Vegan Pizza with Homemade Crust

Vegan Pizza
Vegan Pizza

Here is a vegan pizza recipe as promised. I love homemade vegan pizza, really love it. This crust is the best and anything you put on it will be delicious! The crust is easy, versatile, and tender. The addition of Italian seasoning, while simple, really takes the crust to the next level. If you have fresh herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary) add those instead! I use this crust for pizza, calzones, pizza burritos, and for a yummy garlic butter breadstick recipe that I’ll think about sharing.

I have been without cheese long enough that the vegan cheese tastes exactly how it is supposed to and I miss nothing about “real” pizza. With that said, my husband uses real cheese on his pizza and sometimes pepperoni! We each make our own and end up happy as can be.

This recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes.

Makes 2 10-12-inch pizzas

 Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (105°F-115°F)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3-4 1/2 cups flour (I use a mixture of whatever I have on hand; whole wheat, bread flour, white flour, I have even used a few cups of Buckwheat flour mixed with wheat flour with success.)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 TBL Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBL olive oil
  • Pizza sauce of choice, as much as you like
  • Vegan Cheese, as much as you like (I use Daiya mozzarella)
  • Toppings of choice (onions, peppers, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, olives…)

Instructions

  1. Stir the sugar into the warm water in the large bowl of a heavy duty stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. After 5 minutes stir if the yeast hasn’t dissolved completely. The yeast should begin to foam, which indicates that it is still active and alive.
  2. Using the mixing paddle attachment, mix in 3 cups of flour, salt, and Italian seasoning on low speed for a minute.
  3. Replace the mixing paddle with the dough hook attachment.
  4. Knead the pizza dough on low to medium speed using the dough hook and adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Make sure to let the dough continue to mix until all the flour in incorporated before adding more flour.
  5. If you don’t have a mixer, you can mix the ingredients together and knead them by hand.
  6. Once the dough is smooth and elastic drizzle the olive oil over the dough turning it to coat all the dough with a thin layer.
  7. Cover the dough (I use a damp kitchen towel) and let sit in a warm place until it doubles in size, at least 1 hour. You can let it sit for several hours if you want. You can also put it in the refrigerator for another day before rising, and let it rise the day you are using it.

Preparing the Pizza 

  1. Once the dough has risen preheat your oven to 400.
  2. Divide the pizza dough into as many pieces as you are making pizzas. We usually do two large with this recipe.
  3. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness, we do about 1/4″ thick and try to make them fairly round.
  4. Put the dough in the pan of your choice; I use a pizza stone for one and my biggest cast iron skillet for the other.
  5. Spoon pizza sauce onto crust and spread out in a thin layer.
  6. Add the cheese and toppings of choice.
  7. Back in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust golden brown.
  8. Consume as soon as it has cooled to a safe temperature.
Vegan Pizza
Vegan Pizza
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Pizza Burrito

Pizza Burrito
Pizza Burrito

You heard me, Pizza Burrito. Two of my favorite things join hands in this delicious combination to bring you a tangy, spicy, salty, cheesy, creamy, crunchy, soul satisfying bite. This dish was born on the drive home from a weekend climbing trip as my husband and I discussed what we should have for dinner. His go-to is pizza, and mine is burritos. We compromised/brought both our favorites to the next level.

There are two ways to go about pizza burrito making, and both are amazing. 1) make a tortilla pizza and add burrito filling, or 2) make a calzone filled with both pizza and burrito fillings. I like the calzone version better, but the tortilla version is a little less work.

I realized as I wrote this recipe I have never posted about pizza, pizza dough, or guacamole! . I’m sorry. I will rectify my oversight soon.

 Ingredients
  • Pizza sauce
  • Tortillas or Pizza Dough
  • Leftover refried beans, or canned
  • Vegan or regular mozzarella cheese
  • Soyrizo or other fake taco meat
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce

Instructions

Tortilla Version

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place tortillas (1 per person) flat on a baking sheet and spread pizza sauce in a thin layer on tortilla topping with cheese.
  3. Bake tortilla pizza in hot oven for 10-12 minute until cheese is melted and tortilla is starting to brown.
  4. While tortilla pizza is baking heat beans and taco meat until warmed through.
  5. When tortilla pizzas are done top with beans and taco meat, roll up, and cover with guacamole and hot sauce.

Calzone Version 

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Roll out pizza dough into an oval about 1/4″ thick (1 oval per person).
  3. Spread pizza sauce over half the oval and top with cheese, heated beans, and heated taco meat.
  4. Fold the naked half of the pizza dough over the topping and pinch the edges together to keep the filling inside.
  5. Bake in hot oven until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Finish with guacamole and hot sauce and be careful because the filling is HOT!!
 Ingredients
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 5-8 dried chile de arbol
  • 1/4 no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 TBL minced onion
  • 1 TBL white wine vinegar
  • 1 TBL white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 TBL chopped fresh tomato
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Once oil is hot add the chile de arbol and cook until browned and fragrant.
  3. Place chiles and the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning to you preference.

Vegan Pesto Patty Pizza Quesadilla

Vegan Pesto Patty Pizza Quesadilla
Vegan Pest Patty Pizza Quesadilla

Ok, this has a long name, but it is descriptive. This takes a tortilla, adds pizza sauce and vegan cheese, then the pesto patty, fold it up and it is a little pizza, a little quesadilla, and some good protein and yum from the pesto patty. This is of course a way to use up the pesto patties you made last night since you have already consumed any leftover roasted eggplant. You can’t resist cold leftover eggplant can you? Me either. But that is not what this post is about. This post is about a meted cheesy, soul satisfying, delicious, vegan treat.

Vegan Pest Patty Pizza Quesadilla

Ingredients

  • Leftover pesto patty
  • 1 tortilla
  • 3 TBL or so Pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup or so Vegan mozzarella cheese (I only use Daiya brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Put tortilla on a baking sheet, spread pizza sauce evenly over tortilla, sprinkle with desired amount of cheese.
  3. Place the leftover pesto patty next to the tortilla pizza on the pan and cook everything in the preheated oven until the tortilla starts to brown and the cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove everything from the oven.
  5. Break the pesto patty into pieces over half the tortilla pizza, fold tortilla in half over the patty and eat while reveling in the glory of a melty, satisfying, cheesy, pizza-like goodness that is still practically a health food.