Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Challenge #4: DF CF Cheezy Pine Nut Pizza Recipe

December 19th, 2008 yum Posted in Cooking for Karina, Dairy Free, Garlic-free, Italian, JM friendly, Mushrooms, Nuts, Pizza, Soy Free, Sweet Potato, Tomato-free, Vegan, portobello mushrooms, soy-free challenges, walnut 7 Comments »

Thin gluten-free crust with pine nut “cheese”, roasted sweet potatoes, fresh basil, roasted mushrooms and roasted red pepper, prior to baking.

One big challenge to the dairy-free, soy-free lifestyle is that of a cheesy pizza. Sure, you can make a tomato sauce and just skip the cheese, but it doesn’t have that rich mouth feel or decadence. I’ve played with a variety of solutions to this problem. There are a number of lactose free or dairy free cheeses on the market, including almond, rice, and soy cheeses that are also gluten-free. However, finding a commercial w”cheese” that is truly 100% dairy-free as well as soy-free can be another story. Besides, if you’ve ever tried these cheese “substitutes” you know that they taste almost nothing like real cheese, and often don’t seem to add anything good to a recipe besides the idea of cheese. Luckily vegan cookbooks such as The Uncheese Cookbook have more creative alternatives using a variety of “real” foods as the base for their un-cheese recipes. Some of these recipes use soy (frequently) or gluten (less frequently), but there are many options that do work for a gluten,dairy, and soy-free diet.

However, interestingly one of the most successful soy and dairy-free cheese substitutes I found was not in a vegan cookbook, exactly, but on a related raw foods cookbook. Raw foodists might find it sacrilege, but I used it in a baked lasagna to wonderful effect. This recipe for soy and dairy-free lasagna has been one of the most popular recipes at the Book of Yum because it answers a real need in the food-sensitive community for TASTY cheese substitutes. This recipe came to mind when Mother was visiting us this week. She can eat gluten, but is allergic to soy and dairy, so she doesn’t often have the chance to have “cheesy” dishes. She is also allergic to garlic and avoids tomatoes due to RA. When I decided to make a dairy-free pizza, I thought immediately that I should try using the yummy pine nut sauce on it as the “cheese” base. I was also inspired by the season to roast sweet potato cubes and mushrooms for toppings. I decided to simplify the pine nut recipe a bit and found it was just as good, if not better than the original. It was a big hit with my allergy-sensitive Mom, and the DH and I enjoyed it as well. The combination of pine nut sauce, fresh basil, and roasted vegetables was absolutely addicting. Because I had extra pizza crusts I decided to also make a dairy-free walnut pesto and top it with roasted vegetables as well. Yum! And nobody missed the cheese (or soy) at all.

Looking for a gluten-free pizza crust recipe?
Here’s a fun thin-crust recipe- it doesn’t rise much but makes enough for 6 pizzas that you can enjoy over a week’s time.
And, here’s my personal favorite crust- Carol Fenster’s classic gluten-free Pizza recipe with allergen-free pizza topping recipes

Dairy-Free Soy-Free Pine Nut Cheesy Pizza
1 gluten-free pizza crust

Pine Nut “Cheese” (new version)
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 to 1 1/2 tsp. brown rice vinegar
1/4 tsp or less salt
1/8 cup water or more

1 sweet potato, peeled, cubed
handful fresh basil leaves, julienned
4 baby portabella mushrooms (between crimini and portabella)
1 red pepper for roasting
olive oil
salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Soak 1/2 cup pine nuts in enough water to cover for an hour. Then drain, rinse, and blend in food processor with dash of salt, vinegar and water until you have a creamy consistency. Put in small container and reserve, refrigerating.

Prepare toppings:
Toss sweet potato cubes with dash of olive oil, salt and pepper if you like. Place on baking sheet. Remove stems from mushrooms and rub with a little olive oil. Season with salt and pepper if you like. Place whole red pepper on baking sheet or on oven rack along with rest of your veggies. Roast for 15 minutes and check your mushrooms. If they seem done, remove mushrooms from oven, dribbling juices over them and letting rest. If not, check mushrooms again in another 5 minutes. After they have rested, you can slice them. Roast sweet potatoes until they are fork tender but not mushy. Roast red pepper (turning occasionally) until sides are all slightly charred. When you take red pepper out of oven, place in freezer safe ziploc bag, seal, and let steam for 10 minutes on counter before removing. Rub off skin with paper or cloth towel, cut in half and de-seed. Slice and/or cut into bite sized pieces and reserve.

To assemble your pizza, top with even coating of your pine nut “cheese”. If you have some, you could rub the crust first with a bit of blended sundried tomato and olive oil to give the crust a more attractive golden color that will stand out from the pine nut “cheese”. (I didn’t do that this time, Mom is also sensitive to tomatoes). Sprinkle with julienned basil, roasted sweet potato, mushroom slices and red pepper pieces. Bake following pizza crust instructions. The thin-crust pizza recipe I used requires a short bake time (12 min or less) and so is ideal. For a long baking recipe, you might bake the crust halfway before topping the pizza.

