I've been reading all the Vegan Confessions from my last post! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has felt guilty about killing an insect! Keep 'em coming!
I can't tell you how excited I was to make this pizza! It's been forever since I've had deep dish and it's always been my favorite type of pizza crust. I used to eat Pizza Hut and Domino's deep dish crusts, but since they're not vegan, I don't eat them anymore! Papa Murphy's deep dish crust was Vegan, but for some reason they stopped making it! Not good people.
The company Lightlife was kind enough to send me some samples of their products to test out and incorporate into some of my recipes. I've had there stuff before and was so excited to try more of their yummy products! They're the ones responsible for making Tofu Dogs and Smart Pups...my favorite Vegan hot dog brand! One of the things they sent me was a container of Vegan "sausage". Honestly, that was probably the one I was least excited about. Until I got the idea to make Italian Sausage for my pizza! Sausage used to be my favorite pizza topping when I was little! It turned out so great you guys! And because everything else on the pizza was a guilty pleasure, I had to add some spinach to make myself feel a little bit better about eating half the pizza. Enjoy!
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- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp dry soy milk powder (You can substitute liquid milk here. Just remove 1 tbsp of water from the 3/4 cup)
- 2 1/4 cup flour (I used a combination of whole wheat and all purpose white)
- 1 tsp yeast
I made my dough in my bread maker. It's so much easier than mixing it by hand and waiting for it to rise! I would highly recommend one. If you're also using a breadmaker, put the ingredients in your pan as listed above and use the dough setting.
If you're not using a bread maker, pour the water in a small bowl. Add the yeast and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes. In separate, larger bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients, plus the water and yeast mixture. Mix together well until a ball of dough has formed. If it's too wet, add a little bit more flour. If it's too dry add a little bit more water or milk.
Keep the dough in the bowl and cover with towel and set in a warm place. Allow to rise for 30-45 minutes until it's doubled in size. Meanwhile, let's make the sausage!
- 1 package of Lightlife Gimme Lean® Sausage or your favorite sausage substitute
- 1 tbsp light oil
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp crushed anise seed
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Once the pizza dough is done rising, roll out onto a floured surface. Liberally grease a 9x13 baking dish with light oil and sprinkle with a little salt. Place the dough in the dish and work up on the side of the dish to form a deep dish crust. Fill with your favorite pizza sauce, layer about 1 cup spinach, then about 1 cup of the sausage, and sprinkle with your favorite non-dairy cheeses (I used Daiya!)
Bake in the 400F oven for 20-25 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
The finished product!