Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Vegan Pepperoni Pizza

Today's lunch features what I still consider to be the holy grail of veganism, vegan pepperoni pizza. I brought this for lunch once before, but this time it's a little more homemade. In my previous attempt, I used storebought vegan mozzarella cheese, which is all fine and good except that it costs quite a bit, it can sometimes be difficult to find, and it can be a challenge to find a brand that you really like. Well, I had found a brand that I liked, but I still thought it was a little expensive, plus I don't like driving an hour there and an hour back just to get it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I probably didn't need to spend so much on a nice solid vegan mozzarella when all I was gonna' do with it is melt it on a pizza. When it's melted on pizza, it's really no different than one of the many vegan cheese "sauce" recipes that are out there floating around on the internet. So this time I decided to make my own vegan cheese and see how it turned out.

I ended up using my favorite pizza crust recipe, with the modifications mentioned in my previous post, and my favorite pizza sauce recipe. I made the vegan cheese using a recipe that I found over at Kittee's website in the pizza section. Kittee is a fellow ppk'er and she has some really awesome recipes at her website. It's definitely worth checking out. They finally started carrying Yve's Vegan Pepperoni at my local grocery store, so I have no trouble getting them now. Really, they are the only storebought thing on the pizza. To make a long story short, the vegan cheese recipe that I found over at Kittee's is now my favorite. It's so easy to whip up in just a couple of minutes and it tastes every bit as good, if not better, than expensive storebought vegan cheese. This is what I plan on using every time that I make pizza from now on. It's yummy.

I threw in another baby greens salad with some more Brianna's Poppy Seed dressing. I still can't believe that this stuff is vegan. But I'm glad it is.

For dessert, I wanted to try something a little different. I have been craving a Reese's Cup here lately so I started looking around for vegan recipes that combine the flavors of peanut butter and chocolate. I found what I was looking for with Daniyell's Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bars from La Dolce Vegan by Sarah Kramer. EXCELLENT! They're bars made with peanut butter, sugar, puffed rice cereal, etc. And they are topped with delicious chocolate. Very, very good. I highly recommend them.

Well, I guess that just about does it for today. It's time to go eat my pizza.



bitterknitter said...

Oh, I sooo want some of those PB&Choc bars! I know what I'll be making this weekend. I'm going to check out the cheese recipe as well. I have a few different ones that I use, but I'm always willing to try a new one! Cheese was the hardest thing for me to give up when I went vegan.

Brooke said...

Well, hotdiggity, you are back! I guess I will have to check out the last few posts and see what you have been making! Good to have you back with all of us.

tom said...

Thanks for sharing the pizza links. I made Kittee's crust, sauce, cheese and topping tonight, and it was totally great! I want to try that cracker crust next!