This recipe for Christmas Veggie Pizza uses a layer of baked crescent dough topped with a creamy chive spread. Add festive-shaped vegetables on top for a Christmas-themed pizza perfect for the holiday season!
Christmas is coming up and you’re looking for a new way to make your holiday dinner special. This Christmas veggie pizza is the perfect way to enjoy a festive meal that can easily be used as an appetizer and is fun to make, especially with kids!
The star-shaped vegetables are cut into slices of different colors, which makes them look festive and fun at the same time. Plus they taste delicious when paired with chive cream cheese and sour cream spread onto a crescent dough crust.
The best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take much time at all. If you have some leftover veggies in your fridge, then you can whip up this meal in no time. Customize by using your favorite vegetables for a nutrient-packed Christmas dish that will quickly become a new holiday tradition or try a Fruit Pizza for a fun dessert!
Ingredients for a Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza
- Crescent Roll Dough – Buttery crescent dough is rolled out and used as the crust for this festive pizza.
- Whipped Chive Cream Cheese – Makes up the base of the spread used on the baked crust that has a mild onion flavor from the chives.
- Sour Cream – Gets added to the cream cheese to thin out the spread while keeping it creamy with a hint of tangy tart flavor.
- Bell Peppers – A mix of red and yellow bell peppers are used to add fresh garden taste and color to the pizza.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower – These cruciferous veggies add flavor and crunch to the pizza along with fiber and nutrients.
- Grated Carrot – Adds a pop of bright orange color along with natural sweetness.
- Cherry Tomato – Gives this Christmas pizza a classic tomato taste.
- Red Onion – Used to complement the flavor of the chive cream cheese and gives the pizza a classic onion flavor.
- Green Onion – This garnish gets sprinkled on top for a pop of green color and even more onion flavor.
How To Make Christmas Veggie Pizza
- Bake the crescent dough: Preheat your oven to 375°F. Add the two crescent dough sheets in on top of each other in a 10×15 inch baking sheet. Pinch the seams closed and fold excess dough under. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let it cool completely as you prepare the remaining ingredients.
- Prepare the cream cheese spread: Let the cream cheese come to room temperature, then add it into a medium-sized bowl along with the sour cream. Stir with a rubber spatula or spoon until it’s fully combined.
- Finish the crust: To the completely cooled crust, spread the cream cheese mixture evenly making sure to leave a crust around the edges. Use a butter knife to draw out a Christmas tree shape inside the crust. This will be where you place the vegetables.
- Prepare the vegetables: Using star-shaped cutters (preferably different sizes) cut the bell pepper into shapes. Use a large star cookie cutter to cut a star for the top of the tree.
Create the veggie Christmas tree: Fill the main part of the tree in with broccoli to create green leaves. Add the cauliflower to the outside of the tree. Sprinkle the grated carrots over the broccoli, then top with the bell pepper stars. Sprinkle the entire dish with red and green onion. Slice and serve.
Veggie Pizza Recipe Tips
- If you happen to have any leftover cream cheese and sour cream spread, serve it as a dip with cut-up vegetables or crackers.
- To make slicing easier, cut the veggie pizza into slices after adding the cauliflower. Then, continue adding the remaining veggies. That way you don’t have to worry about cutting directly into a star or tomato and messing up the design.
- Before spreading the cream cheese mixture on the crust, make sure it is fully cooled. This will prevent the spread from melting.
- Make sure the vegetables are cut into bite-sized pieces in order to create the perfect bite without too much of one vegetable.
- Depending on the type of baking sheet you use, you may need to grease the pan before adding the crescent dough.
- Christmas veggie pizza can be served warm or cold depending on your preference.
- You can also use different veggies, you just really need something green and then different colors for the “ornaments” on the tree. Diced zucchini or cucumber would work too. You can make shapes out of carrots, radishes, or even cheddar cheese would make great stars.
- Sprinkle some freshly chopped herbs on top for a garden-fresh taste.
- This recipe makes one large Christmas tree, but you can also cut the dough into smaller Christmas tree shapes for individual portions using a Christmas tree cookie cutter.
- Sprinkling shredded hard cheese such as shredded parmesan or pecorino romano gives this veggie pizza a salty layer of bold flavor.
- Enjoy sweet flavor instead? Try making this pizza using a fruit cream cheese on the bottom and using your favorite berries and fruit to create the Christmas tree.
- Ditch the veggies and add mini pepperoni to the tree for a meat and cheese appetizer.
- Add a unique southwest twist by using some taco seasoning inside the cream cheese and topping with shredded cheese, cilantro, tomato, avocado, and even some cooked taco meat.
Storing and Freezing
Storing: Though best served immediately, any veggie pizza leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezing: Due to the varying ingredients in this pizza, freezing is not recommended as the vegetables, spread, and crust will not thaw and have the same texture.
- 2 (8 ounce) cans crescent roll dough sheets
- 7.5 ounces whipped chive cream cheese
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 red bell pepper, cored and seeds removed
- 1 yellow bell pepper, core and seeds removed
- 1 ¼ cup small broccoli florets
- ½ cup small cauliflower florets
- 2 tablespoons grated carrot
- 2 tablespoons red onion, finely diced
- 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 green onion, thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Overlap the crescent dough sheets to fit a 10x15-inch baking sheet, and pinch the seams to seal closed. Fold under any excess dough around the edges. Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. Let cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and sour cream until well combined. Spread the mixture over the crescent dough leaving about an inch of a crust around the edge.
- Using 2 different sized star-shaped vegetable cutters, cut star shapes into the bell peppers. Use the larger sized cutter to make the star for the top of the tree.
- Use a butter knife to draw an outline in the shape of a Christmas tree in the cream cheese.
- Fill in the Christmas tree shape with broccoli florets. Dot cauliflower florets over the cream cheese mixture around the outside of the tree.
- Next, sprinkle the carrots all over the tree. Add the top star and smaller stars over the tree randomly, then place the halved tomatoes on the tree. Sprinkle everything with the red onion and green onion. Slice and serve!
- See post for storage options.
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1.5 cups of chili. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
*Photos courtesy of Dana from This Silly Girl's Kitchen.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g
*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.