Tandoori Tempeh, Mini Peppers, Pepper Jack Pizza on Crisp White crust. Vegan Recipe

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Its Pizza time. This is the current favorite Pizza to whip up on weekdays in this house. The spicy juicy Tempeh tastes just like the meat crumbles you get at some Pizza joints. Use your favorite crust, veggies and non dairy cheese and you will not be disappointed. 

With layers of fresh tomato, onions, pickled Jalapenos, sweet mini peppers and Daiya Pepper jack. All the flavors and textures work perfectly with each other to make this a must try Pizza. Its a quick white crust that doesnt need 2 rises. While the Tempeh cooks, whip up the crust and let it sit for 5 minutes till you cut up the veggies. Load it all and bake.

How do you like your Pizza?

My husband followed me into a plant-based diet because of discussions, articles and documentaries that we read or watched together. But it took him longer to be convinced to eat so when outside, with friends and such. He did not associate with any animals/pets while growing up, so the compassion was not a strong emotion to make the change. After we adopted chewie, it was a while before he developed that attachment and understanding of Chewie as a sentient expressive lovable being who is so much like us. What  made him hop on the vegan wagon completely, was a video of dog like animals being skinned alive for fur like this one- viewer discretion advised for the video. It was the connection between chewie, a dog, an animal, the pain, the torture, the unnecessity of it all, which is applicable to all animals in all the big profit oriented use-fur, leather, cosmetic, food- meat, dairy, egg industries.



This Pizza is totally plant-based, delicious and cruelty-free! 

If you are wondering what I am listening to these days, heres a jukebox.  Give it a try:)

A must read at The Vegan RD: Vegan Food for everyone.

On another note, house hunting is stressful. Especially if the seller and buyer(us) cannot come to a common price and terms. And the realtors in between, the listing agent and buyers agent are both smarty pants. I am thinking I will just take the 60 hour course work and give the exam and become a realtor.. Who better to think of our interests than myself ;)

More awesome Pizzas here. Glutenfree crust options too.



Crusty deliciousness. 

Steps:
Brown the tempeh in oil on medium heat.



Add rest of the ingredients, cover and cook on low-medium until all the liquid is absorbed.



Proof the yeast. Add the dry ingredients and oil.



Knead into a soft dough.



Press down or roll into an oval. Spray water on top and let sit for 10 minutes.
Top with tomatoes, dried or fresh basil.



Top with red onion slices, mini peppers, Tempeh.



Top with Pepper jack and Jalapeno. Bake at pre-heated 410 degrees F for 18-19 minutes.



Yummers

Vegan Tandoori Tempeh, Mini Peppers, Pepper Jack Pizza on Crisp White crust

Tandoori Tempeh, Mini Peppers, Pepper Jack Pizza on Crisp White Crust
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, nut.

Ingredients: 
White Crust:
1/2 cup warm water
2 teaspoons raw sugar
1 teaspoon active yeast
1 cup bread flour ( or all purpose flour)
2 Tablespoons Semolina( cream of wheat)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
bread flour for rolling and working the dough


Toppings:
1-2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Tandoori Tempeh Tikkas(recipe below)
3 tomatoes sliced
dried or fresh herbs
Red onion slices
Sweet mini pepper slices or sliced red pepper
pickled Jalapeno
Daiya pepper jack shreds or other non dairy cheese.

Tandoori Tempeh:

8 oz Tempeh(cultured Soybean patty) cubed or about 1.5 cups 
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Coconut milk Yogurt like So Delicious plain (optional)

Method:

Tandoori Tempeh:
In a large pan, add oil and saute Tempeh at medium heat until golden.
Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well.
Cover and cook on low-medium heat until all liquid is absorbed. 20 minutes.

