I have lots of pie recipes already on my page but I figured on “Pi” day we should post some more!
My favorite pies are always fruit pies but we cannot forget savory pies! I just tried Amy’s frozen Shepherd’s Pie and love it! The Tamale Pie is good as well, but not my favorite if I had to pick. Today in honor of “Pi” day I brought an Amy’s Vegan Shepherd’s Pie for lunch. I am very excited about it.
So if we think some more there are tons of “pies” in the world to make. Mud pies, cream pies, fruit pies, pot pies, meat pies, Quiche pies, and pizza pies! So in honor of Pi Day, below is my favorite Pizza Pie Recipe!
Vegan Cheese Pizza Pie
1 refrigerated or home-made pizza dough
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of Rao’s Marinara Sauce or Tomato Basil Sauce
1/4 Cup Shredded Fresh basil (you can use a few tbs of dried if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 to 1 bag of Daiya Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 to 1/2 of a block of Daiya Garlic Jalapeno Havarti
Chili Garlic Infused Olive Oil or “Pizza Oil”
I preheat my oven on 450degrees and place my pizza stone in the oven on the center rack. It is pretty important to get the stone as hot as possible. It make the crust crispier. If you use a pizza pan or a cookie sheet it will be softer but still delicious. If you want the exact stone I have, it is at Crate & Barrel. As you can tell I am a fan of them and I registered their for my wedding.
I then place some flour on a baking sheet and put my dough on top. I buy pizza dough from Whole Foods (frozen section) or a local grocery rather than make my own half the time because I am lazy lately. It is just as good since dough is usually just salt, water, flour, yeast.
I get both sides lightly coated with flour and get flour on my hands and start to stretch out the dough by placing my knuckles inside the center and gently rotating in a circle and stretching outward. Do not toss it or create holes by overstretching. You can also just hold the edge of the dough and shimmy around the edge letting the dough naturally stretch by hanging and rotating it .
When it is slightly thin in the center and still a little thick on the edges I sprinkle a small amount of salt on the stone and then place down my dough directly on the hot stone with the oven open. Please be careful while you do this. It will be hot in there. I pull the rack out slightly so that it doesn’t tip and I don’t have to reaching into the hot oven all the way. You can always remove the stone and place it on the stove top but its super hot and heavy.
I then lightly spray the dough with olive oil on top. Then sprinkle the edges with salt and garlic so the crust is seasoned well. If I have dry basil I will sprinkle the whole top with it for extra flavor in the dough.
I then place the tomato sauce in the center and spread it out with a spoon. Do not use too much sauce it will make the cheese to liquidy when it melts. It should appear thin in areas.
Now sprinkle the mozzarella evenly and lightly. I use between 1/2 and 1 whole bag per pizza depending on the size of the pizza. Use your own judgement but cover the pizza so that you can still see sauce. Then add the basil so it is thoroughly integrated across the cheese. I cut my basil up with herb scissors. I am pretty obsessed with them and use them often for a variety of things. The basil really brings out the right flavors in the Daiya so I always say basil is required!
Next pinch out small balls of the Havarti Daiya from the block and drop it on the pizza every inch or two. This really makes the pizza divine! it adds a little spice but makes the pizza appear beautiful like chunks of mozzarella have melted and browned on top.
Last drizzle with the pizza oil. I use one I got at Crate and Barrel but it is no longer for sale here is the review though. Here is a similar kind for sale online in the UK. All it is made up of is olive oil infused with chili pepper or cayenne pepper, garlic, oregano, and rosemary. You can always make your own. I will when mine runs out!
Now you just place it back inside the oven, close the door, and wait for the magic to happen. It takes at least 15minutes if not twenty. I just look for brown crust and bubbling top. It will look a little liquidy on top but when it cools it will be perfect. My test is to have brown spots on top and then the spatula going under the dough feels the dough is hard and crispy.
Take out, let rest 5minutes, serve hot, and enjoy!
This is by far the best pizza recipe I have come up with in the last two years of trying. I am such a pizza snob now because of it. I cannot express how much my husband and his omni friends love my pizza. Please try it out on everyone and report back. This was my mission to make so I really want to hear your opinions, see pictures, and everything!
Much love, The Hippie Gypsy