Top Vegetable Pizza Recipe for Your Outdoor Pizza Oven
It’s not easy to make a good, healthy vegetarian pizza at home. This article will describe how to prepare our Vegetable Pizza so it turns out well every time.
* 2 cups bread flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
* 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
* + water as needed (less than one cup, but you might need more if your dough seems too dry)
Dried herbs of choice – I used oregano and basil
Fresh chopped veggies (onion, garlic, mushroom, tomato slices, bell pepper slices, zucchini, broccoli)
Here are the steps.
1. Combine ingredients – Mix together salt, sugar, flour, yeast in a large bowl.
Add oil and about 1 cup of water. Stir with wooden spoon until it forms a dough ball on one side of the bowl (it will be sticky). Don’t add all the water at once!
Keep adding only enough to allow the dough to come together into a ball that doesn’t stick to the sides of your mixing bowl or your hands when you try kneading it. Once you get there after adding some more water, you can stop thinking of how much more water you need to add. If using dry active yeast instead of quick-rise yeast, let the dough sit for 10 minutes before moving to step 2.
2. Knead – I like kneading dough on a solid flat surface because it’s easier, but you can knead it in the bowl too. Just make sure your hands are clean and oil-free if you’re going to do that method.
Adding flour as needed to prevent sticking is okay too, but always try not to add more than 1/4 cup at a time or you’ll end up with a very dry crust after cooking it. Once the dough has been worked enough so it springs back when poked instead of sticking to your fingers, place it on a well-oiled surface (I use parchment paper) and cover it with cling wrap or a damp towel.
3. Rise – Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
I like to preheat the oven on Warm at this time, then turn it off and let my dough rise inside before putting my veggies on top of it after it rises.
If you don’t have a warm place to rise your dough, then you can use an alternative method: heat up a mug of water or soup to boiling/steaming, then pour the hot water into a microwavable bowl large enough so that the bowl containing your dough is inside so they both achieve an equal temperature.
Set them side-by-side in your microwave for five minutes, then start your dough by letting it sit out in a warm place to rise.
4. Preheat oven – Turn the oven on to 450 (Fahrenheit) degrees and let it preheat for about 20 minutes if you’re cooking your pizza right away, or longer if you’re allowing the dough to rise again like I usually do.
You can make this next part easier if you use a baking sheet with holes poked in the bottom (like Swiss Diamond brand), but it’s not necessary because we’ll be using parchment paper instead to prevent sticking and extra dishes.
5. Punch down and roll out – Now that your dough is ready, punch it down so all of the air bubbles are removed from inside the dough. You can do this by simply flattening it with two fists, or you can use a rolling pin if you prefer. I usually just press the ball of dough into a circle using my hands since that’s easiest for me to manage.
Once your dough is flattened out into a crust-sized disk (you’ll have to eyeball this), place it on top of the parchment paper and roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Assemble your veggies.
6. Add vegetables – Spread enough sauce over the pizza so there are no dry spots left when you’re done putting on all of your veggies, but make sure not to go overboard with the sauce because wet vegetables will make soggy pizza instead of crispy.
7. Bake – You can bake your pizza on a baking sheet or in a cast iron skillet. In the oven, I’ve found that it takes about 25 minutes for vegetables to cook sufficiently and my crust to be crispy enough.
Slide the parchment paper with your pizza on top of it onto a solid surface (like a large cutting board), then slide it back into the oven so you can take out your veggies after they’re done cooking/baking without burning yourself since there won’t be any extra dish to safely put down when trying to handle them from above using metal tongs or spatulas.
8. Enjoy! – Once all of your veggies are baked/cooked thoroughly, remove them from the oven and enjoy! Pizza tastes best once it cools down a bit, but I know that’s not always possible.