Monday, August 6, 2012

homemade vegetarian pizza

homemade pizza
Makes 2-3 Pizzas, depending on how thick you like the crust

Pizza Dough
2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)

½ cup brown sugar

2 ¼ cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C – tepid)
1.5 teaspoon salt
½ cup olive oil

5 – 6 cups all-purpose flour (2.5 whole wheat, the rest unbleached white)

  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and brown sugar in the water, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Stir the salt and oil into the yeast solution.
  • Mix in the flour: 2 1/2 cups of the white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, mix well, then continue to add flour until it's kneadable.
  • Turn dough out onto a clean, well floured surface, and continue to knead in more flour as needed, until the dough is no longer sticky.
  • Place the dough into a well-oiled bowl, and cover with a cloth.
  • Let the dough rise until double; this should take about 1 hour (but you can allow for 2-3 hours if you want to prepare the dough earlier in the day).
  • Punch down the dough, and form a tight ball. Allow the dough to relax for a minute before rolling out.

Don't use too much oil to line the bowl, it makes it difficult to handle the dough.

Pizza Sauce
If you have the time to make your own:
14.5 oz canned stewed tomatoes (with Italian seasoning)

1 - 6 oz can tomato paste

2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
Mix ingredients together, blend with immersion blender.

2 jars Newman’s Own Marinara

Pizza Toppings
1 – 2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 large onion, chopped (this is enough for only one pizza)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 C mushrooms (this is enough for only one pizza)
1/2 pepper of each of 2 kinds:  yellow, orange, green, and/or red pepper
2 pkgs Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese (split between 3 pizzas)
2 pkgs Kraft low-fat cheddar (split between 3 pizzas)

Add chopped onion to oil in a skillet. Cook on medium heat until onions are translucent. You can add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar after this step to caramelize the onions. Lower the heat a little and add the rest of your ingredients that need to be sauteed (peppers, mushrooms, etc).

Other Topping Ideas:

black olives, 
Boca Ground Veggie Crumbles
, Vegan Pepperoni (try LightLife)
banana peppers
            (I don't sautee' these, I buy them pickled in a jar and just place them on top)

1.  Preheat your oven to 450
2.  Roll dough out to fit your pizza pan. Having a good 
     pizza stone or pan does make all the difference.
3.  Next top with pizza sauce (either your own or store 
     bought variety)
4.  Add your preferred toppings. You can do all the pizzas 
    the same or mix it up.
5. Top with shredded Follow Your Heart mozzarella cheese.
6. Bake 12 – 15 minutes (when crust is brown and cheese is 
7. Let cool for 5 – 10 minutes before serving
8. Bon appetit!

homemade pizza w-cheese

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