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Recipe: Greek-Style Pizza with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and a Lemon Garlic Crust

April 3rd, 2013 12:42 pm by Kelly


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Lately I’ve been super-into Greek flavors – lemon, garlic, red peppers, Kalamata olives, spinach – and, after combining them in the usual suspects (salads, tofu scrambles, baked potatoes, frittatas…mmm, frittatas), I decided that it was high time to put ’em on a pizza (P.I.Z.Z.A.!).

You guys, I know I say that about all the pizzas, but this is one ridiculously good pie. Instead of red tomato sauce, I used a roasted red pepper and garlic sauce adapted from a recipe (one of my favorites!) in Donna Klein’s Vegan Italiano. It requires a little extra preparation, but trust me when I say that it’s worth it. Plus you can make your own roasted red peppers at the same time – simply set aside a few pepper strips before pulverizing the rest into sauce. Homemade roasted red peppers are way tastier than the ones in a jar. Cheaper, too.

And the lemon garlic crust? Takes this pizza to a whole ‘nother level. Using our trusty of Fluffy White Pizza Crust as a starting point, I swapped out 1/4 cup of water for lemon juice and added garlic powder and lemon peel for extra zing. I’m not really sure whether it’s just a coincidence or if the lemon juice affected the rise of the dough, but it came out a bit thinner than normal. Not thin-thin, but medium-ish. And very tasty! Definitely a winner.

If you’d rather play it safe, go with the Fluffy White Pizza Crust; for something different – but not lemony – may I suggest a Spinach or Kalamata Olive Crust?

Topped with roasted red peppers, black and Kalamata olives, sundried and fresh tomatoes, mozzarella Daiya cheese, and a bit of parsley. Spinach and homemade vegan feta cheese would also make nice additions, though I didn’t use them here. Feel free to swap out or add to the parsley with your own favorite spices – oregano, basil, lemon zest, and red pepper are all fine choices. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also common to Greek spice blends, though I can’t vouch for their pizza compatibility.

 

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Greek-Style Pizza with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and a Lemon Garlic Crust

…for the Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

(Adapted from the Roasted Pepper, Tomato, and Garlic Sauce in Donna Klein’s VEGAN ITALIANO.)

3 red peppers (or some combination of bell peppers)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon basil
salt and pepper to taste
a dash of crush red pepper (optional)

…for the Lemon Garlic Pizza Crust

3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F / 45 degrees C)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
a dash of lemon peel (optional)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

…for the pizza

Sundried tomatoes (dried, not oil-packed)
Roasted red peppers (left over from the sauce)
Black olives
Kalamata olives
1-2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
Vegan mozzarella cheese (we used Daiya) and/or homemade vegan feta
Parsley
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

Directions

1. Begin my making the sauce. Preheat the oven to 475F. Lightly oil a 9″x12″ glass baking pan. Wash and seed the peppers, then cut them lengthwise into long, thin strips. In the pan, combine the peppers, oil, tomatoes, garlic, and basil; mix well. Bake at 475F for about 30 minutes, or until the peppers have begun to brown a bit. Stir halfway through. When done, allow to cool on the countertop.

2. Once the peppers have cooled, set aside six to eight strips for use on the pizza; slice them into bite-sized pieces if necessary. Pour the remaining pepper-tomato mix into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add the salt and pepper and crushed red pepper (if desired) and continue to blend. Sample the sauce and add any extra spices to taste. Set aside.

(If it’s more convenient, you can make the sauce up to a day or two in advance. Simply transfer the sauce and peppers to separate airtight containers and refrigerate until ready for use.)

3. Several hours prior to making the pizza, prepare the dough. In a large bowl, combine the sugar, yeast, lemon juice, and water; mix until completely blended. Add the salt, optional lemon zest, and olive oil and mix well. Add the flour in stages (about 1/2 cup at a time) and mix until the flour forms into dough. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough by hand and shape into a ball. Cover loosely with a towel and leave the dough to rise, anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

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

5. 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.

6. Next, add your toppings. Start with the roasted red pepper sauce, followed by the sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, black and Kalamata olives, mozzarella and/or feta cheese, and finally the tomatoes. Finish off with a little more cheese to bind everything together, and top with bit of parsley to taste.

