Monday, July 5, 2010

Beachy Green Pesto Pizza. Classic Marinara, Too.

Today's guest is Kathy from Lunch Box Bunch. She's sharing her recipe for two delicious versions of vegan pizzas - her Beachy Green Pesto Pizza and a classic Marinara:


Sandy pizza is no fun, except when the "sand" is the crispy chewy cornmeal crust of my paradise-approved beach boardwalk pizzas.

Beach boardwalk pizza:
that greasy, cheesy not-so-healthy fare that tastes perfect on a sunny day, just got a lot healthier with my mini beach pizzas. You make them at home (sandy shore not included, sorry.) You have to try my Beachy Green Pesto Pizza. With a thick spicy lemon pesto sauce and thick slices of vegan mozzarella cheese. And for all the green-afraid out there, I've thrown in a classic tomato marinara and cheese too. Both pizzas are vegan. Recipes and photos ahead. So turn up that "ocean waves" track on your itunes and start flipping some pizza dough....


Why Pesto? I love using homemade pesto as a pizza sauce. And since it is thick and rich, it works perfect for this beach boardwalk pizza-not too light-and just flavorful enough. The pine nut pesto adds that rich taste you are craving as you lounge by the shore.

Now let's get to the recipe...

Beachy Green Pesto Pizza
vegan
makes 1 mini pizza, 6 "


1 cup pizza dough
*tennis ball sized, multi grain or whole wheat is healthier than white dough
4 Tbsp pesto sauce (recipe below)
5 strips vegan mozzarella cheese
*I like Follow Your Heart brand
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup corn meal
red pepper flakes
1 tsp pine nuts

*You can also use my cheesy walnut pesto recipe here (this one is a bit simpler)healthy
1/2 bunch basil
3/4 cup pine nuts, raw
2 lemons, juiced
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
5 garlic cloves
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp vegan Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/2 cup Italian parsley

Before Baking:


To Make:
Pesto
Combine all ingredients in a food processor.
Blend until smooth. I like a thick pesto for this pizza, so if you need to add more pine nuts or basil, go ahead.
You may also want to add more salt-do a taste test first.

Pizza
I get my pre-made multi-grain pizza dough from Whole Foods. But Trader Joe's and other supermarket's now carry fresh pre-made pizza dough. You can even buy it from some local pizzerias.
Punch out the dough.
Knead it a bit on a corn meal floured surface.
I like to do a few pizza dough tosses in the air before rolling it out with a rolling pin.
Using your fingers, press out the dough so that the outer crust is much thicker than the inside crust. The thinnest part of the crust should be the center.
Rub 1 Tbsp olive oil allover the front and back of the pizza dough.
Drape the bottom of the dough through your cornmeal.
Let the pizza sit and rise for about 5-10 minutes.
Now you can start layering your pizza.
Spread the pesto thickly on the crust.
Drape the cheese over the pesto.
Sprinkle the pine nuts over the cheese.
Drizzle 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil on top of the pie.
And brush the crust with the other 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil.
Sprinkle a bit of corn meal on the top and sides of the crust.
You're done!
Bake the pizza at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Broil the pizza for 3 minutes to bubble the top cheese layer.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves and some fresh red pepper flakes.

Next up, the Classic Marinara Beachy Cheese Pizza...
Before Baking:




Classic Marinara Beachy Cheese Pizza
vegan
makes 1 mini pizza, 6 "


1 cup pizza dough
*tennis ball sized, multi grain or whole wheat is healthier than white dough
3 tomato pizza sauce (bottled or my recipe below)
1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese, grated
2 Tbsp vegan cheddar cheese, grated
*I like Follow Your Heart brand
3 white button mushrooms, sliced thin
1 fresh garlic clove, sliced thin
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup corn meal
red pepper flakes
1 tsp pine nuts

Pizza Sauce
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp agave syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 small tomato
1/4 cup basil
pinch of parsley leaves
1 Tbsp lemon juice
*blend all in a mini food processor

Pizza
I get my pre-made multi-grain pizza dough from Whole Foods. But Trader Joe's and other supermarket's now carry fresh pre-made pizza dough. You can even buy it from some local pizzerias.
Punch out the dough.
Knead it a bit on a corn meal floured surface.
I like to do a few pizza dough tosses in the air before rolling it out with a rolling pin.
Using your fingers, press out the dough so that the outer crust is much thicker than the inside crust. The thinnest part of the crust should be the center.
Rub 1 Tbsp olive oil allover the front and back of the pizza dough.
Drape the bottom of the dough through your cornmeal.
Let the pizza sit and rise for about 5-10 minutes.
Now you can start layering your pizza.
Spread the pizza sauce on the crust-thinner amounts in the center of the pizza.
Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce.
Sprinkle the pine nuts over the cheese.
Lay the mushrooms on top.
Sprinkle a few red pepper flakes.
Drizzle 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil on top of the pie.
And brush the crust with the other 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil.
Sprinkle a bit of corn meal on the top and sides of the crust.
You're done!
Bake the pizza at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Broil the pizza for 3 minutes to bubble the top cheese layer.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves and some fresh red pepper flakes.




Thanks so much, Kathy! Recipes and photos originally posted on the Lunchbox Bunch blog.

8 comments:

Lindsey said...

I can't wait to try these out. I'm a new vegan. I haven't even tried any vegan cheese yet. Pizza is something I've really been missing.

vanessa said...

What BEAUTIFUL pictures and really fabulous recipes. Going in my to do box!

Candice said...
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Candice said...

Wow, vegan recipes! Awesome! I also happen to really like Follow Your Heart, especially the mozzarella. :) Thank you!

Kathy said...

so pleased to contribute my recipe! so glad you all like it.

..and ps Daiya cheese is another delicious vegan cheese alternative - it melts superbly. soo good! I have a few fantastic Daiya cheese Panini recipes on my blog.

~Kathy, healthy-happy-life.com / kblog.lunchboxbunch.com

sarahjean said...

Can you substitute anything for the pine nuts?
I want to try this sooo bad but have none on hand... :(

Ivana said...

Oh my!! What is this! I have to try this- immediately! Looks too tastefull!

Liz said...

OMG, this looks so yummy! You are making my stomach growl!