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Recipe: Fluffy White Pizza Crust, DIY Vegan Styley

April 4th, 2011 11:36 am by Kelly


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Though we like to branch out and experiment with different types of flour and such, inevitably we come back to this particular pizza dough recipe. It’s pretty basic, but easy to liven up with extra spices and seasonings. In fact, both of our Vegan Pizza Day pies were variations on this theme (mine, tomato lover’s; Shane’s, red hot). Anyhow, it’s a recipe that’s never failed us – and we hope it’ll bring you good luck, too.

Hint: the longer you let the dough rise, the bigger and fluffier the crust. Yum!

 
Fluffy White Pizza Crust

Ingredients

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

Optional: spices to taste (e.g., cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, thyme, oregano, red pepper, tomato powder, chili powder, ground flax seeds, and/or nutritional yeast, to name a few)

Cornmeal or cooking spray with which to coat the pizza stone or pizza pan

The toppings of your choice: red sauce, nondairy cheese, vegan meats, nuts, seeds, fruits and/or veggies

 

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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. As the oven’s heating, 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.

4. When you’re done shaping the dough, add your toppings: sauce, veggies, “meat,” cheese, fruit, nuts, etc.

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

6. Get your nom on!

 

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Recipe: Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Pizza II (aka, Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Garbage Plate Pizza)

March 28th, 2011 12:21 pm by Kelly


So remember how last weekend Shane and I made a cheesy tater tot pizza, using this recipe for a tater tot casserole as a jumping-off point? And the result was nothing short of spectacular?

I mean, just look at it! Gorgeous, I say!
 

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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!
 

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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)

Ingredients

Dough

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

Pizza

2 cups soy milk, plain
3 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons flour, with extra to taste

cornmeal or cooking spray
olive oil

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)

 
Directions

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!
 

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Recipe: Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Pizza

March 22nd, 2011 3:44 pm by Kelly


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After the carb-fest that was our Bacon & Cheddar Double Potato Pizza (delicious, delicious carbs!), I knew my days of layering potatoes on bread* were FAR FROM OVER. By night’s end, in fact, I had devised at least twenty more ways to bake potatoes onto/into/over/under a pizza pie. And by twenty I mean three, but never you mind about that. I’m still thinking on it, kay.

Anywho, this next masterpiece was inspired by a certain Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole with Daiya recipe from one Snarky Vegan (my favorite kind of vegan, I tell you what). Shane made me this dish during last November’s veganmofo, and holy guacamole is it good! But such a downer, too. If I didn’t know better, I’d say there was tryptophan in the stuff.

Luckily, the pizza version isn’t quite as potent. And you know it’s healthy, ’cause it’s got mixed vegetables, yo! (White lies never hurt anyone, people! Just arteries.)

Instead of using the “white sauce” in the casserole, we went heavy on the cheese and also applied a thin layer of margarine directly to the unbaked dough, to help add a little moisture. This worked way better than the olive oil we used in the first incarnation of the potato pizza. But I bet the white sauce – maybe thickened up with a little extra flour? – would work well too. Next time, maybe?

 
Cheesy Vegan Tater Tot Pizza

 

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Ingredients

Dough

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

Pizza

cornmeal or cooking spray
olive oil

vegan margarine
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)

 
Directions

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

4. As the oven’s heating, 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. To begin, spread a thin layer of margarine onto the dough, taking care not to press too hard (if using a pizza stone, this could push your dough out beyond its bounds!). During cooking, the margarine will melt (duh!) and seep down into the top layer of the dough, both moistening the pizza (yay!) and weakening each slice’s integrity (boo! hiss! boo!) – so go easy on it, mkay? Two tablespoons should do the trick.

6. Spread a generous layer of cheddar cheese onto the pizza, 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!
 

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* Or, as Megan says,

I’m like, what’s up, carbs! You need a soft bed made of more carbs? Do the damn thing!

YOU DON’T NEED TO TELL ME TWICE, SISTER!

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Recipe: Veggie Lover’s Pizza With a Whole Wheat Flaxseed Crust

March 14th, 2011 12:48 pm by Kelly


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This weekend, Shane and I continued our now two-week streak of experimenting with new pizza recipes. (Woohoo us! Break out the vegan champagne, y’all, this calls for a celebration!) Anyhow, since I tend to be rather repetitive when it comes to toppings*, I decided to try out a veggie lover’s pizza for a change (albeit a minor change, but still!).

