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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…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


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

Cooking spray (e.g. Pam) or cornmeal