Easy Brussels Sprouts Pita Pizzas with Optional Bacon

Tired of trying to come up with ideas that would entice your kid's appetite? Tired of forcing them to eat their brussels sprouts or bribing your way so your kids would eat healthier? Then this recipe from Kitchen Treaty could be the answer to your needs. In just minutes, you can make this delectable pita pizza out Brussels sprouts, pita and bacon. 

Ingredients:

4 pita breads
¼ cup olive oil + a little more for drizzling
3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ small sweet onion, sliced
½ pound Brussels sprouts
? – ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

If adding bacon:
1 slice bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled, per pita pizza

Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the ¼ cup olive oil with the minced garlic.
  3. Place pitas on a baking sheet. Brush the top of each pita with a little of the olive oil garlic mixture.
  4. Lay onions on pitas, then sprinkle each with ¼ cup shredded mozzarella.
  5. Slice the stem end off of the Brussels sprouts and peel off the outer layer or two of leaves. Rinse and dry. Thinly slice sprouts from end to top. Add to bowl with remaining olive oil and garlic, and toss well.
  6. Divide Brussels sprouts between each pizza. Pile loosely to about ½ inch of the edge of the pitas.
  7. Top individual pizzas with crumbled bacon, if using.
  8. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, along with a generous pinch of kosher salt (use a light hand with the salt on those with bacon), and freshly ground black pepper.
  9. Drizzle each lightly with about another teaspoon of olive oil.
  10. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until pitas are golden brown and getting crisp around the edges, the cheese is melted, and the shredded Brussels are tender.
  11. Cut into quarters and serve.
Posted by Diane Araga, on January 10, 2014 at 8:00 AM