Pro tip: if you have any leftover sauce, save it for use on a “personal” pita or French bread pizza, or put it on a bowl of pasta as intended. You can freeze it for longer storage.

7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas. Enjoy with a spinach salad. Sike! Pizza is its own vegetable.

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2013-03-30

March 30th, 2013 12:41 pm by Kelly


NY Pizza Suprema is now selling vegan slices

Daiya cheese pizza at New York Pizza Suprema!
CC image via flickr user nicksherman.

 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Tweak

March 29th, 2013 11:07 am by Kelly


I can has belly rubs neow?
Photos courtesy of I Am Ferret.

 

Because ferrets need homes too!

Little Tweak here is currently staying with I Am Ferret. I don’t know if they’re a newish rescue, or if I’ve just managed to miss their previous listings, but this is the first time I’ve found one of their little guys on Petfinder. Tweak is adorable if you happen to like pink noses and little feetsies – and really, who doesn’t? He’s one of three ferrets currently staying with I Am Ferret; perhaps you’d like to adopt a friend for him too?

 

Tweak
Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Liberty, MO
Extra Large • Adult • Male

Tweak is a young adult ferret, age unknown. Very playful and extra cuddly. Good for a single or multiple ferret home. Cages alone but plays well with other ferrets. Seems to be fine with cats and kids. Very healthy.

To begin the adoption process, please complete our Adoption Application on the I Am Ferret Website.

More about Tweak
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: Blue or Gray • Coat length: Short

 

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2013-03-23

March 23rd, 2013 12:44 pm by Kelly


Vegan dinner

Vegan pizza: it’s what’s for dinner.
CC image via flickr user teedle.

 

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Zoosy

March 22nd, 2013 11:36 am by Kelly


Zoosy, why you so cutesy?
Photos courtesy of Hard Luck Hounds.

 

Zoosy is a special dog for a special human. A gentle teddy bear of a boy, he needs someone who can keep a close eye on him due to an ongoing medical situation. He’s had issues with bladder stones in the past and his urethra was enlarged so that he could pass them, but he needs a low-protein diet and a little extra TLC. Don’t worry though, this guy is totally worth it!

 

ZOOSY
English Bulldog: An adoptable dog in Grandview, MO
Large • Adult • Male

Zoosy is a truly wonderful dog. He is blessed with a gentle, loving and carefree personality. He knows how to work the room and is always ready to play. He does love to wrestle and hopes his new owner isn’t afraid of a little slobber.

Zoosy has a rare medical problem but one that is more commonly seen in male Bulldogs. He makes cysteine stones in his bladder and those small stones were traveling through his urinary tract and causing an obstruction. When he came into our program he was unable to urinate freely and needed urgent medical attention. We performed a surgical procedure that eliminated the risk of obstruction. After a scrotal urethrostomy he has a larger opening to urinate out of, allowing the small stones to pass out easily. He has an opening to urinate much like a female dog would and is in the same general location as a female dog. His urethrostomy site is completely healed and he is doing great.

Zoosy is on a low protein prescription diet (u/d) due to the stone formation. He may be more prone to developing urinary tract infections and will need ongoing medical care if that is the case. He has an elongated soft palate as do the majority of Bulldog’s but this is not causing any problems at this time. He has a slight entropion of the right lower eyelid and will need ongoing monitoring of this problem. It is a common finding of bracycephalic breeds and may need medical or surgical care in the future.

Zoosy will need an attentive owner that is able to provide ongoing and possibly aggressive medical care. He is very healthy right now and should have a normal life span. He is vaccinated and tested heartworm negative. He is very good about keeping his kennel clean and should easily transition to a home environment.

His adoption fee is $600. Please inquire via email ONLY so we can manage the incoming applications in a timely manner. An application can be found at www.grandviewvet.com under the Hard Luck Hounds tab. Email completed applications to hardluckhounds@gmail.com.

You can access an application for adoption at www.grandviewvet.com under the Hard Luck Hounds tab. Prior to adoption all Hard Luck Hounds dogs are:
Spayed or neutered
Heartworm tested
Vaccinated
Treated for intestinal parasites
Micro-chipped

Adopting your new best friend is always better than shopping for one!

More about ZOOSY
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Special Needs • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short

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