Dear Vegan Stuffed Crust Mexican Pizza :
I want to thank you for combining two of our very favorite meals – tacos and pizzas in an enchanting, seamless and ingenious way that also gave us an opportunity to eat avocados and who doesn’t love that? I also want to thank you for being so easy that we could enjoy how delicious you were in less than an hour and not have a huge stack of dishes left to do afterwards. This increased our enjoyment of the night by a factor of at least 10*. Mostly I just want to thank you for taking our minds off the fact that the night we had you for dinner at 8:11 PM, the artificially intelligent Skynet global digital defense network was suppose to have become self-aware, trigger a worldwide nuclear holocaust and then deploys legions of robot killers to wage genocide on the surviving humans. Having a spicy vegan stuffed crust Mexican pizza completely distracted us from the evil robot apocalypse and when we partnered it with a Dr.Pepper**- it ended up being quite a lovely night.
PS – I forgot to thank you for being vegan and therefore only making the world a better place.
Vegan Stuffed Crust Mexican Pizza
Whole Wheat Crust
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (you’ll need some extra to flour surfaces)
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Package Regular Yeast
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Cup Warm Water
Cornmeal (to dust your pizza stone if you’re using one)
1 Package Vegan Soyrizo (we used Trader Joe’s Soyrizo but you can also used vegan ground beef – Lightlife, Boca or Match Vegan Meats prepared with Taco Seasoning)
1 Bag of Daiya Vegan Cheddar Cheese
1 Can Black Beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 Red Onion (diced)
2 teaspoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 Can Black Olives (sliced – we accidentally bought diced instead – this is a topping so you’ll have some leftover)
1 Can Jalapenos (sliced – this is a topping so you’ll have some leftover)
1 Tomato (sliced up to put on top)
1 Avocado (sliced up to put on top)
1 Jar of Your Favorite Salsa (this is a topping so you’ll have some leftover)
In a large bowl, mix 1 cup of Whole Wheat Flour, Sugar, Salt and Yeast. Add Olive Oil and Warm Water. Mix with a hand mixer at a medium speed for around 3 minutes. Stir in the rest of the Flour, and mix in any extra that’s on the side of the bowl. Mix until the dough is soft and doesn’t stick to the side. Place Dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 5-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and springy. Cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let rest for around 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425.
In your favorite cast iron skillet, heat Olive Oil, Soyrizo, Red Onion, Cumin and Black Beans on a medium heat. Mix them gently with a spatula while you cook and remove from heat once the mix is brown and the Soyrizo has slightly crispy edges.
Dust the pizza stone with cornmeal and where you are going to roll out the dough.
Roll dough into a circle (around 13 inches in diameter) and then move very carefully to the pizza stone. Create a little pocket/canal along the edge of the pizza. Fill the canal with Daiya Cheddar Cheese. Be careful to not use more than a 1/3 of the bag and to stay inside the pocket. Seal the Daiya Cheese in by folding over the outer edge and pressing lightly.
Fill the center of the Pizza with the cooked Soyrizo. Make an even layer of the Soyrizo and then cover with an light even layer of Daiya Cheddar. Then place the Tomato slices on the pizza and then cover them with another layer of Daiya. Then sprinkle the Black Olives and Jalapenos over the top and then cover with another layer of Daiya.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Just wait till the crust is golden and Daiya is melted. Serve with slices of Avocado and some Salsa.
* This is using Annie Math and pretty much estimated. We didn’t actually measure anything so there is no real data to back up this claim.
** Yes I do believe that all Mexican food is a little better when it is served with a cold Dr. Pepper but I linked to that commercial because it is so very cool for three other reasons – #1. Stan Lee. He makes me smile. #2. UM Thor! I have been a huge nerd for Thor for years and years and have survived a lot of teasing because of it. I’m excited to live in a world where others love Thor a much as I do. #3. That’s our good friend Rob in that commercial and we love him.
|Little unsure what Rob is saying at this moment but it apparently was wonderful.|