Vegan pizza is actually a thing folks! That’s right – pizza without cheese and without meat. Is that even possible? Yes indeed. This pizza is loaded with ample amounts of vegetables over a flavorful yet spicy, tomato sauce. From leeks to zucchini. Mushrooms to arugula, to maybe a sprinkle of vegan cheese. Really, any creative combination of vegetables will please your culinary voyage into the world of vegan pizza.
Madonna and vegan pizza, 2009!
A former Madonna fan, there wasn’t much I would miss about her habits, diet, and lifestyle. Yes, I’m a reformed fan today, thankfully, but I still remember pondering the thought back in 2009, (when I watched Madonna on David Letterman), how the hell she could have pizza with out cheese? Letterman loves pizza however, and insisted for some reason they go for a slice of N.Y. pizza after the show. Madonna’s only 2 requests were: pizza without cheese or meat, and a martini. “How boring”, I thought. Who the hell eats pizza without cheese?
It’s easier than teaching an old dog new tricks!
Turns out, I do. Now, nearly a decade later, I’m biting into the same thing. As you can probably guess by now, I’m a newly converted vegan. I used to arrange my life and my meals around my animal-based ingredients. To this day, I cannot offer an explanation for my actions, and my extremely limited views. But it took going ‘vegan’ to discover that vegan cheese-free pizza is not only a thing, but it’s a damn good satisfying thing, and the world needs to hear about it.
Something that you might not miss after eating a delicious vegan pizza is the over-bloated feeling you experience when the cheese is trying desperately to digest in your intestines. Eating a vegan pizza is by no means light, but due to the fact that it’s just loaded with vegetables, it takes away that awful feeling of a long tiresome digestion period.
My reach today is now for zucchini, eggplant, arugula, basil, tomato’s, garlic, and a wonderful spicy tomato sauce or pesto base, coupled with an amazing crust- and I’m betting you’ll follow my lead here.
For the dough
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup potato flour or use a cooked, mashed potato
- 1 TBS sugar for yeast mixture
- 20 grams yeast fresh, or 1 packet dry yeast
- 1-2 cups warm water or until dough achieves the proper texture
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 1 pinch salt
For the sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 swig olive oil
For the toppings
- 1 whole zucchini sliced
- 1 whole eggplant sliced thin
- 1-2 handful mushrooms sliced
- 1-2 large peppers sliced
For the Dough
- combine the ingredients and mix well by hand or with mixer until dough is soft and pliable. Cover and set aside for the rising which will be about 1-2 hours. When risen, work dough with your hands to form a nice circle, which is the base for your pizza
for the sauce
- combine the ingredients into a vitamix or blender, blend up, then set aside. If you have basil on hand and wish to make a pesto base, follow a pesto recipe or just add a handful of basil leaves, garlic, a bit of olive oil, and mix up.
For the toppings
- get your toppings all chopped ahead of time, and set aside. This makes assembly easy.
- once the dough is spread, add a dab of olive oil, and sauce, and spread out evenly.
- now, layer your veg.
- cook at 200 Celsius on the top/bottom setting on the oven, until pizza is nearly baked. Then turn setting to convection for the last 5 minutes.
- take out, slice and serve
- here's another variation…create any veg/vegan cheese combo you desire. Their all delicious!