either from your Christmas to do list or the normal never-ending routine. Perhaps you have your littles clamoring about waiting for dinner, or your big wondering the same thing. Enter the Christmas Tree Pizza. It’s quick, easy, and you might even fit some Merry into your day or night.
Growing up I loved it when my food came to life. It was the small things, like a pear side dish that looked like a mouse, or my aunt’s monster toast. Call it practicing for my future kids or just feeding the child inside me, but this Christmas Tree Pizza is my perfect December meal.
If you’re limited on time, you can buy pre-made pizza dough and sauce like I did. Or heck, if you’re more Barefoot Contessa than Trader Joe, do them from scratch ahead of time and pull from the fridge!
Gather your ingredients and start the assembly!
If you want to save yourself time you can prep the vegetables ahead of time. I used primarily Bell Peppers, but there are limitless possibilities. Cucumbers cut into half circles would make great branches, or even pears depending on the taste you are going for. If you have kids, this would be a great meal for them to help you with!
I found it easier to roll my dough out in three distinct sections. The bottom took the majority of the dough, and was rolled horizontally. The middle and top section I tried to roll into more of a triangle.
Obviously this is not perfect, but that’s ok beacause the very next step I’m going to scallop the edges almost like you would for a pie crust. We’ll call it “tree trimming” ;-). This creates some texture, and more of a tree look (in my opinion)! I also rolled over the sections to blend them together.
Spread your sauce (I used tomato based, but you could do anything. Even pesto would make it green!), and then just brush olive oil or butter on the stem.
Time to decorate the tree! I used a small star cookie cutter for the tree topper.
It really doesn’t have to look perfect, baking it changes the shape some anyway.
Then you simply follow the directions on your pizza dough, but mine was for 10-15 minutes at the highest temp my oven would go (which is 500).
Viola! A messy but endearing Christmas Tree Pizza! All in under 30 minutes:).
What toppings would you put on your Christmas Tree?
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