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Pizza Dreams

If there’s one thing I miss terribly since going vegan… It’s pizza.

I’m assuming most vegans agree. Pizza is, in a word, magical.

Late last night, while trying to fall asleep, I conjured up a pizza that would leave me satisfied and not missing the cheese-laden pizzas of ye olde days. The ingredients in my mind were: white bean puree, roasted red peppers, some kind of vegan sausage, caramelized onions and spinach. I was so excited to make this pizza that I actually couldn’t fall asleep (anyone else think of recipe ideas while trying to sleep?)

A word of caution: I made the white bean paste and the caramelized onions that afternoon and just refrigerated them, until they were ready to be used. This saves time during the actual pizza-making, as creating the dough etc is a bit of a process. If you have time to kill earlier in the day, I recommend to do so, so that you’re not running around your kitchen (like I usually am). Also, you could definitely use pre-made pizza dough, no shame in that.

White Bean Veggie Sausage Pizza

Preheat oven to 500*.

White Bean Puree:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half
  • 1 15-ounce can Great Northern beans, rinsed. You can use cannelini too.
  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage, or 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

Pour water into a saucepan, add garlic and bring to a boil over high heat. Add beans and return to a boil. Drain the beans and garlic, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.

Transfer the beans and garlic to a food processor. Add oil and process, adding just enough of the reserved cooking liquid to make a thick, smooth paste. Stir in sage and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Should look like this:

Dough:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • some cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal

Directions:

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar and yeast in 3/4 cup warm water (not too hot!!). Let stand for 5 minutes, the mixture should be nice and foamy. Add the flours and salt to the yeast mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead for a while, until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. The dough should feel slightly sticky.

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let rise in an oven with only the light turned on. Wait about 30-40 minutes, until it’s doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and roll into a 10 or 11 inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Place dough on either a baking sheet OR cast iron skillet (I did this) and sprinkle with the cornmeal. Lightly spray the surface of the dough with cooking spray.

Now the fun part: spread the white bean puree on your pizza dough and top with the caramelized onions. You can use any veggies and toppings you like, of course. Go crazy. I chose roasted sweet peppers, olive oil, chopped spinach and diced apple sage vegan sausage. And salt and pepper.

This vegan sausage I picked up at whole foods. It was kinda pricey, $5.99, but doesn’t smoked apple sage just sound so good?! Oh, and that’s my cats head to the left.

Anyways, now just bake it. Bake it for 8-12 minutes (whenever your crust starts to get golden/brown, take it out). It should a little like this:

December 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm 2 comments

‘Za Night!!

Vegan ‘Za

 

Worked all day today so not only was I excited to go home to the couch and Ryan 😉 but I was excited to arrive and be handed some homemade vegan pizza!! We have been house sitting about an hour away for two weeks so it feels good to be back to our lovely new condo!!

Pizza is just the easiest go to food. Ryan loves it as well (and doesn’t even mind it without the cheese!) yay!

 

No recipe necessary because the possibilities are endless, but the toppings for dinner tonight included garlic, onion, bell pepper, and tomato sauce mixed with spicy peppers.  Then after it came out of the oven it was topped with some chiffonade cut basil.

 

It’s hard to stop after a slice or two… but hey, without the cheese is it even that bad for you?! No way!

 

Now all I need is some dessert…

October 31, 2010 at 12:22 am 1 comment


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