My dairy-free, soy-free Mom loved this pizza, and loved the pine nut sauce.
Walnut Dairy Free Pesto Recipe
1/2 cup walnuts
2 cups fresh basil leaves
sprinkle salt
1/8 cup roasted fresh onions
1/4 cup olive oil
Combine ingredients in blender or food processor, drizzling in olive oil as you blend it. Taste and season with more salt or other spices if desired. Enjoy!
I used this pesto on a gluten-free pizza crust topped with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted potatoes, roasted red pepper, roasted onion, and even half roasted chard. Yum yum yum!
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Go Ahead Honey 2: Vegan Cauliflower Portabella Mushroom Pie in Potato Crust Recipe

June 24th, 2008 yum Posted in Cauliflower, Go Ahead Honey Event, Vegan, Vegetarian, broccoli, portobello mushrooms 1 Comment »

The latest edition of “Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free” hosted by Ginger Lemon Girl featured one-pot meals. I was thrilled to play around with a savory dish for an event, and I made a cheesy cauliflower pie in a hash brown crust. DH loved it, but I wanted to make a vegan version as well, so I played around VERY LIBERALLY with the recipe to come up with this vegan cauliflower (ok, broccoflower) portobella mushroom pie. Enjoy! This recipe tastes good, but without a topping it doesn’t look very pretty. I recommend you try the bread crumb topping for extra texture and visual appeal. :)

Looking for more Vegan one-pot-meal recipes?
or Fat Free Vegan Blog

Gluten Free Vegan Cauliflower portobella mushroom pie in grated potato crust recipe
Vegan Potato Crust:
2 cups grated packed raw potato (with skin)
1/2 cup grated onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. ground flax whisked with 3 tbsp. water, and let sit
teff flour

Vegan Filling:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 medium cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Leftover broccoflower stalk from 1 medium head, chopped (or cauliflower stalk)
1 whole portobella mushroom, stalk separated and minced. Slice the cap and cut into bite size pieces.
1 carrot, peeled and chopped

Un-cheese vegan sauce:
1 1/4 cup soy milk
1 cup filtered water
3 tbsp raw cashew nuts, ground into a powder
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp pepper
sprinkling nutmeg (optional)

Gluten-free vegan roux base:
3 tbsp. oil
1/4 cup teff flour or other whole grain gluten-free flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
dash apple cider vinegar

Optional (but desirable!)
1 slice Leftover Gluten free bread, crumpets, or plain waffles, toasted and ground in food processor with seasoning and a dash of olive oil to make breadcrumbs. Or use pre-made GF crackers, crumbled.

Avocado slices (if you like them!)

Grease pie pan with oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Grate potatoes and rinse in cold water, then drain. Grate an onion in your food processor and mix with potatoes. Add minced garlic, salt, and flax egg substitute. Mix together thoroughly, then add a little teff flour (or other whole grain GF flour) and work it through the mixture. Spread out evenly in your greased pie pan to make a pie crust, working up the sides of the pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, lower temperature to 350 and baste with olive oil (seasoned with favorite seasoning blend if desired) and bake for another ten minutes.

To create your filling, sautee onion and garlic in olive oil that has been heated in a cast iron pan. When onion begins to look translucent, add the broccoflower stalk and the minced portobella mushroom stalk. Cover and let cook for 5-7 minutes. Add your portobella mushroom cap slices, cover, and let cook for a few more minutes. Add carrot, mix and let cook for a little longer or until carrot loses its bite. Take off burner and reserve.

Combine your un-cheese vegan sauce ingredients (from soy milk to nutmeg, but be sparing with the latter) in a blender and give it a whir until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Heat your olive oil and then add your teff flour (you may use less if desired). Mix into a paste and heat on burner, letting flour mixture develop flavor as it heats. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Slowly add the un-cheese vegan sauce to the roux, whisking as you add and make a “white” sauce without any lumps. Add nutritional yeast and a dash of apple cider vinegar. Taste and correct any seasonings. If mixture is too thick you can add water.

To assemble, Add teff “white” sauce to your filling ingredients slowly, adding one layer at a time and combining thoroughly. When filling is as “saucy” as you like, stop, even if you have extra sauce. Pour filling into pie pan. If you like you can top the pie with your GF breadcrumb topping or crumbled crackers. Otherwise, don’t worry about it. Bake in oven at 350 for 30 minutes or so. When pie seems adequately baked, remove from oven. If you didn’t top with bread crumbs, you can add avocado slices to make it more visually appealing.

Enjoy! Pie will firm after cooling in the refrigerator, but you can also eat it hot from the oven.

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