October 31, 2011

Rustic Stove Top Caprese Pizza

This has got to be the best pizza crust I have ever made. I don't know if it's because I'm basically frying the pizza dough in the pan, but whatever it is, I could eat this every day. I've made some really great pizzas before (see here and here), but I know this one will be making a reappearance in my kitchen very soon! I was given the challenge from Foodbuzz, my advertisers, to come up with a slow cooked dish that could be made on my stove top in a short amount of time. Usually pizzas take 25-30 minutes to cook in your oven, but these personal stove top pizzas are done in less than 10 minutes! One thing that helped immensely with saving time was using my bread maker to mix and rise the dough. If you guys don't have one - you've gotta invest! They're amazing! 

If you don't know what caprese means, it's basically an Italian salad that consists of buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil. Then it's usually seasoned with salt, pepper, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Not only is it a delicious salad - it makes the perfect pizza topping! I've used Daiya vegan cheese, but feel free to use your favorite brand. I bet Teese would be really good sliced on top of here too!

You guys can head on over to Kelly Confidential to vote for your favorite comfort food dish and/or share your own! Visitors will be entered for a chance to win an Electrolux Induction Cooktop, which makes cooking your favorite comfort foods fast and easy thanks to induction technology.

Do you guys have any favorite dishes that are traditionally slow cooked, but you've found a shortcut to cut back on the cooking time?

*Makes 2 medium sized personal pizzas*

Crust Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 4 roma tomatoes - thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup shredded fresh basil
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded vegan cheese
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • black pepper to taste


Add the crust ingredients to your bread maker in the order listed. Allow the dough to mix and rise. Once the dough is done rising, remove from the bread pan and divide in half. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin to form your pizza crust.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a medium sized saute pan over medium heat. Place the pizza crust in the pan and allow to cook for 5-6 minutes until the crust is golden brown on the bottom. Flip over and cook the other side of the crust while you add your tomato, mozzarella, and basil to the top of pizza. The other side will take less time to cook - about 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan - drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pepper and serve!


  1. That pizza looks amazing, I love the idea of cooking it on the stovetop.

  2. Thanks vegan.in.brighton! It's a really great way to quick cook a pizza!

  3. Matthew, I made this tonight and they were amazing :) :) I agree with you about eating them daily :) My daughters and husband also loved them! Love your blog!

  4. Bitterbugs - Thank you! I'm so glad you liked them! I've actually already made them a second (and third time...) I can't help myself!

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