Easy trick to make a not soggy veggie pizza at home!
Veggie pizza is the go-to food for every vegan. When starting out, many new vegans find out just how easy and delicious it is to make a veggie pizza. Lots of people love it and there are so many ways to make one! You don’t even need to be vegan to love it.
Often I hear from people that putting more than 1-2 kinds of veggies on a pizza makes the dough soggy. It’s happened to me too. The raw veggies release their water when heated and the dough just soaks through. No matter how long you bake it – it’s left soggy and unpleasant.
This is why I had to re-make the way I cook my veggie pizza at home to avoid soaky, wet dough. In this recipe I use ready-made dough I buy from the local convenience store. I’m sure it’s vegan because it contains only flour, water and salt. It’s locally made by a small bakery and I’m happy with the quality.
You can also choose to work with home-made dough. If this is what you prefer, the website Vegetarian Times have a super easy dough recipe for beginners. You can check it out here – vegan pizza dough – and let me know in the comment section how it turned out!
- Two sliced raw red peppers
- A cup of sliced white mushrooms
- One red onion, sliced
- Half a cup of broccoli, separated from the stem
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Fresh basil and oregano
- Pizza sauce of choice
- I used 1 packet of ready-made dough
The trick to making a not soggy veggie pizza is sauteeing the veggies before putting them on the crust. This is the crucial step I use when I make my pizza. The reason for this is that when the veggies are sauteed beforehand, the water is already released while they are being cooked. This way they don’t soak through the dough when you bake your veggie pizza.
So, start by slicing all veggies you have. I used broccoli, red pepper, mushrooms and onion, but you can experiment with whatever you have in the fridge. Once ready, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a big pan and throw all veggies in. I also seasoned them with fresh basil, oregano and a pinch of salt.
Cook the veggies for around 15 minutes on medium heat. You will notice when all the water is released and evaporates. Once they are dry, you’ll know it’s ready. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to medium temperature – 220 C or 430 F will do.
Grease your baking pan and spread the crust thinly or thickly – however you prefer. Shaping the dough is a difficult task, so you can make it easier by oiling your hands so the dough doesn’t stick.
Pour your pizza sauce of choice – I used a simple tomato sauce. Spread your cooked veggies and bake the pizza for about 15 minutes. Since the veggies are cooked, your pizza will be ready as soon as the crust is baked.
That’s it – easy-peasy!
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