Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sweet Onion and Bell Pepper Pizza

Sweet Onion Bell Pepper Pizza

½ bag of Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix (or an other pizza crust you desire)
½ jar organic tomato sauce
1 large sweet onion
1 red pepper
1 orange bell pepper (or 2 x red pepper)
1 ½ Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cloves minced garlic
½ tsp agave nectar (or honey)
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 bag mozzarella Daiya cheese (or any other vegan cheese you have on hand)

Nut Cheese Recipe

1 cup soaked pinenuts (1 hour soaking time is perfect)
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
pinch of rosemary, thyme, and parsley

First, you'll want to prepare your pizza crust. If using Pamela's Bread Mix, you'll want to cut the pizza crust recipe in half and forgo the yeast. No need to add yeast as the crust will turn out perfect without...thin, crunchy and delightful. It will take about 10 minutes in the oven. Remove once you see the edges are browning. You can also use any other pizza crust you wish but Pamela's is the healthiest and most delicious I've found though it does contain honey for those on a strict vegan diet.

Slice the onions and bell peppers julienne style (long and thin). Place into a skillet with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, agave, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Saute over a low heat. You are going to caramelize the onions and peppers. The low heat will slowly extract their natural sugars and create extremely flavorful veggies perfect for adding some sweetness to the pizza. It will smell amazing! The veggies will take about 15-20 minutes and will be done when all water has been evaporated and the onions/peppers are soft and sweet. You can remove a bit earlier if you want the veggies to have a bit more crunch.

Prepare your nut cheese in a food processor by blending all the ingredients: soaked pinenuts, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, salt and herbs. Blend until smooth. Add to the pizza crust spreading to the edges with your hands. It isn't the absolute easiest to spread so do the best you can. Next, add a small layer of tomato sauce on top the nut cheese. I layered about a 1 cm thick but you can add more if you are feeling saucy! Next, add the caramelized onions and bell peppers, sprinkle on your Daiya mozzarella cheese, toss in the oven at 350F for about 10-15 minutes (until the cheese is completely melted). Slice, serve, and enjoy the flavors. So good.