Experimenting with food to get similar results with a whole different ingredient base is a fascinating thing to do. Italians and other pizza enthusiasts will agree that pizza is worth eating with a good crust, bubbly and melty cheese, and a sweet tomato sauce. While traditional pizza is a no-no for vegans, they are not immune to its charms.
Here, you will learn how to make a delicious vegan pizza that will hook you. Let’s dig in!
Procedure for Making the Best Vegan Pizza
At this point, you probably think this is a lot of work. Well, it doesn’t have to be. As long as you follow these tips below, you don’t have to worry. They are simple to follow and fun to recreate. They are as follows.
Add Caramelized Onions
The function of this ingredient is to provide the buttery moisture and sweetness that cheese adds to pizza. Also, they add texture to both white and red pizzas. To achieve this, do the following:
- Slice the onions thin;
- Cook them in vegetable broth until they become transparent;
- Continuously deglaze the pan with liquid to prevent any caramelized bits from sticking to the bottom;
- Add balsamic vinegar or a bit of vegan butter to the pan for more flavor (this is optional);
- Continue cooking the onions until they are sweet and have a sticky and soft texture;
- Use as much as you like as a base of flavor on your pizza under the sauce.
Flavor the Crust
Without the star and flavorful ingredient, cheese, you can improvise with herbs and spices. Some good options are thyme, garlic, basil, a mixed Italian seasoning, parsley, and red pepper flakes (if you like it hot).
To flavor the pizza crust, you can put the ingredients on top of the dough before cooking. One good recommendation is to make an oil mixture using extra virgin olive oil together with pressed or minced garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and dried parsley. Brush it on the crust, and wait for the magic to happen. You can also add:
- Artichoke hearts – to add a buttery tanginess
- Fresh arugula – to add a refreshing and peppery crunch
- Eggplant, etc.
Increase Sauce Usage
Without meat or cheese, you have a free pass to double on sauces. You can either stick with the traditional tomato sauce or find other interesting options to couple it with. They include ranch and barbecue sauce or arrabbiata and cashew cream. You can either mix them or layer them with one as the topping and the other one coming afterward.
It is possible to buy your dough from the store or make it yourself at home. The secret to making quality and perfect dough is being attentive to it. It might take time, but it is definitely worth the wait.
Vegan Meat and Cheese
For meat, you can use products like tofu, jackfruit, and mushrooms to improvise. You can also try the processed vegan meat if you don’t mind. Also, there are brands that are getting the cheese aspect right, so be strategic when purchasing your plant-based cheese.
Other alternatives that you can explore include:
- Roasted garlic spread
- Drizzle with homemade cashew or other creamy dressings after it is cooked.
- Top with fresh herbs
- Sprinkle with nook
Quattro has the best brick oven pizza options, which lets the pizza crust cook perfectly without overcooking the toppings. So, if you are vegan, there are multiple options that you can explore. Make a reservation with us today to try our unique pizza for yourself!