Cue: broccoli and cauliflower florets, diced carrots, sundried tomatoes and black olives. (Come summer, I’ll add homegrown green and yellow zucchini and grape tomatoes to the mix! Fresh mushrooms, too.) All on a whole wheat crust sprinkled with super-healthy ground flax seeds and sweetened with agave nectar.

Deeeee-licious!
 

Whole Wheat Flaxseed Pizza Crust (& a Veggie Lover’s Pizza!)
 

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Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons quick-rising yeast
2/3 cup very warm water
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons agave

cornmeal and/or cooking spray

the toppings of your choice

 
Directions

1. In a medium size bowl, combine both flours, as well as the ground flax seeds, yeast and salt. Mix well.

2. In a measuring cup, measure out the warm water. Stir in the olive oil and agave and pour this liquid onto the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly until the dough forms into a workable ball. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for several minutes, or until the dough is no longer sticky.

3. Place the ball of dough in a bowl and let rest, covered with a towel or cover, for at least 20 minutes (until the ball has doubled in size) or up to several hours.

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

5. As the oven’s heating, 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. Add your favorite (vegan!) toppings. For this Veggie Lover’s pizza, we used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Daiya cheese, broccoli and cauliflower florets (frozen since it’s still winter, but defrosted on the counter for four hours prior!), diced carrots and black olives, all held together with an extra dusting of Daiya on top. Don’t be shy with those veggies, people!

7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas (or until the crust is browned). Be sure to rotate racks at the halfway point!

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* What can I say? When I find something I like, I stick with it! Why hello CSI rerun, I know I’ve seen you eight times now, but what’s once more between friends? Sexual Politics of Meat reference, holla!

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Recipe: Crispy, Crunchy, Somewhat Buttery (& Totally Vegan!) Cornmeal Pizza Crust

March 8th, 2011 11:41 am by Kelly


Shane and I decided over the weekend to start a new culinary tradition: every Saturday, experiment with a new pizza recipe, whether it involves dough, sauce, spices, toppings, methodology, whathaveyou. It will be a difficult promise to keep, I know – not so much on the noming side so much as the planning – but hey, the things we do for you peeps!

Our first foray into the unknown remained on the, um, cautiously safe / slightly lazy side, to wit: a crispy, crunchy cornmeal pizza crust from about.com. Not quite thin, but also not nearly as thick as our standard white crust, this pie was a nice change of pace. The cornmeal lends a rich, somewhat buttery taste to the crust, and the added texture complements the toppings deliciously. I will most definitely be adding this recipe to our regular lineup!

If you’d like a thin(ner) crust, you could divvy this recipe up to make two pizzas – maybe two medium-sized pies, or perhaps a large or medium pie and a smaller, “personal pan” portion.

 
Crispy, Crunchy, Somewhat Buttery (& Totally Vegan!) Cornmeal Pizza Crust

(Based on this recipe from vegetarian.about.com.)
 

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Cheesy vegan pizza and feminist Bitch-in’?
Throw in Resident Evil: Afterlife, and we’ve got one hot Saturday night date!


 
Ingredients

1/2 cup warm water
1 1/4 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 3/4 to 3 1/4 cups flour, divided
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Directions

1. In a medium size bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, cornmeal and 1 1/4 cups flour. Mix thoroughly and let sit for five minutes.

2. Add the oil, salt and enough flour to form a workable ball. Knead, adding flour as needed, for about three to five minutes or until the dough is no longer sticky.

3. Place the ball of dough in a bowl and let rest, covered with a towel or cover, for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour. You can also make the dough in advance and store it, covered in the fridge, all day.

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

5. As the oven’s heating, 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. Add your favorite (vegan!) toppings: red sauce, cheesy mashed potatoes, fruit, veggies, spices, nondairy cheese, cruelty-free “meats,” and the like.

(We used red sauce, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella Daiya cheese, black olives and Lightlife Smart Pepperoni, layered in that order, with an extra dusting of cheese on top to bind all the toppings together.)

7. Bake at 425 degrees, for between 15 and 20 minutes for a single pizza, or 30 minutes for two pizzas (or until the crust is browned). Be sure to rotate racks at the halfway point!

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