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Oveeja
Dec 29th, 2010, 05:25 PM
I am planing on baking a pizza for my family New Year's dinner but I have a problem.
Where I live there are no cheese substitutes of any kind; so I searched for recipes to make my own mozzarella, but they ask for stuff that I cannot get here such as: agar powder, nutritional yeast, arrowroot, soja yoghurt, etc.
Basically no dairy, egg or butter substitutes are sold here, the only thing I can acquire here is tofu.
I am trying to impress my family with amazing vegan recipes because only I am vegan and my brother is vegetarian (he's halfway through the transition to becoming vegan).
What I came here to ask is for a recipe for mozzarella (if anybody knows one) that doesn't require these ingredients. Or a recipe for a delicious cheese-less pizza.
Please help.

Est
Dec 29th, 2010, 05:34 PM
I wouldn't try to fake a cheese substitute unless you're very confident you've got a good recipe and all the right ingredients. In your situation, I would either go cheese free or swap to a different recipe altogether. Some omnis are a bit funny about eating pizza without cheese so it might not make a good impression on them, no matter how delicious it tastes.

Pizza toppings that I think work well are: red onion, garlic, artichokes and sliced black olives (based on a Pizza Express restaurant pizza we have here called Campo de Fiori) or a mix of 'posh' mushrooms with some white onion.

You could also consider trying some of the recipes on this site: http://www.parsleysoup.co.uk/ (written by a member on here)

Good luck whatever you do, and I hope they are all very impressed with your delicious vegan cooking! :)

harpy
Dec 29th, 2010, 05:41 PM
Hello Oveeja. Italian pizzas don't always have cheese on so in the circumstances I would probably go for a cheeseless one. If you put garlic, herbs and so on in the tomato sauce and plenty of nice vegetables on top I doubt if anyone will miss the cheese. (ETA, sorry, was posting at the same time as Est - didn't mean to contradict!)

If you and your family like onions, there's pissaladiere, a French type of pizza with an onion topping. I haven't tried this recipe but it gives you the general idea http://thebloomingplatter.blogspot.com/2009/10/julia-childs-veganized-pissaladiere.html I have made something similar with a pizza base rather than pastry.

Est
Dec 29th, 2010, 05:52 PM
Hee hee, it's ok harpy... I was coming at it from a UK perspective and you're right that cheese isn't used on pizza everywhere. It might be fine after all :D

harpy
Dec 29th, 2010, 05:56 PM
You're right, though, that it does depend somewhat on what people are expecting. If Oveeja's relatives are among those who think pizza isn't pizza without cheese, perhaps Oveeja could just make up a new name for it...a "veezza"?

Oveeja
Dec 29th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Thank you est and harpy for the recommendations and dissuasions. I am going to try a cheese-less pizza :) and also thank you for the pages.

harpy
Dec 29th, 2010, 06:35 PM
Good luck Oveeja - please let us know how it goes!

friend
Jun 16th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Simply put , the neatest bit of mozz i ever ate is vegerella, i was made a vegerella panini yesterday in a cafe and it was excellent.:cool::satisfied::):rolleyes: