Veganized! – Kerry’s Pumpkin Sage and Spicy Sausage Pizza

I’m not much of a photographer OR a food blogger, I leave that to Nicole – but when I saw Kerry’s Pumpkin Sage and Spicy Sausage Pizza – I just *had* to veganize the recipe. I even had cooked a pumpkin just last week! Ahoy freezer!

This pizza was very different from my normal meals. Since the beginning I’ve been very weary of “transitional” vegan foods – IE: fake cheeses & meats. One of the main reasons I chose this lifestyle to eat whole, unprocessed foods. In fact, in making this pizza, I bought fake cheese for the first time! Don’t get me wrong, I’ll bring fake burgers to a cookout, vegan cream cheese for office bagel birthdays or other processed vegan foods when grabbing lunch at Whole Foods – but I try to keep it clean 80-90% of the time. (It helps that Gregg doesn’t like them at all.)

I will say I was REALLY impressed with Tofurky’s Italian Sausage – It was spicy & had a great texture. I’ll for sure be bringing it to the next cookout I attend!

This was an amazing dish to welcome Autumn. It tasted savory and thanksgiving-ish. I loved it & Gregg did as well — We looked over to the leftovers :)

Vegan Pumpkin Sage and Spicy Sausage Pizza

Recipe adapted from Yum and Yummer

Pizza dough:

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • ½ tsp dry yeast
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup warm water between 100-110 degrees F

Sauce:

  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tbsp of vegan cream cheese (used this)
  • ¼ cup almond milk (used this)
  • 4-5 leaves of fresh sage, chopped finely
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp salt

Toppings:

  • 1 ½ cup shredded vegan rice cheese (used this)
  • 2 links of cooked vegan Italian sausage (used this)
  • 4-5 sage leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter, to brush the pizza crust (used this)
  • Thinly sliced red onions, to taste
  • Garlic salt, to taste

Dough:

  1. Combine yeast, agave, flour and oil and slowly drizzle in water until the dough comes together. Add more water or flour until the dough is neither dry nor sticky.
  2. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the top, and cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 1 hour to rise – dough should be twice its original size. (Mine didn’t rise — could it be bad yeast?)

Sauce:

  1. Combine ingredients except for the vegan cream cheese and almond milk into a skillet and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in. (It will thicken up once you add the milk/cheese)

Assemble:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Once dough has risen, stretch or roll out into desired shape and place on a oiled pizza pan.
  3. Add sauce, half of the cheese, browned sausage, onions, sage and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Brush crust with melted butter and sprinkle garlic salt over entire pizza.
  4. Place pizza in oven and bake for 18 minutes, or until crust is browned.

this is my money shot

 

Random Floaty Thought Bits 3

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Eee, so cute. Even though I love Garbage so much my heart feels like it’s bursting, I still daydream about a perfect little Westie. Speaking of Garbage, she’s getting bigger everyday. I got her tapeworm medicine last weekend, & had to trick her into taking it – I tried stuffing it in soft treats, didn’t work -Ended up getting her food a bit wet (she does that anyways, it’s weird) & mixing it up in there. Gobble Gobble, all worms are gone! :) YAY!

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I was reading this blog post about making French Silk Pie & they mentioned taking the pie crust leftovers,  sprinkling them with sugar & cinnamon to make “cookies”. I immediately felt warm & miss my grandmother more than ever, we used to bake a TON together when I was little.  I need to plan a trip to go visit her w/ my mom, like ASAP. Maybe I can convince her to make a pie with me. :)

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The walls at my place are pretty bare since I’m so new there – while trying to hang some mirrors I had on hand,  I  found out that since my place is old it has plaster walls, not drywall – you can chip & crack the entire wall of you do it wrong! So I’ve been looking up some other options, tacking paper flowers, origami crane mobiles, & I have no idea if I’m allowed to paint, but I’d love to cover everything with chalk paint. Do you have any ideas?

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Anna, at Little Reminders of Love is always posting the best stuff. I seriously would have thought this post was written about me. (No rly, these past 3 weeks summed up!) I’d wholeheartedly suggest subscribing to her blog.

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Sense vs. Nonsense, or how to have an idea – delightful play on creative obsessiveness.

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I like this chair. Something about older homes w/ modern accessories & furniture is just wonderful. Polished, mmmm… Industrial yet warm. I must love designer Philippe Starck because this chair is BREATH TAKING. (Each chair takes 24 hours to make!!!)

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Little Bits;

–It’s my Mothers birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
–Super short commute to work!! I hardly use 1/2 a tank a week! bahaha!
–Lol’ed at bosses for telling me that Yahoo Answers is probably more correct than Wiki.
–Last weekend being AWESOME.
–Looking forward to working the photobooth @ Necronomicon this weekend.

I’m out of here! Share links! I love silly/awesome/cool/rad/bitching links/stuff! Hive mind this up!

#PizzaOvenTweet

Hey Tampa People!

Just a quick notice, after talking to a bunch of people on twitter it’s decided that we are all getting together at 6pm on Sunday at ThePizzaOven on Waters. I’ve never been, but have heard from multiple people that this place rocks. I’m excited to see everyone there! I’ll be bringing name tags so we call all be geeky together & write our twitter names!

Directions are here: http://bit.ly/9ovkeM

& Make sure to follow @ThePizzaOvenTPA


Msg me if you need anything else or have questions!

Spicy Southwest Chicken Soup

Gregg made a Spicy Southwest Chicken Soup for dinner last night that included, green bell peppers, corn, black beans, cilantro, sour cream, & of course chicken. Paired w/ chips & amazing homemade salsa! :) I’m having leftovers for lunch. Super spicy & cilantro overload. (How I like it!) -The white stuff in the soup is sour cream. Gregg’s a fancy man & piped it into the soup, rather than dollops.