Bruschetta-Style Pita Pizzas Recipe
A few weeks ago, I posted a recipe for superfood pizza that also used these whole wheat pita shells from Whole Foods for a crust. I may never go back to homemade pizza crust again (although I reserve the right to take that statement back at any time!)
These pitas are a great alternative pizza crust option – perfect for a quick appetizer or meal. No yeast, rising, or wait time required.
The bruschetta-style topping is just perfect: A garlicky tomato sauce; Fresh mozzarella cheese. Instead of basil – a more traditional choice for bruschetta – I opted for fresh cut garlic chives instead.
This is a very cheap meal option, whether you’re feeding a bunch of hungry mouths or cooking for yourself. Here’s what I paid:
- Pita shells = $2.69 for a package of five from Whole Foods
- Tomatoes = $.99 for a small can
- Fresh mozzarella cheese = $3.99 for a container (I used half. Fresh mozzarella is often cheaper if purchased in a package as opposed to that which is packed in water.)
- Other ingredients = $.50 (approximate cost)
All in all, four of these pita pizzas cost about $6, which equates to $1.50 per pizza.
Check out other alternative pizza crust options.
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- 1 small can chopped tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- 4 whole wheat pita shells
- 1 small container fresh mozzarella cheese
- To make bruschetta-style pizza sauce: Empty can of tomatoes into a mixing bowl. Using a microplane grater, grate garlic into the tomatoes. Add sugar, olive oil, and spices to taste. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Place pita shells directly on the oven grate and heat for 2 to 3 minutes, to crisp slightly. Remove from oven and place mozzarella on top of pita shells. Return to oven and bake for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is slightly melted. Remove from oven again and place a few tablespoons of tomatoes on top of each pizza. Avoid putting too much of the liquid on the crust - try to get chunks of tomatoes instead. Return pizzas to oven for a minute or two, until the tomatoes are slightly warmed. Remove from oven and serve.