I mean, just look at it! Gorgeous, I say!
Anyway, yesterday Shane got it in his head to try and improve upon my masterpiece, mainly by adding the “white sauce” found in the original recipe. The result, while still totally nom-worthy, is incredibly messy. No, not messy; “messy” is an understatement of epic proportions. Let’s just say that “Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Garbage Plate Pizza” is more apt a name for this dish than “Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Pizza II.” Once cut, the toppings just ooze over your slice and slide across your plate until you don’t know what’s what. Up is down! Black is white! Two and a Half Men is Firefly! Crazy right? This pie will go that to a girl.
For serious, just compare v.1 to v.2!
Delicious but deadly. And by “deadly,” I mean to your favorite animal rights tee. A fork is a must; a bib, strongly recommended. You’ve been warned.
Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Pizza II
(aka, Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Garbage Plate Pizza)
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups soy milk, plain
3 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons flour, with extra to taste
cornmeal or cooking spray
cheddar Daiya cheese (or the vegan cheddar cheese of your choice)
frozen mixed vegetables (we used a carrot, corn and green bean blend)
48 ever-so-slightly defrosted tater tots, give or take (place them on the counter to thaw about 45 minutes before assembling your pizza)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. About an hour and 15 minutes before dinnertime, get to work! Start with the “white sauce.” Combine the soy milk and margarine in a small saucepan. Stirring gently, heat on medium until the margarine melts and combines with the soy milk. Whisk in the flour, a little at a time, until the sauce thickens to a gravy-like consistency.
4. Now that you’re ready to assemble your pizza, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
5. As the oven’s preheating, spread 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.
6. Spread the white sauce out onto your pizza. Next, add a generous layer of cheddar cheese, followed by the mixed vegetables (about two cups, but you can wing it), the tater tots (we averaged six per slice), and a final, thin sprinkling of cheese to bind it all together.
7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas. Be sure to rotate racks at the halfway point!
8. Get your nom on!