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Recipe: Vegan Veggie Pizza with Ranch Dressing

July 31st, 2012 11:34 am by Kelly


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We decided to try out a ranch dressing pizza because I accidentally-on-purpose made a triple batch of the stuff which needed to be used up stat. Prior to this I’d only heard of ranch being used as a dipping sauce for pizza (mostly the naked crusts!), never a substitute for red sauce. But it does happen, on occasion. So I figured what the hey, let’s do this shit!

Any doubts I may have had quickly dissipated with the first bite. This is one delicious pizza pie, yo! Not too overpowering (it cooks down a little during baking), the dressing adds just a hint of ranch – and the bacon bits, which actually gain a little extra kick during their time in the oven, are a tasty touch. Throw in some garden fresh veggies and you’re good to go!

Just an fyi on the ranch dressing: I used the recipe found in Lane Gold’s Vegan Junk Food, but there plenty of recipes available on the web. You can also buy it pre-made; Organicville and Follow Your Heart both make vegan varieties. But why pay five bucks+ a bottle when diy is so simple and inexpensive?

 

Vegan Veggie Pizza with Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C) [Optional: sub in 1/2 cup of plain soy milk; this gave us a slightly thinner crust.]
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

…for the pizza

Approximately 1 1/2 cups of vegan ranch dressing
3 to 4 cups of garden-fresh veggies, diced (or possibly grated, which seems to be de rigueur for this type of pie); we used carrots, zucchini, green peppers, and broccoli
Vegan bacon bits
Mozzarella and Cheddar Daiya cheese, or the vegan cheese of your choice
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

Directions

1. To prepare the dough: stir the water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and salt, as well as any extra spices or seasonings. Stir in the flour until blended. Form the dough into a small ball and let rest in large bowl, covered loosely with a towel, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

2. When you’re ready to assemble and bake your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

3. To assemble the pizza, start by spreading a dusting of cornmeal onto your pizza stone (or lightly coat your pizza pan with cooking spray). Using fingers dipped in olive oil (optional), pat the dough onto the stone, spreading it out evenly.

4. Spread a layer of ranch dressing onto the dough; spread it on about as thickly as you might red sauce or the like, as it will cook down a little during baking. (Any leftovers will keep for up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.) Add the veggies and bacon bits and top with some mozzarella and/or cheddar shreds.

5. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas.

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