Vegan Pizza

Baked pizza without cheese
Vegan pizza – yes without cheese – is that even possible?

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 wonderful spicy tomato sauce.

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? Dave 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?

Madonna biting into a vegan pizza
Madonna taped a segment for the “Lateshow with David Letterman” in a pizzeria next to the Ed Sullivan Theatre

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, my meals around my animal-based ingredients. For example, no cheese in the house, no butter or meat? 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 nice 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.

Baked pizza without cheese
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Vegan Pizza

Make pizza your bitch, and layer it up with vegetables galore!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Pizza, vegan, Vegetables
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings 1 pizza

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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
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1 comment

    • Elizabeth Hunter on 08/10/2019 at 13:33
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    5 stars
    I could not believe the feedback I received from the children. My guess, its the dough with the potato flour. After the meal, it literately took 5min a pizza (yes I made multiple) the crew did not feel “stuffed”. I am assuming not having the cheese on it. We all love the Hawaiian style so I had my youngest add small pineapple pieces. Looking forward to the next Friday night. I wonder when the kids realize that there is no cheese on it. Thanks for a great idea.

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