Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vegan Pizza Margherita

David Rocco's Dolce Vita is a new find for me. I loved the episode on pizzas. I just wonder when I will find a guy who feeds me freshly made pizzas?!

So, when I saw there was fresh basil available at Nature's Basket, thats when I decided to buy a couple of ready-made pizza bread from there as well. I don't have a really good  oven - everything takes at least twice as long to bake as is prescribed in a recipe, despite the fact that the oven is at its highest setting. David Rocco baked his pizzas in a wood burning oven for 10 minutes. If you're lucky to have one, bake it for 10 minutes. Else, just go with your gut. I baked mine for approximately 45 minutes at 250 degrees celcius.

I've used silken tofu - the softest variety you can get. Mush it up with your fingers to get a cottage cheese like texture. The tofu  - or any manner of vegan cheese - isn't going to melt and go all gooey like cheese. No one said being vegan was without its sacrifices. :)

Vegan Pizza Margherita
  • 1 tomato
  • Handful of silken tofu
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 pizza crust
  • Tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt, per taste
To make:
  • Pre-heat the oven for approximately 15-20 minutes so its nice and hot.
  • Slice the tomato finely and lay over the pizza crust.
  • Spread the tofu on top.
  • Season with salt.
  • Lay the basil leaves on top.
  • Top off with olive oil.
  • Bake until slightly brown on top.


Evan Thomas said...

I think you would like this Whole Foods recipe. It's a very flavorful way to make tofu have a similar taste and texture to cheese, with common vegan ingredients.

Christina said...

I'm a fan of David Rocco's show too! I love that everything he cooks is fresh from the market that day! One of the perks of living in a major port city I guess! Your pizza looks wonderful even to this omnivore!

zerrin said...

This pizza looks so fantastic! Basil is one of my favorite herb, I can eat it even at breakfast with tomato. I love the flower like presentation and I'm sure it's so tasty with tofu, too!

Jan said...

Beautifully prepared and beautifully presented. You would like my cousins blog "a KATE day" go to my blog and find her. Thanks for the post I am following you now too!

Raw_Girl said...

@Evan, what recipe is that? No links came through....

@Zerrin: I had this for breakfast too. Basil's my new favorite herb - I just wish I can get some more...

Maria said...

What a great idea to use tofu! Sounds delicious!

Tiffany said...

Great take on a classic!

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