After finally giving nutritional yeast cheese a try, Shane is hooked on the stuff! Every time we make pizza from scratch he cooks up a pot, with plenty left over for pita pizzas and vegan chicken sammies throughout the week. Now he’s experimenting with new flavors. Case in point: this chili nooch cheese, which is a bit spicier than its garlicky counterpart. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Chili “Nooch” Cheese Pizza
…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 Nutritional Yeast Cheese Sauce
2 cups water
2 cups nutritional yeast
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chili spice blend (e.g., McCormick Spice Blends, Santa Fe style)
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoon canola oil
…for the pizza
Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan
The toppings of your choice: red sauce, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies
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. As the oven’s heating, make the nutritional yeast sauce: combine all but the last two ingredients (4 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons canola oil) in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a small saucepan and heat on medium until the sauce starts to thicken. Continue to stir constantly. Once it starts bubbling, let it go for 30 seconds, and then remove from the heat. Add the rest of the water and the canola oil and whisk well. Set aside.
4. Assemble the pizza! 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.
5. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: start with the red sauce, followed by the nooch cheese and any other toppings you want. Set any extra nutritional yeast cheese aside for dipping.
6. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 to 40 minutes for two pizzas. Enjoy warm!