A Day Off = Grilled Pizza!

This has been a great week. I am really enjoying work (I pretty much get to talk to people all day), I just spent 2 1/2 fantastic hours at a Whole Foods cooking class (where I met some amazing people… more on that later), and I have been enjoying delicious, healthy meals with the newest roommate in my long history of housemates.

This past Sunday I had the day off, so I felt it was time to make some vegan pizza. But wait! Let us take it a step further: Grilled Vegan Pizza. With homemade vegan sausage. And homemade cheese sauce. And… okay, that’s all.

I first made the dough using a whole wheat crust found here (note: I subbed the white flour for wheat). I lightly grilled it and set it aside. Next it was time for the toppings.

I had made homade veggie sausages a few days prior for a Fourth of July hot dog bonanza (we’re All-America over here!) and used those for one of the toppings. I simply crumbled them up and sauteed them on the stove to give them a nice ‘n’ toasty look and taste.

Next, I (and Caleb… he helped too!) grilled some zucchini and onions and set them aside.

Now for the sauces.

I was lazy and just used the rest of my canned marinara, but I used this recipe from a VegWeb submitter for Cashew “Cheese” Sauce:

Ingredients

2 cup soy milk (I actually used coconut)
4 oz. pimento (I used 2 tsp of Miso paste in favor of these)
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
3-4 tablespoon yeast flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Pulse the cashews in a food processor until finely grated, then add additional ingredients. Process until completely mixed and smooth in consistency. Pour the mixture into a sauce pot and heat on low/med until it thickens and begins sticking to the spoon.

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To assemble, the entire masterpiece, Caleb and I just took the marinara, coated the crust (while on the grill), and layered on fresh basil, veggie sausage, zucchini, onions, and topped it off with the “cheese” sauce. We let it grill for about 10 minutes or so (it may have been a little crispy, but I kind of like that, so it was okay), and then dug in!  To top it off, we also grilled some fresh peaches. Not bad for a sunny Sunday evening.

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8 July 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Food and Recipes.

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