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Vegetarian, Game Day1 hour, 30 minutes
The best part about making these Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers for your game day party? You can prepare all the components ahead of time and assemble them right before kick-off!

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I’m not going to lie to you guys— I’m not much of a football fan. I’m a basketball girl living in Basketball Country, USA, but even I can appreciate the fun that is the Super Bowl. Well, more accurately, I can appreciate all the delicious food that makes an appearance on Super Bowl Sunday!

We have a lot of healthier game day recipes on Wholefully (you can check them out here), but this one holds a special spot in my heart for exactly three reasons. 1) It’s delicious, really delicious. 2) It’s all make ahead—no work during the game. 3) These veggie pizza appetizers have roots in my childhood.

Creamy herb sauce spread on a tray of pizza crust, with vegetables in small bowls off to the side

Growing up, my parents always threw a big rager of a 4th of July party every year for all of our friends and family (think 50+ people pitching tents all over the property and spending all weekend drinking, eating, and swimming).

And one of our family friends always made a big batch of veggie pizza appetizers for us to snack on during the weekend. It was a crowd-pleaser. It even satisfied the veggie-hating kids at the party.

Close up of the veggies on top of Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers - tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, peppers

The original version uses canned crescent rolls as a crust and a ton of cream cheese and sour cream for a sauce (hence why the kids would tolerate the veggies), but my version has a homebaked multi-grain crust and an herbed sauce that is healthified thanks to my beloved Greek yogurt. It’s just as yummy, but even healthier!

For a crowd, I like to pre-cut these cold veggie pizza appetizers into easy-to-grab squares. It looks so beautiful on a platter (especially when it’s up against all the brown-colored food that is typical of the Super Bowl buffet), and I think it’s a fun alternative to your standard veggie and dip tray.

Trust me, no one will miss the dried out tray from the grocery store if you’ve got these flavorful squares in your offering.

Off-white plate of Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers cut into squares

You can mix-and-match whatever raw veggies you like for your topping. Here, I used a combo of broccoli, peppers, carrots, and red tomatoes. This is a great mixture of textures (crunchy, smooth, watery) and flavors (sweet, tart, mild), plus it’s a whole rainbow of pretty colors! Other options: sliced green onions, chopped cauliflower, sliced olives, chopped celery, corn kernels—anything!

Ingredients for topping Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers - sauce, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots, peppers

The best part of this game day recipe? You can make all the components ahead of time and just assemble it right before kick-off. In fact, the longer the sauce sits and melds, the more flavorful it gets. So go ahead, bake up the crust, mix up the sauce, and chop your veggies the day before the game. Then just assemble your veggie pizza appetizers and cut right before your guests arrive. I’m definitely not one of those game day hosts who wants to spend her time in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the game. I want to get a chance to enjoy the game, too! And a make-ahead recipe like this makes it easy to cheer along with your guests. Enjoy!

 

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Tray of Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers

Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus 45 minutes for the dough to rise
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: -26099678.65 minute
  • Yield: 12-16 pieces 1x

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The best part about making these Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizers for your game day party? You can prepare all the components ahead of time and assemble them right before kick-off!


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Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 1/3 cup (79 grams) hot water
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) sugar
  • 1 packet (7 grams) active dry yeast
  • 2 cups (275 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup (125 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (3 grams) baking powder
  • 2 sticks (226 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1 cup (280 grams) low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • Olive oil, for greasing the pan

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

For the Toppings:

  • 3 cups chopped fresh vegetables (cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Instructions

  1. To make the crust, mix the water and sugar in a small bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside until the yeast becomes foamy.
  2. Meanwhile, add the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, and baking powder to a food processor and pulse briefly to combine. Add the butter and pulse several times until the butter is in very small pieces and the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  3. Add the Greek yogurt and the foamed yeast mixture and pulse a few times.
  4. Dump the dough into a large bowl and knead with your hands until it comes together into a ball. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rise in a warm place for 45 minutes (the dough may not increase much in size).
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a large baking sheet with olive oil. Place the dough in the pan and pat it out into an even layer that reaches the edges of the pan. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown around the edges and the middle springs back when you press on it. Let the crust cool completely before adding the sauce and toppings.
  6. To make the sauce, mix the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, ranch dressing, lemon juice, dill, salt, pepper, and garlic in a large bowl until smooth. Spread the sauce evenly across the cooled pizza crust.
  7. Sprinkle the chopped vegetables and chives on top of the pizza. Cut into squares and serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes

  • Make this pizza your own by using your favorite veggies or whatever is in season near you.
  • The pizza dough can be baked up to two days in advance and stored covered on the counter. The sauce can be mixed up to two days in advance and stored covered in the refrigerator. If you chop your vegetables in advance, too, you’ll only need to spend about five minutes putting this together the day you’re serving it.
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Baking

Keywords: game day, appetizers, vegetables, pizza

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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18 Responses
  1. Wow–a homemade crust on veggie pizza squares?! I’m impressed and inspired. These will always remind me of family gatherings as a kid because I had an aunt who made these without fail. I loved them and haven’t had them in years. I may have to try your homemade version.

  2. Well – college football is my heart and so I’m still overjoyed at the Seminoles Win for the National Championship. As for the super bowl – I don’t really have a favorite – but its still fun to watch the game with friends.
    This veggie pizza looks so fun and festive! Thanks for sharing – I will definitely make this!
    Have a great day – Jessica

  3. I’m totally making this on Superbowl- it’s usually just me and my husband so this will be perfect. I am rooting for all my ads to run on time, since I sell National Advertising. By the time the game rolls around, I’m just in it to watch the ads and cross my fingers!

  4. Jill

    Hi Cassie! I used your Thanksgiving menu template and hung it on the fridge for our family meal, and my husband still talks about it–so unlike him, or so I thought! He has requested something similar for the Super Bowl, preferably with helmets 🙂 Any chance this is in the works? Either way, I think veggie pizza squares is in our future. Thank you!

  5. Tiffany

    This looks delish and I think I’ll be making it next weekend!

    I’m rooting for the Broncos. I am a lifelong fan living in MA so I was happy to see the Pats go down. Thanks for letting us have Peyton 🙂

  6. I’m so excited for this!! I’ve been making the original version you mentioned, but I will be making this for my friend’s Superbowl party! Thanks Lady!!

  7. This must totally be a Midwestern thing because the old crescent roll version was a staple at pretty much every family gathering when I grew up, too! I made a healthier version for our Christmas Eve grazing last mionth using my homemade bread dough and a similar sauce as yours. GMTA! 🙂

    1. So, I did end up making this for my party last night and it was a hit! I ended up with extra sauce (and put more on the pizza than one ideal), but I’m not sure if I made my pizza a little smaller than yours? Anyway, everyone enjoyed and there were no leftovers. This dish will definitely be featured at parties in the future.

  8. Jaclyn

    GREAT! I love having satisfying veggie ideas for my vegetarian friends. I hope it’s not an offence to the recipe if I still use the crescent rolls for the base — my teeny tiny kitchen lacks the space to roll out a proper dough!

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