Basil Focaccia Wedges
These healthy mini-pizzas will inspire children to eat vegetables! The canola oil browns the vegetables, brings out their rich flavors, and gives the dough a crispy crust.
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil – divided use
1 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 (13.8-ounce) package focaccia-style, refrigerated pizza dough
1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 small plum tomatoes, cut into 12 rounds total
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
16 pitted kalamata olives, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C).
- Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and onions; cook 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook 2 minutes, using two utensils to stir easily. Add garlic, cook 15 seconds and set aside.
- On baking sheet, drizzle remaining 1/2 tablespoon canola oil. Use fingertips to spread oil evenly. Unroll dough onto baking sheet and shape into an 11 x 8 inch rectangle. Top dough with pepper flakes and mushroom mixture, spooning as close to edges as possible. Top with basil and arrange tomatoes in 12 even sections.
- Bake 12 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella. Bake 6 more minutes or until deep golden on edges. Top with Parmesan and sprinkle evenly with olives. Allow to cool to room temperature.
- When serving, cut into 12 squares, and then cut each square in half diagonally to make 24 pieces total.
Makes 12 (2 piece) servings.
Tip: Using the prongs of a fork helps distribute vegetables evenly on top of uncooked dough. A pizza cutter allows for easier slicing of wedges.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories 125; Total Fat 4.5g; Saturated Fat 1g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 320mg; Carbohydrates 18g; Fiber 1g; Protein 5g.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil” from the American Diabetes Association and CanolaInfo.