Sunday, January 16, 2011
International Vegan Pizza Day
I new celebration on the rise is coming up the 29th of this month:
International Vegan Pizza Day, which sounds like a blast.
Or at least a perfect excuse to throw a party.
So for all you vegan pizza lovers out there, get busy and
make your plans. Check out what places around you serve
the best vegan pizza and help spread the word.
Or if you're like me and would rather stay in and do it all
yourself... Check out some of my awesome pizza recipes...
The TMNT Cowabunga Pizza
The BBQ Pizza
The Double-Decker Pizza
The Nutty Chipmunk Pizza
The Rastafarian Pizza
Strawberry Fields Pizza
Tostada Pizza (vegan CPK copycat)
El Diablo Pizza
And an apricot pizza
A great way to throw a pizza party is to have all the attendees
all bring a few of their favorite toppings, not a lot though.
Then everyone can help and design their own pizza or slices.
An easy basic crust goes like this...
1 1/2 tsp yeast
1 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp sweetener
2 tbsp oil
1 cup warm water
2 1/2-3 cups flour
Mix all but flour together and let it set for about five minutes.
Slowly add the flour, a half cup at a time. Once it begins to pull
away from the sides, tip onto a floured counter top and knead.
Add more flour as you knead-- if you NEED! ha ha
Once the dough is elastic and appears smooth, place into a bowl
with a tablespoon of oil and flip dough over, so it is greased.
Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled.
At this time you can store it away in the fridge or freezer until
you want to use it later or you can roll it out and use right away!
Other tips for your own vegan pizza party:
* Make sure to have enough and a variety of sauces.
red sauce is great, but what about a white sauce or a pesto?
* Add extra flavors to your dough(s)
what about sun dried tomatoes, black olives, a variety of herbs!
* What are you cooking your pizzas on?
A stone is ideal, but cookie sheets work well. If using a stone
remember to preheat it beforehand for 500 degrees then turn down
to 450 when you put the pizza in.
* Whats for dessert?
A sweet pizza is always fun with jam for sauce, topped with sliced
fruits, chocolate shavings or even drizzled with frosting.
* Have a few pizzas ready to go and planned in case you don't end up
with enough toppings or not enough variety. I usually have two
pizzas ready to go on stand-by just in case!
* Take lots of pictures and have fun!
Let me know what you're doing to spread the word or celebrate for
International Vegan Pizza Day!