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Vegan Pizza Recipe: Mushroom Okra Pizza

It’s been frigidly cold on the East Coast. Good thing pizza is a perfect two-birds-one-stone cure for that. Warm, honor, and feed your body, while warming up your house! The below recipe is a modified version of a pizza I created with my beau last week. The results were phenomenal. Bon appetit!

Vegan Pizza Recipe: Mushroom Okra Pizza

Recipe Type: Hearty Entrees
YIELDS1 large pizza
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  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3-4 tbsp pasta sauce
  • 8 oz vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz vegan cheese, gouda or pepperjack (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup okra, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • to taste rosemary and oregano
  • to taste lime juice
  • to taste salt and black pepper
  • to taste chipotle pepper flakes (optional but delicious)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3-4 tbsp pasta sauce
  • 8 oz vegan mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz vegan cheese, gouda or pepperjack (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cup shiitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup okra, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • to taste rosemary and oregano
  • to taste lime juice
  • to taste salt and black pepper
  • to taste chipotle pepper flakes (optional but delicious)
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Directions

1. Follow the instructions here to prepare the crust with ingredients 1-6 (water to flour).
2. If yeast is contrary to your vegan lifestyle (it’s “under review” for me, currently), then there are many great recipes online for no-yeast pizza crusts. If you have any suggestions for recipes you’ve really enjoyed, please let us know in the comments section below!
If you do go with this yeast-y recipe, I suggest mixing it by hand for no other reason than how much fun it is! ;).
3. The dough needs about an hour to rise, so while you’re waiting, chop onions, mushrooms, garlic, and okra.
4. In a frying pan, grill onions until brown, then add garlic, mushrooms, and seasoning. I like to let these ingredients sit for a bit before I add the Okra.
5. Grill until soft (and smelling delicious!).
6. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Once the dough has risen, cut dough in half. Knead one half and flatten/roll into a 12-inch pizza crust. The second half can be used now or stored in the freezer for later use.
7. Place flattened pizza crust on a cooking sheet, or, alternatively, cover your cooking rack with aluminum foil. This is a great substitute for mysteriously-disappeared cooking sheets!!
8. Spread a layer of oil on the crust, and then pasta sauce. Cover with a layer of mozzarella cheese, and then the grilled ingredients.
9. I like my pizzas very cheesy, so I put another layer of cheese on top of the grilled ingredients. I’m using the Jack cheese for this second layer. I used Gouda last week; it was YUM.
10. Add some more oregano and rosemary on top, to taste. Place in the oven for 15-20 min. I put it near the top rack, so the heat doesn’t sear the cheese. I hope you fall in love with shitake mushrooms, like I did, and enjoy the warm feeling inside and outside your body!

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Photo: Amparo Vazquez

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