Pizza with Homemade Vegan Cheese
I’ve tried making dairy-based cheeses in the past, usually with limited success…my mozzarella always seemed to turn into a ball of rubbery white goo that looked and tasted nothing like cheese! So, when I found this recipe for vegan mozzarella on Olives for Dinner, I was pretty skeptical and assumed my attempt would end up in a pizza that tasted like coconut. However, it turned out excellent! I followed the instructions to heat the coconut milk, and then mix in and whisk all the other ingredients. Once they were almost a pudding-like consistency the mixture went into the fridge to gel.
I started the pizza by spreading out the dough and then chopping up all my veggies, including red onions, tomatoes, kalamata olives, and some fresh basil.
After spreading out the veggies, I put a good amount of celtic sea salt, freshly ground pepper, aleppo pepper, and red pepper flakes over the veggies before adding the vegan cheese. After adding the cheese, I sprinkled a little olive oil over the pizza plus more freshly-ground pepper.
The pizza went into the oven for about 20 minutes, and when it came out I was shocked…the cheese was melty and bubbly looking just like real cheese! And tasting it was even better – it was warm and gooey and didn’t taste at all like coconut. I’ll definitely use this cheese recipe again; I bet it would work great in lasagna and other baked dishes!