Sunday, October 20, 2013

Pizza for Grown-Ups

Recently I made pizza for the G, the Blessings and I again.  I used my typical pizza crust from my Quick Veggie Pizza recipe. I divided the dough in five balls, as usual, but this time for mine and G's pizzas, I decided to go for toppings that the sweet Blessings would not find appealing at all.  Not only could we indulge in spicy goodness, but it also assured us that our leftovers would be untouched by grubby, greedy littler hands.  I usually have a variety of toppings for us all to choose from, but I decided to pull out red onions and jalapenos, which I knew only G and I would have.  Whereas the Blessings top their own crusts, G just trusts my topping instincts to have me make his own.  He was delighted with the finished product.   With onions and hot peppers, at least in our home, this is definitely pizza for grown-ups!

Here's a shot of Pizza for Grown-Ups still on the baking pan after coming out of the oven.

A close up of all those delicious goodies.

Pizza for Grown-Ups



2 pkgs. or 1 and 1/2 Tbs. of active dry yeast
2 cups of warm water
4 cups of flour
1 and 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 and 1/2 Tbs. vegan or raw sugar

Grown-Up Toppings:

We used:
Organic pizza sauce
Daiya cheddar shreds

Daiya mozzarella shreds
Red onion, chopped coarsely

Sliced black olives
Mushrooms, sliced
Artichoke hearts, chopped coarsely
Pickled jalapenos, chopped small
Vegan pepperoni slices


In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let rest for ten minutes. Combine the remaining crust ingredients in a large bowl, along with the yeast mixture, and mix well. Cover bowl with a damp towel, and let rise for 30 minutes. Punch dough down and divide into five sections. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured surface, roll out one section of dough to about the size of a plate. Pick up and gently toss with your hands, until it's at least one and a half times its original size. Put on your baking sheet or pizza pan, and load with toppings. Bake for 20 minutes. While baking, make your next pizza. I can bake two pizzas at a time side by side; a bit of one baking sheet rests on the edge of the other, but it doesn't affect the end result. Remove from oven and let rest for five minutes before slicing. So good and easy! Feeds five hungry vegans or two vegan grown-ups and kid-friendly toppings for the rest of the gang.


  1. I love that you have to make child-repelling toppings! Olives would have been the first things I would have thought of, maybe capers too! It may have put the little 'uns off, but I love the look of it!

  2. Love this! Some of my kids would actually eat this and some wouldn't. :)

  3. Joey, olives are some of their favorite toppings! I've heard from others that they are surprised my kids like olives and always have, but it's true, they did!

    Diane, you have adventurous kiddos! :-)

  4. Pickled jalapenos are my favorite pizza topping! I'm glad they kept encroaching child fingers away, as well as tasting good :)

  5. Ha! I guess I am officially a grown up because this sounds awesome.

  6. That pizza is too pretty to eat. It's just for lookin.

  7. Man, that looks amazing! My pizza can never have enough olives or onions for me.

  8. BM...I miss bread so much. Pizza is one of my favorite foods, but yeast is one of my bad allergies I cannot consume. Your pizza looks divine and so mouth watering...Enjoy.

  9. Sara, you should do a post on your pizza!

    FF, we're not in Neverland anymore.

    SV, it's happiest when it's eaten, so don't hold back.

    Sage, I love lotsa toppings, too!

    Millie, you're back? How are you doing?

  10. That pizza looks delicious, not to mention gorgeous. I especially love the red onion slices. I plan to put some of those on the (grown up ;-) pizza I'm making this weekend!