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Recipe: Cheddar Cheesy Hash Brown Pizza

January 4th, 2012 12:29 pm by Kelly


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Hash browns, breakfast links, and cheddar cheese – talk about your breakfast pizzas, people! This one wins ALL THE AWARDS! But wait. Let’s start at the start, shall we?

For my first attempt at a vegan hash brown pizza, I took a rather simple approach, layering cheddar Daiya cheese with a skillet full of cooked hash brown potatoes and vegan breakfast links, followed by another sprinkling of cheddar cheese for good (read: gluttonous) measure. While tasty, the finished result was a little on the dry side for me. I like my pizza saucy and cheesy, yo!

So for my second go-round, I decided to use a cheese sauce (as opposed to fresh-from-the-bag cheese shreds) for a little extra moisture. And huzzah, was it a success! A hot, melty, cheesy, oozy, gooey success! The cheese sauce – a mix of Daiya and Follow Your Heart cheeses – is the same concoction we use in our vegan mac & cheese (and, incidentally, our vegan mac & cheese pizzas) … so this should give you some idea of how super-shiny this pizza really is! It’s like a mac & cheese pizza, but with potatoes in place of pasta! My trend of layering carbs on top of carbs and serving them sides of extra carbs continues, muahaha!

Seriously though, this is one of my favorites yet, third only to the Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot / Garbage Plate Pizzas and the Vegan Bacon & Cheddar Double Potato Pizza. THAT GOOD, IT IS!

Anyway, enough talk. More pizza!

 
Cheddar Cheesy Hash Brown Pizza

 

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Ingredients

…for a Fluffy White Pizza Crust

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

…for the hash browns

3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
6 cups frozen hash browns or grated potatoes
salt and/or pepper to taste

…for the cheddar cheese sauce

1 cup Follow Your Heart cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese, shredded
4 tablespoons margarine
12 oz plain soy milk

…misc.

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 package (six links) Lightlife Smart Links Breakfast Sausage (or similar)

Cooking spray (e.g. Pam) or cornmeal

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Posted: 01/4/12 at 12:29 pm. Filed under: Food & Recipes.
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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-12-31

December 31st, 2011 7:00 am by admin


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Onion roll pizzas! Gotta love vegan pizza in ten minutes or less!

The last link roundup of 2011! Happy New Year, everyone!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Daphne

December 30th, 2011 10:59 am by Kelly


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Daphne!
Photo courtesy of C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue-Springfield.


 

Since this is the last Find-a-Friend Friday of the year, I decided to go big! Big like a farmed pig! Unfortunately, I had to head all the way over to Springfield, Missouri to find such a nonhuman in need of a home. (I’m guessing that most pigs ’round these parts end up in an abattoir. Cue sad face.) Daphne here is a baby pig who still has a lot of growing to do – but she’ll be a big girl when all is said and done. She enjoys her nomz and reportedly does a cute mealtime jig, much like my little dog friend Rennie. She walks well on a harness and leash, enjoys having her tummy rubbed, and likes to play ball – again, much like a dog. Here’s Castaway Animal Rescue Effort with more:

 

Daphne
Pig (Farm): An adoptable pig (farm) in Springfield, MO
Large • Young • Female

Kiss a pig? My name is Daphne and I am a real people pig, looking for someone to love! Truly, I’m a pig with a lot of heart. If you have a big heart too, lets get together. I like long walks on my leash and belly rubs. My hobbies are playing with my blue bouncy ball and soaking in a nice cool pool of water. Yummy treats make me talk and beg. I will follow you anyplace. I do enjoy a fine meal, it is a little embarrassing but I get so excited at meal time that I run around and act silly, jumping and twisting, but what do you expect I am a pig after all. If you are wondering about farm pigs, yes we can be loving pets if you have the room. I want a forever home with someone who thinks outside the box and can see me for the sweet heart that I am. I am just a baby now but I will get big and will need a home with plenty of room for me to grow.

Daphne is at the CARE sanctuary and is available for adoption. If you have any questions about her or are interested in meeting her please email us at: yokosw@aol.com

 

Pigs are intelligent creatures and make lovely companions, assuming you have the room. If so, please consider welcoming this shiny little soul into your home. She’s every bit as deserving as a cat or dog, dontchaknow!

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Recipe: Extra-Easy Vegan Bisquick Cheese Pizza

December 29th, 2011 4:59 pm by Kelly


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Aside from using store-bought bread, this Bisquick pizza crust is about as easy as it gets! Because it doesn’t contain any yeast, you don’t need to let the dough rise at all. (Pizza in a pinch, anyone?!?) It also makes for a pretty foolproof thin crust recipe – what you see is what you get!

Taste-wise, a Bisquick crust is a bit different from a more traditional, yeast-based concoction. When cooked, the crust has a flaky texture, similar to a biscuit (if a little denser). Though the original recipe doesn’t call for it, I added a teaspoon of garlic powder, hoping to mimic the taste of these Cheddar Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (also Bisquick-based) I made for veganmofo. The garlic powder helped, but more spices would definitely be a plus! Maybe next time I’ll try oregano and parsley as well? Of course, you can’t go wrong with a cheesy, cheddar Daiya-laced crust either. Decisions, decisions!

Quick and yummy, and super-useful for those nights when you’re craving pizza but are in too of much of a hurry to make a proper dough. Definitely a keeper!

 

Extra-Easy Vegan Bisquick Cheese Pizza

(Based on this recipe from Betty Crocker.)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Bisquick mix
1/3 cup very hot water + extra as needed
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

The toppings of your choice; we used:
Red sauce
A 50/50 blend of Follow Your Heart and Daiya mozzarella cheeses
Oregano

Cooking spray (e.g. Pam) or cornmeal

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a 12- to 14-inch pizza pan, or lightly coat a similarly sized pizza stone with cornmeal. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the Bisquick, garlic powder, and hot water and mix well, until a soft dough forms.

2. Press the dough into the pizza pan, using your hands to pat it down evenly. If using a pizza stone, roll the dough out using a rolling pin; add a dash of flour to prevent it from sticking.

3. Add your toppings and bake at 450 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese, hot and bubbly. Serve warm!

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-12-24

December 24th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


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I ate that pizza. I ATE THAT PIZZA GOOD!

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