Friday, January 26, 2007

Vegan Pizza!

Tonight I made some vegan pizza... which I don't do often. It was fun.

I was in a bit of a mood, and when I looked in the book and saw that pizza dough would take about 1.5 hours to rise... I decided to go to Trader Joe's and try their pre-made dough. You just roll it out and make your pizza. I've heard good things about it, and tonight was the night to try it.

For the topping I used a little tomato sauce, then I made some tofu topping. The tofu topping went like this: saute a few sliced garlic cloves with about 1/4 c chopped fresh basil, some red pepper flakes, and about 1/2 tsp dried thyme. Then I pureed that in the food processor with some rice vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and crumbled tofu. YUM!

Then I slowly cooked up some sliced mushrooms and red onions with spinach and beet greens.

All together, it was a really great flavor combo. We both really loved it. I would only change it by adding a little bit more tomato sauce. The biggest problem was that the crust got stuck to my pizza stone. Luckily that was only on part of the pizza. I think I didn't use the pizza stone right - I didn't preheat it, and also I forgot to put cornmeal down on it. Ooops!

Also, check out this this neat "make-a-plate" that my nephew Christopher made and gave to us!! He made a few at our annual holiday craft party, and then - when we got the plates back - he was so sweet, and gave one to each of us. It's my new favorite plate! In case you can't tell, it's a depiction of 4 elves having a snowball fight, with a bird and a rabbit watching. One of the elves is saying "ha ha, gotcha!" It's so cute.

8 comments:

  1. Yum! I haven't made pizza in quite a while but now you've got me thinking about it. I've never tried the TJ's pizza dough but maybe I'll check it out next time we're there.

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  2. That plate is so darling. And the pizza ain't half-bad either! Can I whine about how much I miss Trader Joe's now?

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  3. I LOVE TJ's pizza dough! Your pizza looks mighty fine!

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  4. Hi Chris,
    The TJ's dough was good - they have whole wheat and normal (refined). I had to get the normal one, for fear of resistance from Musty, but I think the whole wheat one would also be neat to check out!

    Hi Bazu,
    You gotta find yourself a TJ somehwere nearby! I just found out that Whole Foods is planning to build their biggest store ever about 40 minutes from my house, I can't wait to check it out!

    Hi Brooke,
    That dough sure made "homemade" pizza a lot easier! :)

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  5. Nice job on the vegan pizza!! Looks great! (ooh, I love TJ's!!)

    I had the same problem with my pizza stone recently because I didn't pre-heat it and also I had run out of corn meal! The corn meal makes it perfect. :)

    What an adorable little plate!!

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  6. Yum-yum! that pizza with greens looks delightful, not sure if I could get russell to go for it, though.

    I totally know what you mean about being in "a bit of a mood" lol!

    I love that plate. Your nephew must be a character!

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  7. The pizza looks great! Awww, that's so sweet your nephew gave you a custom plate! So cute!

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  8. I used to love TJ's pizza dough. We would eat it at least once a week. It's so easy. Great topping combination there.

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