Vegan Pizza Recipe: Mushroom Okra Pizza

February 25, 2015
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
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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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Amparo I. Vazqwright is a California-native exploring life, love, and learning on the East Coast. She’s the author of www.happystarfishes.com and aspires to become the Mexican-American, Female “Paulo Coelho” in future years. Amparo is a lover of all things personal development, with an inquisitory mind that looks for patterns and breakthroughs in every challenge, and is excited to be able to put into writing all the wonderful things that life conspires to reveal to her. In the future, you can expect to see Amparo writing about anything from reshaping memories to the wisdom (or humor) of ants. She’s blessed and excited to work with Peaceful Dumpling. Follow Amparo on Pinterest @InspireStarfish.

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