Cornmeal Crusted Flatbread Pizza

(With a Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce)
Vegan
Serves 4
Prep time: 45 minutes

Total time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Cost: $14.75*

Ingredients


Dough:
1 tbsp yeast
1 tsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cup warm water, divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup organic corn meal
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Sauce:
1 organic red pepper, sliced julienne
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tsp salt
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp vinegar
Water for soaking

Toppings:
2 Vegan Italian Sausages (Tofurkey or Field Roast Brand), sliced thin
1 bag of organic frozen corn
1 cup organic baby spinach, chopped
1 onion, sliced into thin rings and sautéed
1 batch of vegan parmesan cheese: here

Instructions
Begin by preparing the dough for the crust.  In a stand mixer with a dough hook, add yeast, warm water, and maple syrup to the bowl.  Let sit until the yeast is foamy, about 5-7 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and mix until a ball of dough forms.  I'm sure you could do this in a regular bowl by hand as well, it just may take some extra elbow grease and arm strength! 

Cover the bowl with a clean towel and let sit for 1-2 hours until double in size.  

Meanwhile, prepare the roasted red pepper cream sauce. Fill a 1 cup measuring cup halfway with cashews, and then add 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds on top of that.  Now fill the measuring cup all the way to the top with warm water.  Set aside.

Sauté the red pepper in 2-3 tbsp of water until soft.  Add red pepper, the 1 cup sunflower seed/cashew/water mixture, and remaining ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.  

Preheat oven to 400F

Prepare two baking sheets by sprinkling with cornmeal. When the dough has risen, divide into 4 equal portions.  Individually roll each ball of dough out to form a 1/4 inch thick flatbread.  Lay on the prepared baking sheet.  Top with red pepper cream sauce, sautéed onions, sliced sausages, corn, and spinach.   

Bake pizzas for 25-30 minutes.  Top with vegan parmesan and enjoy!

*The cost of all my recipes will depend on the season and expense of produce at that time.  I don't expect the cost to be any higher than the price I list above.

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