Thursday, October 25, 2012

Roasted Veggie Pizza

We loved this next recipe so much we had it two nights in a row!  Sergio and I both agree that cauliflower wins over broccoli, so even though the recipe I found called for broccoli as the main vegetable we went for cauliflower.  Also, the recipe calls for pita bread to serve as the "pizza" dough base but I couldn't find any so I used a flour tortilla.  The last thing I had to replace was the vegan cheese which I also could not find.  So since I was going to be eating cheese I figured might as well live large and buy some really high quality mozzarella cheese.  So this is what I did.

1/2 a head of cauliflower, chopped
2 large portobello mushrooms, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion (any color/type), chopped
Cheese of your choice
1 tblspn Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder

For Pizza Sauce:
1 large can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 tblspn olive oil
3 whole garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 of an onion (keep the "stem" in tact so you can pull it out later)
1 tblspn Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garlic powder
Crushed red pepper - to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 and put all your chopped up vegetable onto a baking sheet.  Sprinkle them with the spices and leave them in the oven for about 15 minutes.  Mean while work on the pizza sauce.
Add the olive oil to a medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the garlic and onion and let them simmer for a few minutes.  Once you can smell the garlic add the spices and then add the tomatoes.  Gently smash the tomatoes with a fork and let the sauce simmer for at least 15 minutes.  If you only have one backing sheet pour your vegetables into a bowl and lay the flour tortillas or pita bread onto the sheet.  Otherwise have a second baking sheet on standby.  Spoon some sauce onto the pita bread or tortillas, layer on your cheese and then heap on te vegetable.  Place the pizza back into the oven for about 5 minutes or just until the cheese melts.

Try adding veggies that can take the heat, including cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, or herbs.


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