Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Grapes and the Garden Veggie Pizza Recipe #GrapesfromCA

Living in California I have access to some great produce grown right here in the state. We have delicious fruits and veggies to eat all the time. One of my favorite fruits to eat is grapes. Ever since I was a kid grapes have always cheered me up. They are so delicious. Green, red or black grapes I love them all.

I have many snacks and breakfast items that have California Grapes as an ingredient. I like to eat them just by themselves too. This summer I thought I would like to find a new way to include grapes into something I enjoy as well as my family. My first thought was everyone love pizza! I created a pizza recipe that I call Grapes and the Garden Pizza.

 My Grapes and the Garden Pizza is easy to make. I purchased a pre-made pizza crust, canned tomato sauce, shredded cheese and added California Black Grapes, green bell pepper, red onion, spinach leaves, minced garlic, marinated artichoke hearts and no salt added canned mushrooms.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly brush the pizza crust with olive oil. I used a pizza stone and you can also use a cookie sheet. After slicing the ingredients I placed the pizza sauce and a pinch of garlic to the pizza crust. Next cover the pizza sauce with cheese. I selected a mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheese for extra flavor and color. Add the toppings of California Black Grapes, green bell pepper, red onion, spinach leaves, marinated artichoke hearts, no salt added canned mushrooms and a pinch of garlic on top of the pizza. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the cheese has melted and the toppings and crust are lightly golden.

We really enjoyed the Grapes and the Garden Veggie Pizza. The savory flavors of the veggies are perfectly balanced by the sweet grapes. California Grapes can be used in many recipes. There is a great cookbook titled Green, Black, Red that has many grape recipes.

Grapes and the Garden Veggie Pizza

This is a great pizza to have as a snack since there is no meat. A light veggie and cheese pizza to enjoy for lunch or a snack any day of the week. To learn more about California Table Grapes and create your own recipe to enter in the Grapes Snack Makeover contest you can be a fan on Facebook.

* I was sent a cookbook and compensation to buy California Grapes from Family Review Network for this post. I will be entering my recipe in a contest as well. #GrapesfromCA


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