La vegan pizza del diavolo
Friday is our traditional pizza day. It started many years ago when we were living in Essen-Bergerhausen (Germany). Around the corner of our student appartment was a small Italian pizzaria owned by Francesco. He made some of the best pizza we’ve ever eaten and his pizza Diavolo has been our favorite for many years. After we moved aways we started making our own homemade pizza.
When we became vegan we stopped eating pizza until we discovered the various vegan cheeses which are now available. These allow us to have a nice pizza again, so the pizza of the devil is back again on the menu – vegan of course.
The pizza del diavolo has 4 different types of peppers! Sweet red peppers are the main ingredients, but also has many jalepenos some cayenne and if that’s not enough, we usually splash some Tabasco on it at the table.
Serving Size: 2
- 400 grams whole-wheat Flour
- 30 grams yeast (1 packet)
- 1 tbs. Italian herbs
- 1 tbs. sugar
- 1/4 liter water, warm
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbs. olive oil
- tomato sauce made from 1 large size tomato paste can and 1 equal amount of water
- 200 grams soy cheese, grated
- 200 grams sweet red bell pepper, cut in small pieces (fresh or from a jar)
- jalapeno peppers, as many as you want
- cayenne peppers, cut into small pieces
- Tabasco sauce to taste
- Put the warm water in a bowl, add the sugar and the yeast and allow to grow in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbly.
- Place the flour, salt and Italian herbs in a bowl and mix so that the salt is mixed in with the flour.
- Pour the water and yeast over, add oil and mix well.
- Allow to rise in a warm area with a clean towel over the top.
- Allow it to double in size, that will be about 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes depending upon the temperature.
- Meanwhile, if you are using a fresh bell pepper, de-seed it and cut into small pieces.
- Using a small amount of oil, saute the red pepper pieces until the are soft.
- When the dough has risen, pre heat the oven to about 450(F).
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface.
- Place on pizza tins or a cookie sheet, and brush with olive oil.
- Spread the tomato sauce over the dough.
- Place the red bell pepper pieces evenly over the tomato sauce.
- Put as many jalapeno pieces on top of the red pepper and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for about 15 —25 min.
This recipe gives 2 large thin crusted pizzas and about 12 small pizza rolls.
If the diavolo is a bit too hot for your taste, perhaps you might enjoy some of these variations, they are also favorites of ours:
- Artichokes and black olives
- Spinach, mushrooms black olives
- Asparagus and peas
- Sun-dried tomato and fresh tomato