Prep1 hr 15 mins
This is from my dad, who developed some vegan recipes after my sister became a vegan. This doesn't have any cheese, and you don't miss it.
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water (110-120 deg. F)
- 2 1⁄2 cups white flour
- 1 ounce fresh basil
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 Italian plum tomatoes, sliced
- 2 cups mushrooms, thick sliced
- 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced
- Mix water, yeast and sugar and let stand 10 minutes to start bubbling.
- Add flour to yeast mix and blend well.
- Place in a greased or oiled bowl, and cover with a warm damp cloth.
- Allow to rise in a warm place until double in bulk, around 1 hour.
- Punch down dough and pat out onto an oiled (or cornmeal dusted) pizza pan to form the crust.
- Bake in a preheated 450° F oven for 7 minutes. Crust may be refrigerated or frozen at this point. If using right away, turn oven down to 350°F.
- Place olive oil, basil, garlic, ketchup, pine nuts, and lemon juice in blender and process until smooth.
- Spread mixture onto baked pizza crust evenly.
- Add tomatoes, mushrooms and onions (or whatever you like, really) and bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
This is a tasty, very different kind of pizza. I used our usual whole-wheat crust and added a little green pepper with the other toppings. I liked it, but felt that the ketchup (which doesn't seem to belong on a pizza) really overpowered the more delicate flavors of basil and pine nuts. Kind of a shame, when basil is so expensive to buy for us. Still a good recipe- thanks for posting!
Right, I didn't even miss the cheese! The best thing about this recipe was that my BF liked it too, and he hates basil:D All ground up in a pesto, and maybe its not being green either, he ate it up. Silly! Instead of mushrooms, which I don't eat, I added olives and artichoke hearts, our favorite pizza toppings. I substituted 3 tablespoons water for 3 of the tablespoons olive oil with no apparent ill effect. Everything else was the same. This was the first time I ever made pizza crust myself! It came out nicely, but next time I'll buy the crust, it's faster for a weekday night:D