Today, I want to introduce you to one of my very good friends of late, vegan pizza. YUMMO. Long gone are the days of a greasy crust piled with tomato sauce and cheese (How boring). Now, you can make your own vegan pizza at home that far out-tastes anything that you could find at a “fast” food joint.
If you’ve never made a vegan pizza before, we’ve got you covered.
You’re going to need a crust, a sauce, and your favorite toppings. That’s it. Easy peasy.
To get started, you’re going to need an easy homemade crust. Down at the bottom of this post, you’ll find one of my favorite (of late) vegan crust recipes that is adapted from Pinch of Yum’s wheat crust recipe. For how easy it is to throw together, I think this crust tastes amazing.
Here it is, spelled out P-L-A-I-N and S-I-M-P-L-E (that took me way to long to type, by the way.): :)
- Roll out two 12-inch diameter pizza crusts from your favorite dough recipe (or see below for my current favorite).
- Spread your pizza sauce (or marinara, cause I’m cheap) all over your rolled out dough–to within a half inch of the edge. Use as little or as much as you like.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cover that saucy pizza with all of your favorite toppings:
- Bell Pepper
- Artichoke hearts
- Heart of Palm
- Tofurky brand Italian Sausage (my current fave)
- Roasted garlic (or fresh)
- Fresh basil
- Crumbled tofu
- Italian seasoning
- Cheeeeeeeese–(vegan, of course!)
- Then, of course, you’re going to bake that thing at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12-14 minutes, or until the crust is just starting to turn a pretty golden color.
- And then, my friends, you will have a verrrry loaded and verrrry delicious vegan pizza!
Let’s have a little chat about vegan cheese. (I almost called this “The Vegan Cheese Talk,” but that sounded too much like a rite of passage. :p )
When it comes to pizza and vegan cheese, you’ve got alot of options. Daiya makes a fabulous vegan mozzarella cheese, Follow Your Heart makes a DELISH vegan mozzarella cheese, and Trader Joe’s makes an awesome vegan mozzarella cheese. (There are probably others too that I haven’t gotten around to trying.) I’ve used all 3 of them on pizza, and I’d say the Trader Joe’s variety melts the best, with Follow Your Heart cheese coming in at a close second. One of these days, I’m going to take pictures of pizza with each type of cheese on it, and run an experiment to see how melty each is. I do like the flavors of each of them differently, to be used in different stuff. But, for pizza, for me, I gotta have Trader Joe’s.
If you haven’t tried the Trader Joe’s variety, you probably won’t be disappointed–especially with the price: $3.29 for an 8 ounce bag, as opposed to $4-$5-$6 (!!)/bag prices I’ve seen for Daiya and Follow Your Heart.
FYI: You can even FREEZE Daiya and Trader Joe’s vegan cheese (even though Trader Joe’s doesn’t recommend freezing it). (I haven’t tried Follow Your Heart yet.) Mine tasted fabulous after being frozen for a few weeks.
And, it looks like this:
You’re going to love this stuff, folks.
And here’s just a little food for thought before you fill your stomach with this yumminess.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (King Jame Version)
Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
|Prep time||30 minutes|
|Cook time||12 minutes|
|Total time||42 minutes|
- 1 cup warm water (not too hot, or you'll kill your yeast.)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons pure cane sugar (or agave nectar)
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 1/3 cups whole wheat white flour (Or use 1 cup white flour with 1 1/3 cup whole wheat, if you don't have flour made from the white wheat berries.)
- 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (or use whole wheat white flour for this too)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
|In a small bowl, gently combine your warm water, olive oil, sweetener, and yeast. Allow this mixture to sit for about 4-5 minutes. You just want to make sure that you see some bubbles/foaminess forming on the surface of your mixture, so that you know your yeast will work.|
|In a large bowl, combine your flours and salt. Then, add your liquids, gently stirring with a spoon or fork, until you just give up and use your hands. Hands work the best for this! Go ahead and need your dough until it is smooth and wonderful. You may need to add a teaspoon of flour or water, depending, to bring your dough the the "smooth and wonderful" consistency.|
|Place your dough in the mixing bowl, cover it, and place it in a warm and dry place to rise for about 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, you can prep your pizza toppings.|
|Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.|
|DIvide your dough into 2 equal parts, rolling each part out into a roughly 12 inch diameter circle. Prepare your pizzas as you like.|
|Bake at 375 degrees Fahreneheit for about 12-14 minutes, or until the crust is just turning a slight golden color.|
Adapted/inspired by Easy Whole Wheat Pizza Dough at Pinch of Yum.
This recipe makes about 16 slices of pizza.