8.18.2011

Upside down vegan pizza pot pie

Upside down cheesy Heaven in a bowl.

It's what's for dinner. 

And trust me, it's going to be what's for dinner at your house right after you finish reading this recipe and buying all the ingredients.

Because it's that good.

It's actually better.

And FYI, it's SO simple even husbands can conquer this one! (Not to mention you can make it extra manly with things like vegan sausage and pepperoni). I should also mention that although my husband DID make these easy cheesy pies of deliciousness,  he is actually incredibly skilled in the kitchen. Way more than me.

OK, enough with the gabbing, here's the must-have recipe.


Upside Down Pizza Pot Pie
(Serves 4)
Pizza crust ingredients:
2 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 packet of fast rising active yeast
1 cup warm water
2 TBS olive oil
1 tsp salt

Everything else:
2 bags Daiya cheese (we got a little wild and mixed the pepper jack and mozzarella).
Baby bella mushrooms (quartered)
1 jar of whatever marinara your heart desires (we used a tomato basil one)
1/2 package of Gimme Lean vegan sausage (crazy delicious)
Italian seasoning (to taste)

(Feel free to add whatever ingredients you want, the trick isn't what you add but WHEN you add it!)

Directions:
Combine flour, yeast and salt. Add warm water and olive oil, knead 2-3 minutes and form a ball. Place dough in a bowl on the oven with a towel on top and let sit for an 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.
Take four small bowls (we used glass, two-cup baking bowls that we got at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $6.99) and line them with an incredibly thin layer of olive oil.
Next, distribute the two bags of Daiya into the four bowls evenly (aka, 1/4th of each bag in each bowl). YES, the cheese does go on the bottom!
Take a cup and smash the cheese down in the middle.
Add a handful of quartered mushrooms.
Top the mushrooms with a layer of sausage.
Scoop marinara on top of all the ingredients (they should be just at the bowl rim or a little above).
Sprinkle some Italian seasoning on top.
Now, take that ball of pizza dough you had resting on the oven and split it into four even balls. Roll those out and place them on top of your delicious pizza stack. (The crust should fall over the side a bit).
Place the four bowls on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes (until golden brown) and yummy looking, like this:


But that's not good enough. Using your oven-mitted hands (because these bad boys are going to be SUPER hot), pick up the bowl and turn it upside down on a plate (crust side down). Tap with a spoon to help the cheese unstick from the bowl, (this is why oil was crucial).

Enjoy. IT ALL.

And then worry about the calories later!

This gets the Chubby Vegan Family seal of approval!

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