Tuesday, March 4, 2008

BLT Ranch Salad Pizza

I received this recipe from a friend that is a Pampered Chef Consultant. It was just what I was looking for--something new and delicious for dinner. Though the prep time was a little more than most of my meals, it wasn't too complicated at all. It is really easy to make it --less-fattening-- too...just substitute some of the ingredients for lower-fat options. The results were fabulous...my family LOVED it!

1 pkg refrigerated pizza crust (or make your own)
2 cups thinly sliced lettuce
2 plum tomatoes
1 pkg, 8 oz., cream cheese, softened (I used the low-fat version)
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing, divided
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup pitted ripe olives, sliced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled (or use turkey bacon)

1. Preheat oven to 400. Unroll pizza crust to within 1 inch of edge of lightly floured rectangle stone. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven; cool completely.

2. On cutting board, thinly slice lettuce. Seed and dice tomatoes.

3. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the salad dressing and garlic; mix well and spread evenly over crust.

4. Top Pizza with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, olives, onion and bacon.

5. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Cut into squares; serve immediately.

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