Let’s talk about an all-time favorite: Pizza! 🍕🌿 It’s usually a go-to for many, but reinventing it with a plant-based angle? Now, that’s a challenge! Traditional pizzas? They might taste great in the moment but maybe you want to try something different. Here is how to create something special at home.
- Store bought dough (you can make your own or use naan bread for a quick option)
- 1 cup baked kabocha squash or pumpkin puree (can is ok, but cooked whole is better)
- Your choice of toppings in this one, I have added watermelon radish, kale, peppers, mini-tomatoes, olives, leeks, broccoli, thyme.
- Plant-based cheese – you can omit this, but we enjoy it with it
- Olive oil
- Fresh herbs/thyme
- Fresh arugula
The video below will explain this best.
- Let the dough proof for about 4 hours in a covered bowl
- Preheat your oven to 500F
- Prepare a pizza pan with some cornmeal or parchment
- After the dough has had time to “proof,” begin by flouring your surface and hands and shaping the pizza into your desired shape. Massage the dough into a full circle, the shape of your pan to the thickness you like. My preference is thin crust.
- Before this, you would have placed a whole squash (butternut, pumpkin, kabocha) into the oven for about 30 min at 375F. Let it rest for 15 minutes or until cool to the touch, and remove the “insides” to use for multiple dishes.
- Depending on your preference, you can mix this with a bit of miso. The combination provides a great texture and taste.
- Take about 1 cup of the squash mixture and place that in concentric circles around the dough all the way to the edges.
- Begin adding your other toppings, though be careful not to add too many to the middle as that can make the pizza soggy from the moisture of the vegetables as you cook.
- Finish this with your favorite vegan mozzarella cheese (or not)>
- Place into the preheated oven and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until it looks done to you
- When it is cooked to your preference, remove from oven and top with fresh herbs, diced nuts, arugula and drizzle of olive oil
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 20 mintues