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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Missing Pizza...
Date: January 7, 2008 at 8:03 pm PST

In Reply to: Missing Pizza... posted by Juste on January 6, 2008 at 5:21 pm:

Gotta think about pizza in a whole new way.

I don't care for the Follow Your Heart on pizza either, I actually don't use any commercial cheeses at all. But I have found that pizza can be wonderful if you think of it in a new way -- gourmet!

Here's a couple of tips:

Make your own crust, I find the quick pizza crust in Bryanna Grogan's 20 minutes to dinner quick, easy, and good. You don't have to let it rise, so it's very fast.

When you put sauce on pizza, don't use too much. I like best Bryanna's sauce, which is simply this: Simmer for 10 minutes cut up Roma tomatoes, seeded, with garlic and salt and pepper. You can put through a sieve if you like, but I like it with the tomatoes left chunky. (recipe from Nonna's Italian Kitchen by Bryanna Clark Grogan)

For toppings, try some new ones -- basil pesto is just too good to pass up, you can make a vegan pesto, there are lots of recipes. (Vegan with a Vengeance, mentioned below, has a great recipe for this) Pesto gives such a great flavor you won't miss cheese.

Use tofu ricotta. Simply mash tofu with dried basil, garlic powder, thyme, a little nutritional yeast. Spread blobs of that on the pizza.

Another topping that makes you forget cheese is roasted garlic. I have a little claypot garlic roaster I got at a thrift store, you can simply cut the top of a head of garlic off, drizzle olive oil over the top and put in the roaster and roast for 1 hour at 375. Or you can wrap in aluminum foil to roast. To remove the garlic, squeeze the cloves and the yummy garlic with squeeze out. Blob that on the pizza.

You can also, of course, add sauteed mushrooms, onions, peppers, also experiment with olives, I love kalamata olives although they're expensive.

On top of all this, drizzle a tablespoon or so of olive oil, to give the "mouth-feel" of pizza.

Bake your pizza at 500 for 10 or so minutes.

You can find a great recipe for a similar pizza in Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Moskowitz, she also has a couple of others that are excellent.

One more tip, if you can, get a pizza stone. Your pizza will come out perfectly browned and taste better on a real pizza stone.

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