Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Personalized Pizza Party

Last Sunday was another Vegan Family Dinner.  This time the theme was, pizza.  After much thought on how to best do this, I settled on stove top personal pizzas.  

I made Pesto Sauce and Pizza Sauce for the bases and sauteed some mushrooms, caramelized a couple sweet onions, and sliced up some grape tomatoes and pitted kalamata olives to use as toppings.

For the dough, I made the easiest recipe ever!
 Pizza Dough
Makes 4 pizza rounds

What you need:
1 cup semolina flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup hot water

What you do: 
Toss all the ingredients into the food processor and run until the dough comes together and forms a ball.  Take that bad boy out of the food processor and cover tightly.  Pop it in the fridge and let sit for at least 15 minutes.

When you are ready to cook it, split the dough into 4 equal sized balls, dust with flour and roll each piece out into a VERY thin circle.  It should be "cracker" thin.
This is the way I roll dough.
Leia working it out!
Meanwhile, heat up your cast iron skillet and spray it with olive oil.  When you have one ready, throw it in the skillet and let it cook until it begins to bubble. Then flip it over and let it cook until it's lightly browned. 

After the crust is ready slap on your sauce or pesto, add your ingredients and don't forget your Daiya Mozzarella-Style Shreds.  These melt beautifully and taste delicious.

Once you've got your pie the way you like it, put it back in the cast iron skillet with the lid on, or put it in your broiler for a few minutes.

That's it!  Then you have perfect and tasty vegan pizza!

We had a blast making pizza together! 

Wine spilling catastrophe...

 Gerard was pretty silly!

He liked it!

 After dinner was over we played a game of Apples to Apples and ate Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache for dessert.  

Over all the dinner was successful, but I was wishing that we had a delicious salad to go along with the pizzas.  We will have to try this again, but next time I will be sure that there are a few additional dishes to sample. Hooray for vegan pizza night!  What a fantastic time!