Virtual Vegan Potluck: Hummus Pizza

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Sidenote: I was supposed to fly out to New York City today to visit a couple of my friends. Unfortunately, I had to reschedule my trip due to unforeseen weather complications. Perhaps you’ve seen the weather reports. Honestly, how should I have known that a hurricane would strike Manhattan shortly before my November trip? I decided to make this pizza long before the hurricane appeared on weather radars but I like to think that a pizza dish is very fitting for New York. Of course, the weather affected many locations and I hope everyone reading today is safe and unharmed. Now, on to the main course…

It’s every vegan’s fear. You are hanging out with your non-vegan friends and someone suggests you all order pizza. Doesn’t everyone know that there is no mainstream pizza that vegans can eat? Your friends try to order cheese pizza for you and you politely pick off the cheese and lick the tomato sauce off the crust. Mmm… dinner of champions.

I’ve found hummus to be the “cheese” of my vegan life. It’s my replacement for cheese on sandwiches, chips, and, yes, now pizza. The concept of vegan pizza seemed like a loss to me until I discovered a delicious hummus pizza dish from a local restaurant named Thr3e Wise Men (ask for it without the feta!). The concept of using hummus on pizza is brilliant. Too often, veganized dishes overuse fake vegan products as substitutes. The dishes end up tasting… fake. I love using something completely different instead of trying to replace cheese. Allow me to profess my love for hummus in the form of one fabulous pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (roughly 14 ounces) of store-bought vegan pizza crust or your own favorite homemade pizza dough
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper hummus (homemade or store-bought)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 portobello mushroom cap, stem and gills removed
  • 1/2 large zucchini
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 roma tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 4-5 large basil leaves, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and spray a 14-inch round pizza pan with cooking spray.

2. Roll out pizza dough on your pizza pan. When oven has heated up, bake the pizza dough for 8-10 minutes.

3. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a skillet and add minced garlic and red onion. Cook until onion is translucent and fragrant.

4. Cut up mushroom, zucchini and red pepper into thin slices and place into a collander. Toss with salt, pepper and 1/2 Tbsp olive oil.

5. Add mushroom, zucchini and red pepper to the skillet and cook for 5-7 minutes.

6. Remove the pizza from the oven and brush crust with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil. Spread onto the pizza crust an even, thin layer of hummus. Add the toppings: garlic, red onion, mushroom, zucchini, red pepper, tomatoes, and basil.

7. Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes until crust is golden brown.

8. Slice and enjoy!

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This meal is part of the fabulous Virtual Vegan Potluck created by Annie and hosted at Vegan Bloggers Unite. Continue your journey or go back to the previous post using the links below. Bon Appétit!

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73 thoughts on “Virtual Vegan Potluck: Hummus Pizza

  1. Your vegan hummus pizza looks juts stunning & very appetizing too, dear Vanessa! :)
    I think you will love my entry too! It was the 1st time that I joined the VVP & I loved it so much!

  2. That is a lovely pizza! The colors are so vibrant! I would not have thought of hummus, but I can see how it would work. I think I will add a few sliced ripe olive when I try this!

    • It works better than I thought it would! Better than cheese, even! I’m not an olive fan but they would obviously be a perfect addition to this colorful pizza. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Very creative idea to use hummus on a pizza! I’m very intrigued :) I shall have the guts someday to make my own pizza. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  4. Hummus instead of cheese? That sounds a little weird and simultaneously DELICIOUS. : ) Definitely a genius idea for a substitute– and that pizza looks great. Sorry your travel plans were canceled! (But that’s probably better than if you’d flown out to New York just a few days ago…)

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  6. I love pizza, and can’t help myself when my wife defrosts our pizza crust and tell me she wants pizza for dinner. We’ve used hummus for for sauce, but never roasted red pepper before. Yours looks great, thanks!

  7. I laughed out loud at the “dinner of champions” line :-) This looks fabulous. I love pizza! I live a little south of LAand there is an amazing VEGAN pizza place there, but without a pizza oven, I have to be more creative…this one looks like it will fit the bill perfectly!

    • So jealous of you west coast kids with your delicious vegan options! Real Food Daily is my favorite in LA. What’s the name of the pizza place? I’ll have to go there next time I’m in the area. Thanks for visiting!

      • We are really fortunate. I live in Orange County and have 9 (count ‘em 9!) vegan restaurants within a 20-minute drive. OK, so 5 of them are from the same 2 chains, but they’re still reaching lots of people. And then counting LA and surroundings, there are dozens…

        Cruzer Pizza (http://www.cruzerpizza.com/) is the only 100% vegan pizza place in LA, and it’s great – real pizzeria pizza. I like to support them whenever i can.

      • Fabulous. Thank you so much for the info. I also love supporting local vegan businesses. Not only does Indianapolis lack vegan restaurants but we also don’t even have a vegetarian restaurant. You are lucky!

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