Vegan Gourmet Pizza: Melty!

March 1st, 2009 3:39 pm by Kelly Garbato

The husband and I finally (!) tried Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet soy cheese last week (don’t ask me why it took so long – I’m already kicking myself). We’ve been searching for a suitable vegan soy cheese for some time now, so when Shane spotted Vegan Gourmet during his last Whole Foods run, he picked up a few bricks of the cheddar and mozzarella flavors. We (ok, he) made two homemade pizzas last Saturday, in anticipation of a Lost marathon – one topped with mozzarella, the other, cheddar. As you can probably surmise, it was effin yummay!

Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet soy cheese

Admittedly, I haven’t sampled many of the newer vegan cheeses (Teese, Sheese), but Vegan Gourmet is the best I’ve tried thus far. The mozzarella has a bit of a salty taste; Shane says it tastes very much like “real” (read: cow’s milk) mozzarella (I wouldn’t know; I’m allergic). The cheddar isn’t as salty (though it contains more sodium – go figure), but has a “cheddary” taste. (Again as per Shane; a direct quote: “They’re very reminiscent of real cheese.”) Since I don’t have any experience with dairy cheese, I’m having a bit of trouble putting the taste into words; suffice to say, both the mozzarella and cheddar and very tasty. Though, I do have a slight preference for the cheddar, probably because it isn’t as salty as the mozz. (The cheddar is healthier, too, what with less fat and more protein – yay!)

True to Follow Your Heart’s promise, both cheeses are uber-melty: They Melt! Almost too well, actually: it’s really difficult to slice a large pizza right out of the oven, because the cheese is so melty. It practically liquefies under heat! We had to let the pizzas sit for about ten minutes before we could cut and serve the slices, and even then, it proved messy.

Naturally, we made a second batch of pizzas last night. (I expect it’ll be pizza 24/7 round these parts, now that we’ve found an edible soy cheese!) This time, we tried “pressing” the bricks of cheese like tofu, in order to draw out some of the excess water – the suspected culprit in the greasy/watery/liquid-y consistency of melted Vegan Gourmet. We also spread the shredded cheese on a large baking pan, and let it sit out on the counter for about an hour prior to making the pizza, hoping that any excess water might dissolve into the ether. All this helped a tad – the melted cheese wasn’t quite as watery – but it was still a lil’ messy to work with. Still, it’s a huge improvement over the alternatives, namely, cheese-less/-free pizza, or pizza laden with cruelty (i.e., dairy cheese). 4.9/5 stars!

Here’s a pic of last week’s pizza, along with our go-to pizza dough recipe. I know it looks radioactive, but I blame it on the fluorescent hood lights. I’m not proliferating nukes, I swear.

DIY Pizza Crust

2009-02-21 - Vegan Gourmet Pizza - 0007

Ingredients

1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
(Optional: use 1 cup of whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 cup all-purpose/white flour for a heartier crust)

Directions

1. Stir water, sugar and yeast together until dissolved. Add the olive oil and the salt. Stir in the flour until well blended.

2. Let dough rest for 10 minutes or more. (We usually prepare the dough an hour or two before dinner, allowing it plenty of time to rise.)

3. Pat dough into pan or on to a pizza stone using fingers dipped in olive oil. If desired sprinkle basil, thyme or other seasonings on crust.

4. Top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 425 degree oven.

We used: red sauce, Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet soy cheese (cheddar and mozzarella), black olives, sundried tomatoes and Lightlife Smart Deli (soy) pepperoni.

Note: Makes one 12″ to 16″ pizza crust.

———————-

Tagged:

Be Sociable, Share!

Filed under , , , ,

4 Responses to “Vegan Gourmet Pizza: Melty!”

  1. Preserving Produce Like a Frugal Vegan Mofo: A Review of the Nesco Gardenmaster FD-1020 Food Dehydrator » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

    […] much as I love me some dried tomatoes on a gooey, cheesy pizza, my absolute favorite use for the Gardenmaster FD-1020 is […]

  2. The Perfect Pizza Press » Blog Archive » Shane’s Red Hot, Heart-Shaped Pizza: Eat it on Vegan Pizza Day, Valentine’s Day, or any old damn day! Says:

    […] for that! Otherwise, we’re also partial to Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet cheese (melty!), available in cheddar, mozzarella, nacho and Monterey Jack flavors. […]

  3. VeganMoFo, Day 28: The Perfect Pizza (Press) » V for Vegan: easyVegan.info Says:

    […] Though I’ve been focusing on healthy, frugal vegan foods this month, I have a confession to make: I’m a pizza addict. The Mr. and I have pizza for dinner several times a week. And it’s not exactly the healthy, low-fat, veggie-loaded, cheeseless kind – not even close! […]

Leave a Reply