Pizza:
Warm 1/2 cup of water. Add sugar and yeast and mix.
Let sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
In a bowl, Add the flour, salt, semolina, baking powder and using a large spoon mix it all. Add evoo and flour mix to yeast mixture.
Then knead for 2 minutes and roll it out or press and shape into desired size. Use bread flour if needed.
Spray water liberally on top on rolled out dough and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
(You can also let the dough rise for an hour covered with a towel. Then punch it down and roll into a pizza base)
Drizzle evvo on top. 
Top with tomato slices and dried or fresh herbs.
then top with onion slices, pickled Jalapeno and mini peppers.
Then liberally with tandoori tempeh and then cheese.
Sprinkle salt if needed. We added a few slices of fresh Jalapeno as well.
Bake at 410 degrees F  for 18-19 minutes.
Then broil on Low for half a minute or longer for crispier top and edges.
Serve hot!


This pizza is being shared at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Allergy Free Wednesdays, Ricki's wellness weekend

17 comments:

  1. Tandoori tempeh sounds interesting!!! I always hesitate to use tempeh becos no matter what I do, I can't get rid of the distinct taste. Any suggestions??

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    1. Hey Nithiya, you can either steam the tempeh before cooking so the bitter-ish taste goes away. Or you can cook in broth like in this recipe. If you cook it long in water, so it gets really soft and crumbly, the bitter taste disappears.
      Let me know if it works!

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    2. If it helps, I've discovered that it matters which brand of tempeh I use. Henry's is delicious right out of the package and never bitter (they also have some varieties that are part tempeh, part grain and that mellows the taste, too). Other brands are not so tasty!

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    3. yes true.. i like lightlife 3 grain the best right now.. because of the other grains in there the taste is not prominent and it picks up the spices much faster than plain soybean tempeh. also, you can marinate the tempeh for a hour before using for even better results.

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  2. Lovely pizza.Wonderful clicks.
    Today's recipe:http://indianfoodnest.blogspot.com/2013/05/simple-egg-fried-rice.html

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  3. YUMMY! gots to try this one next ;)

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  4. Wow! This is one fantastic pizza, Richa! That tempeh looks phenomenal! :-)

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    1. I agree. that tempeh looks and tastes phenomenal!

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  5. Listen, missy. This pizza looks dangerous. Like, I could make it and it would be gone by the next day dangerous. Like I'd wake from a deep sleep just to grab a slice from the fridge dangerous. Well done.

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    1. haha.. yes i would do the same if any were left:) my husband will stuff himself to finish it.

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  6. G'day beautiful photos, TRUE!
    Have never tasted Tempeh, but might have to put this on my list to do!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

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  7. Ok this must be a sign..I just commented on a blog before coming here that I am CRAVING pizza. This it the most amazing looking pizza!

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  8. I'm a bit of a jalapeno lightweight, but I can tolerate the pickled kind, for some reason. How could anyone not love a super-loaded pizza like this one?

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    1. you can add more pickled peppers:) its like a meat lovers tempeh version:)

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  9. Ok - So I saw this today and said "dinner is served"! I timed myself from start to finish (and I am no bread maker, that's for sure). I started at 7:50pm and had this in the oven by 8:20. Whoo-hoo! The crust is light and delicious with a delicate crispiness. Tempeh was yum. I think I'll just have to make a good old fashioned Yves pepperoni version with spicy tomato sauce, tho!

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  10. I have been on a major tempeh kick lately and cannot get enough of it! Justin followed me on the vegan bandwagon too, which I am so grateful to have a loving and understanding and lets not forget compassionate partner. We LOVE our pizza Fridays, Justin loves a white pizza with Olive oil, tomato, garlic and black olives or a loaded pizza :) me, I love any type of pizza- one of my faves is a BBQ Pizza with corn, red onion and bbq sauce with tempeh or one with broccoli, black olives and pineapple- Yummers!!!

    Good luck with the house hunt, it can be super stressful- I am thankful that we bought directly from my uncle and we only had to deal with the bank which was stressful enough! xo

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