MAXIMISING YOUR PIZZA POTENTIAL (OR HOW I LEARNT TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE CHEESELESS PIZZA)

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The concept of a cheeseless pizza used to really upset me. My Husband has never liked cheese so whenever we had pizza order it without cheese and I always used to think he was missing out, that his meal was sub-par and I thought that he was taking one for the team so that I could enjoy an oozing slice (ew). I thought that in order for pizza to BE pizza it had to have cheese.

Then I went Vegan.

One of the first things that I tried after “The Big Event” was a cheeseless pizza. It was a homemade base with some of my favourite toppings – spicy, tangy pickled jalapenos, sweet n juicy pineapple chunks and generous chunks of fresh tomatoes sprinkled on top. I remember exclaiming “THIS TASTES JUST LIKE PIZZA!!”

It turned out I was wrong all along. That pizza was in fact the friends we made along the way and that cheese doesn’t matter!

From my very first bite of cheeseless pizza I was sold. I was a Belieber believer. Do I miss cheese? No I fucking don’t mate.

Although. I have become a fan of Vegan cheese along the way. It took me a while to get into it but I am so glad I persevered through a long stretch of being on the verge of giving up. I tried some brands and styles that I hadn’t done before and slowly and surely I found which Vegan cheeses I liked. Which ones went with what. Which ones melted the best (Violife Pizza Cheese). And so on.

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PIZZA DELIVERY OPTIONS IN THE UK – WHICH ONES ARE VEGAN?

OK, so you’ve made the decision to go Vegan (OMG Amazing, can we please be best friends!??!). You want to order a takeaway pizza for delivery but you don’t live near a fancy place that offers Vegan cheese (Islington is pretty awesome for pizza places with Vegan cheese options if you’re thinking of moving any time soon, just sayin’). But which chains offer a Vegan base?

Papa Johns or Pizza Hut (only a couple of bases at Pizza Hut are Vegan). Pizza Go Go & Dominoes all use dairy milk, honey and/or eggs in their bases.

I’ve always found Pizza Hut bases to be greasier than my boyfriend at school’s hair so I can’t vouch for them but the Papa Johns pizza is v good for those times when only a takeaway pizza will do. Those nights when a traditional, classy thin n crispy offering from Franco Manca just doesn’t cut it. When you need to drown in doughy, delicious, deep pan goodness that only a takeaway chain can offer. God bless you, Big Papa.

WHAT’S THE CATCH? THERE’S ALWAYS A CATCH. THIS IS IRL AFTER ALL

Weeeeell, *leans in*, STINGY ASS TOPPINGS!!! That’s the catch!

Surely they’re making enough of a mark up on their pizzas that they don’t have to be so stingy in order to make a massive pile of gold coins at the end of the day!? And yet, this is the cold, hard truth of the world we are living in #brokenbritain

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HOW TO MAXIMISE YOUR PIZZA POTENTIAL

Right, so here’s the plan.

Order yourself a Papa Johns. Make sure you remove the cheese from the base, duh. They give you an option now on their website to remove cheese which is bloody fantastic. It used to be that you’d have to add “please remove the udder secretion” and pray your pizza would turn up sans cheese and that you wouldn’t have to call them up and get another sent out.

Get yourself some Violife Pizza Cheese (I know I’ve been jabbering on about how good cheeseless pizza is but Vegan cheese pizza is good too, OK!?) and a selection of your fave veggies and/or fake meats.

In the high quality (lol) images above and below I got my PJ delivered complete with jalapenos, pineapple (YES, PINEAPPLE! DON’T @ ME) and sweetcorn.

Then at home I added some small squares of Violife Pizza Cheese (you’ll only need one or two pieces per slice – it’s very rich and too much will be overkill), one Linda McCartney sausage (sliced thinly for extra spreadability) and some tinned sweetcorn, I threw it in the oven at about 180 for about 5 mins and topped it with chunks of fresh tomato and a sprinkle of nooch to serve.

Tastes like dreams. It’s like a party in your mouth and everyone’s invited. Wait. Ew.

I made it weird. I should go. I think I see my friend over there *runs away*

IN SUMMARY = VEGAN PIZZA GOOD

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5 Comments

  1. September 28, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    I have – quite literally – read this post & then re-read it again as I enjoyed it so very much.

    I’ve had violife on Papa’s P before but to include Linda McCartney sausages (*does Tobias Funke “who wants a banger in the mouth inpression*) now THAT, my friend, is high-level genius shizzle. Bravo!

    • September 29, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Thank you so much! Had a lot of fun writing it 🙂

  2. October 4, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I’m a heavy-on-the-sauce, easy-on-the-toppings kind of a gal but STILL this is INSPIRATIONAL tbh. I too was once sceptical but now FULLY converted to the wonder that is a cheeseless pizza (with a savoury sprinkle of nooch, obv, and maybe a slice of wheaty salami or two). Defo also worth noting that the Papa J’s special garlic sauce IS VEGAN. Dreamy.

    • October 4, 2016 / 8:45 am

      I like to dip mine in BBQ sauce *heart eyes emoji* Sauce is one of my fave food groups 🙂

  3. October 4, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I love Linda McCartney sausages, they’re just the best!

    I just assumed getting takeaway pizza was a no go for vegans but this just goes to show that nothing is off limits unless you do your research. I too recoil at the thought of cheeseless pizza but I have to get my bestie vegan pal to make me one and see how we go! I try to eat as low dairy as possible (apart from the occasional bit of halloumi!) for boring health reasons but pizza is my biggest weakness. I love hearing how to make things vegan!

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