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#FoodieFriday -- Pizza Problems

Posted on September 26 2014

Lately, the only food I've been craving is a hot cheesy doughy crusted pizza.  I've never really been a huge pizza lover but knowing I can't indulge in the craving makes me want it that much more.  Since going dairy free about eight months ago, there are few things I sincerely miss.  I don't miss milk, I don't miss ice cream, I don't miss cheese but I without any doubt miss pizza.  So, in my search for a pizza alternative, I stumbled across this  Simple Vegan Pizza recipe from Minimalist Baker.  It's quick, it's simple and it's delicious!  Needless to say, the next time my pizza craving strikes I know exactly what to do. 

Ingredients
PIZZA
  • 1/2 of one Trader Joe’s garlic-herb pizza crust (or half of this homemade recipe or this gluten free recipe)
  • 1/2 cup each Red, Green and Orange bell pepper, loosely chopped
  • 1/3 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano and garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
SAUCE
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce OR 6-ounce can tomato paste (organic when possible)
  • 1/2 tsp each dried or fresh basil, oregano, garlic powder, granulated sugar
  • Sea salt to taste (~1/4 tsp)
TOPPINGS
  • 1/2 cup vegan parmesan cheese
  • Red pepper flake + dried oregano
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and position a rack in the middle of the oven.
  2. Bring large skillet to medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil, onion and peppers. Season with salt, herbs and stir. Cook until soft and slightly charred – 10-15 minutes, adding the mushrooms in the last few minutes. Set aside.
  3. Prepare sauce by adding tomato sauce to a mixing bowl and adding seasonings and salt to taste. Adjust seasonings as needed. Set aside. Note: If using tomato paste, add water to thin until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Prepare vegan parmesan if you haven’t already by blitzing raw cashes, sea salt, nutritional yeast and garlic powder in a food processor until a fine meal is reached. Transfer to jar and refrigerate to keep fresh.
  5. Roll out dough onto a floured surface and transfer to a parchment-lined round baking sheet. You’re going to add the pizza WITH the parchment directly to the oven to properly crisp the crust, so any round object will do as it’s not actually going into the oven (I use a wood board).
  6. Top with desired amount of tomato sauce (you’ll have leftovers, which you can store in a jar for later use), a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and the sautéed veggies.
  7. Use the baking sheet to gently slide the pizza directly onto the oven rack WITH the parchment underneath. Otherwise it will fall through.
  8. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  9. Serve with remaining parmesan cheese, dried oregano and red pepper flake. Leftovers keep well – no need to reheat! Cold pizza is yum.
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