Saturday, January 7, 2012
Pizza with Veggie Pepperoni (12-inch)
I've always loved a classic pepperoni pizza; but, as a vegetarian, I will not eat meat-based sausages. Fortunately, with several brands of good vegetarian pepperoni available in most supermarkets these days, I can still enjoy that flavor without eating meat. I recommend Lightlife Smart Deli Pepperoni, Yves Meatless Pepperoni, or Pepperoni Tofurky Deli Slices.
Here is my version of a vegetarian pepperoni pizza.
1 Basic All-Purpose Pizza Crust (12-inch) or Thin Pizza Crust (12-inch) (or your favorite 12-inch pizza crust)
1/2 to 3/4 cup Classic Pizza Sauce (or your favorite plain red pizza sauce)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 of a 4-ounce package of vegetarian pepperoni slices (or more as desired)
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare the pizza crust and press into a 12-inch pizza pan, or form it into a 12-inch round on a baking sheet, with the edges slightly thicker to contain the toppings.
Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella.
Arrange the pepperoni slices on the pizza in a single layer.
Top the pizza with the remaining 1/2 cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan.
Bake for 12-18 minutes, until golden.
Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing
-- 3-4 servings