Vegetarian Pizza

Total Time:
2 hr 50 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
1 large (18-inch) pizza
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 16 ounces dairy-free vegan cheese
  • Cornmeal, for dusting
  • Whole-Wheat Crust, recipe follows
  • 1 jar pizza sauce (recommended: Muir Glen Organic Sauce)
  • 3 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 orange bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into large chunks
  • 2 medium red onions, cut into large chunks
  • 4 portobello mushroom caps, cut into large chunks
  • Whole-Wheat Crust:
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the cheese into large chunks that will fit in the shredder attachment of a food processor. Shred the cheese in the processor. Sprinkle cornmeal on a clean surface and roll out the dough until it is approximately 1/2-inch thick (should be about an 18-inch circle). Transfer dough to a pizza stone or rimless pan large enough to hold it.

Spread the sauce over the surface of the crust, leaving approximately 1/2-inch of crust around the edge. Sprinkle the cut vegetables on top of the sauce and then sprinkle the cheese over the veggies.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot.

Whole-Wheat Crust:

Sift the flours together in a medium sized bowl. Place the yeast in a separate bowl and pour the warm water over it; let stand for about 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, mixing for approximately 5 minutes. Set the dough aside to rise for approximately 2 hours.

Once the dough has risen, roll out the dough to a circle that is approximately 1/2-inch thick and about 18 inches in diameter.

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    It says "vegetarian" not "vegan" guys... stop being so picky
    To some of the commenters, you might have missed part of the recipe headline----"Vegetarian" Pizza, not "Vegan" Pizza. To make the pizza crust vegan, just substitute honey with agave nectar (1 measure if you prefer a light sweetness, or twice the measurement if you prefer the agave nectar's sweetness to be quite identical to honey's). I hope this helps. :)
    Um, it's not "whole-wheat crust" if it's two parts white processed flour to one part whole wheat.
    @jeniganz: I took a look at the ingredient list for the pizza crust. It said "2 cups 'unbleached' all-purpose flour". In grocery stores in my area, you only get to choose between unbleached flour and bleached flour for the white flour choice. There have been some health food stores here that have tapioca flour, chickpea flour, etc., for some vegans who wanted to try these varieties. Did you think "unbleached flour" meant "processed flour"?
    With all do respect, from one vegan to another, this recipe is vegetarian, NOT vegan.......honey is ok by most vegetarian's standards!
    honey....
     wasn't vegan
     isn't vegan
     won't BE vegan, a long as it comes from an animal source (bees)
     i appreciate you trying to incorporate some vegan recipes in your site, but the small collection is weak at best. i say this not to be rude, but i have been a vegetarian since i was 11 years old, a vegan since i was 15, and am now the crotchety old age of 25 :) but through my journey and through these years, i have encountered some of THE most scrumptious foods i have ever tasted. from the incredibly simple to the most decadent gourmet, vegan foods never cease to surprise me. so step it up, food network. we're not all cubed plain tofu and "i can't believe it's not cheese". look outside the box (or into your google world) and you'll be pleasantly, if not overwhelmingly, surprised at your finds. thank you for your time
     katie
    You might have missed part of the recipe headline----"Vegetarian" Pizza, not "Vegan" Pizza. To make the pizza crust vegan, just substitute honey with agave nectar (1 measure if you prefer a light sweetness, or twice the measurement if you prefer the agave nectar's sweetness to be quite identical to honey's). I hope this helps. :)
    sounds like a great recipe, but why would you bother going to the trouble & expense of using vegan cheese when the crust recipe has honey in it? sort of defeats the purpose IMHO.
    t was like a explosion in my mouth . this is rare being a vegatarian
    This basic pizza dough recipe has been a main staple in my family's homemade pizza for the past two years. You can't go wrong with working on adding more wheat flour and less white flour and/or adding more and more honey... We've even experimented with different types of flavored honeys...
     
     Yum Yum Yum!!!!
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