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Topic: Favorite Vegan Pizza... cilantro chili  (Read 2411 times)
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McAuliflower
« on: April 23, 2005 10:59:38 PM »

Pixiewhip's discussion of going vegan reminded me of this favorite combo of pizza toppings... cilantro pesto pizza with sweet chili sauce.  A little odd, and not so standard sounding I know, but these flavors are absolutely fabulous together.  I just posted this recipe on my blog, and thought it would be appreciated here too...

    Cilantro Chili Pizza

    Preheat the oven to 500F, preferable with a pizza stone on the middle shelf. Allow the oven to heat 30 minutes or more.

    Meanwhile, prep your favorite pizza dough. (Most pizza dough recipes are vegan, though the occasional recipe may call for milk.) If using refrigerated pizza dough, allow it to come to room temperature before shaping. Preparation of the pesto and chili sauces can be accomplished in the time it takes for the pizza dough to rest:
     
     
    Cilantro Pesto

       This recipe makes more pesto than needed for pizza. Use the leftovers as a marinade for grilling, or go crazy making this pizza for all of your friends.

     In a food processor or blender combine:

        * 1/2 cup peeled garlic cloves
        * 1 cup of cilantro leaves, stems and roots
        * 1 Tbs of ground pepper
        * 1 tsp of salt
        * with enough canola or olive oil to help grind the ingredients into a paste

     Store in the refrigerator or freezer with a slight film of oil on the pesto surface to help maintain the bright green color.
     
     
    Sweet Hot Garlic Sauce

       This is my number one favorite ingredient, to always be found in my refrigerator. It is excellent paired with fried crispy foods, grilled meats, drizzled on curries, and on top of this pizza. Fortunately this tasty sauce is becoming increasingly common in grocery stores, often called Nahm Jeem Gratiem, or Tuong Ot Ngot.

     In a sauce pan combine

        * 1 cup sugar
        * 1/2 cup water
        * 1/2 cup vinegar
        * 2 Tbs minced garlic
        * 1 tsp salt

     Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low, simmering to reduce and thicken to a syrupy sauce approximately 20 minutes or more. When thickened, stir in 1 Tbs of chili garlic sauce and allow to cool to room temperture. Store in the refrigerator.
     
     
    Shape your pizza dough in the size you want, stretching it out thin with your fingers and hands. Place it on a piece of waxed paper, trimmed to match the foot print of the pizza dough shape and transfer the dough to a pizza peel for easy sliding onto the pizza stone.

    Spread several tablespoons of the cilantro pesto on the surface of the dough. Sprinkle with a slight pinch of salt. Continue to top the pizza with chopped sundried tomatoes, red onion slices and chopped red bell pepper.

    Slide the pizza onto your hot pizza stone and cook until the bottom is crusty brown, approximately 5-8 minutes.

    (for a non-vegan topping: immediately top the pizza with crumbled goat cheese upon removing it from the oven.) The most important step, drizzle the pizza with Sweet Hot Garlic Sauce.

     Enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2005 01:18:35 AM »

That sound sooo good.  Is Sambal Olek the same thing as this chili garlic sauce? 
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McAuliflower
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2005 11:44:58 AM »

That sound sooo good.  Is Sambal Olek the same thing as this chili garlic sauce? 

yep, that's what you add at the end to give it nice spice and a pretty blush.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2005 12:23:47 PM »

the pictures on you blog look really really good! i have to make this!
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McAuliflower
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2005 07:41:08 PM »

the pictures on you blog look really really good! i have to make this!

thanks- its become quite the obsession lately! 

If you haven't alread..., check out Food Porn Watch: http://foodpornwatch.arrr.net/

every hour it lists culinary blogs that have been updated.  Its a fun way to get inspired about what to cook for dinner  Smiley
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Chels
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2005 01:13:41 PM »

I tried this recipe for lunch today and it was FABULOUS.  I didn't have any of the chili garlic sauce, so had to fake it, but it was still reaaaaally good. 

Thanks for posting it.   Grin
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McAuliflower
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2005 10:46:36 AM »

I tried this recipe for lunch today and it was FABULOUS. 

Excellent- another convert to count among the ranks!

...plotting world domination...
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VeganCloud
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2005 08:31:41 PM »

For the most part, most sugars are not vegan. Cry
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« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2005 08:31:40 PM »

For the most part, most sugars are not vegan. Cry

Good opportunity to educate vegan readers about the bon-char process... ewwww!

I think agave nectar would be a good substitute though not in a 1:1 ratio. As it is sweeter than sugar use a little less than the recipe calls for.

Thanks vegancloud!

More reasons why we need a vegan board- this can be a bit complicated! 
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2005 05:41:16 PM »


For the most part, most sugars are not vegan. Cry



I was also just told that most beet based sugar is vegan. 

YSugar MV...
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