Friday, August 27, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza

Today I was excited to try another Vegan on the Cheap recipe: Big Stick Pepperoni or, as we referred to it, Disco Stick Pepperoni. And when you have pepperoni, you need to make a pizza.

The dough would have come together in minutes, except that I had a little problem with the tapioca flour. I never used it before, so I expected it to be like…flour. I tore open the package, and a cloud of white powder filled my kitchen. So I had to spend some time wiping down my countertops. For anyone who doesn’t know: tapioca flour is more like cornstarch. That is to say, it can be messy.

Aside from that little mishap, the pepperoni was super easy: mix ingredients together, roll up in pieces of foil, and steam in the oven for an hour. After letting it chill for a couple hours, I sliced it thinly and sautéed it to get it brown and crispy around the edges.

I also got pizza toppings ready: my “parmesan” and my instant red sauce that I use for both pizza and pasta. This makes enough for 1 medium pizza or about 2 servings of pasta.

All-Purpose Red Sauce
1 14-oz can diced tomatoes
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. dried thyme
¼ tsp. dried marjoram
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. sugar

Puree all in a blender or food processor – or, if you want it chunky, just stir it all together and use.

Here you see all my bowls of stuff, ready to go.

See, for some reason, I had to wait a little while to turn on the food processor and do the actual pureeing.

But it all worked out.

I haven’t eaten real pepperoni in over 25 years, but apparently, I used to be really into it, because it was the last meat product I gave up when I realized, as a 6-year-old, that meat was animals. I didn’t want to eat animals, so I stopped eating meat. Well, most meat. I hung onto pepperoni pizza for another year or so. And now I can have it again. Even my meat-eating husband said this was amazingly close to the real thing. It has tons of flavor. Tip - make sure to sauté it before using it on a pizza, if you want it slightly crispy, because it didn’t crisp up any more once it was in the oven.

Today is a big day – we’re taking Jackson and Olivia to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live, as our birthday present to Jackson. He's totally going to flip out! I can’t wait to see him get all excited and dance his little toddler heart out. What are your plans today? Have a good day – the weekend is almost here!


  1. Looks so yummy.

    Is Vegan on Cheap a good cook book? I've been thinking about getting it and everyone seems to like it.

  2. Looks like all Olivia ever does is lay around and sleep! I'm envious;-)

  3. SV, I know, she is so lazy! :)

    Jessica, I was gonna buy VotC anyway if I didn't win it. I'm surprised at how fast and easy the recipes are, and they end up tasting great, too. I'd totally recommend it.

  4. We love going to those Live! shows. Have we talked about this before - that you haven't eaten meat since you were that young? I can't remember...I haven't either! I feel like you mostly hear about people quitting meat later in life.