14. vegan deep dish pizza.

Vegan deep dish pizza sounds crazy right? Try more like CRAZY DELICIOUS. We burnt out on this a while back, but its been months, so I figured I’d give it another go. Man, did it hit the spot. The crust only needs to rise for 30 minutes, and it only bakes for about 15-20. Can totally be done on a weeknight if you wanted to.

Recipe is here: but here’s my modified version.

Dough:
1 tsp sugar
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/2 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp yellow cornmeal & flour (used to dust counter to roll out dough)

Pizza Filling
1 package Upton’s Naturals All Natural Italian Sausage
1 package mozzarella flavored Daiya
Baby spinach
your favorite pizza sauce
Directions

  1. In a separate bowl, combine water, sugar, and active dry yeast to activate yeast and let sit for at least 5 minutes.
  2. In a mixer, add the dry ingredients and mix on a low setting using a bread hook. When the yeast is ready, add it to the mixer with the olive oil. Let the dough form in the mixer until it forms a uniform ball and starts to climb the bread hook. (If you do not have a mixer, then combine the dry ingredients with the bowl of yeast, kneed until smooth.)
  3. Remove and let stand for at least half an hour or until it doubles in size.
  4. While waiting for the dough to rise, prepare the other ingredients.
  5. In a lightly oiled skillet, add the seitan and lightly brown. Prepare the toppings you want to include.
  6. Once the dough has risen, punch it down and then use the the cornmeal and flour to dust the counter. Form an even roll and cut in half. Lightly oil one half and place it in a zip lock bag in the freezer for another day.
  7. Roll or press out the dough into a circle that will fit in a round, 9 inch cooking pan (I used a spring form pan for this). Lightly oil the baking pan and lightly dust with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Place the dough in the pan so that it climbs up the sides to make a wall.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  9. Begin layering the ingredients. To keep it authentic, add the seitan sausage first, then the vegetable toppings.  Sprinkle a layer of vegan Parmesan cheese if you prefer. Add the daiya cheese. Sprinkle oregano and basil over the cheese for a little added flavor. Add the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove and add a layer of the sauce. Place in the oven again and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  11. Remove and let cool enough that you can handle and remove from pan. Place on a cutting board, slice, and serve.
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