Cook1 hr 40 mins
A recipe entered to support the 2+5 Challenge held in the Veg*n Forum during December 2005-January 2006
- 4 russet potatoes, at least 1-1/2 inches thick
- 1 small onion, sliced (for topping)
- 28 ounces tomatoes, crushed
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons garlic, crushed
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons oregano, dried
- cayenne pepper or hot sauce, to taste
Bean Cream (uncheese)
- 15 ounces can cannellini beans
- 1⁄3 cup lemon juice
- 1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Thoroughly wash the russet potatoes to remove all surface dirt. Scrub with a vegetable brush if necessary. For uniform baking it is important for each potato to be approximately the same thickness, but in no case should they be less than 1-1/2 inches thick.
- Hold a potato on its side and carefully slice the potato lengthwise into three equal width slices.
- Place each slice (12 total for the 4 potatoes used) on a large non-stick baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until the inner portions of the potatoes are soft and the cut surfaces are beginning to brown. While the potato slices are baking, wash and peel the onions and garlic. Dice the onions, crush the garlic, and put into a covered baking dish. Mix in the pepper and cook on "high" in your microwave oven for about 3 to 4 minutes until the onions start to become translucent.
- When the onions and garlic are cooked, add the crushed tomatoes and oregano, mix, cover, and cook for about another 30 minutes (mixing every 10 minutes) until the sauce thickens. A little trick to aid during the thickening process which allows evaporation without splashing: place the end of a wooden toothpick between the lid and the baking dish, with one end sticking out so you can hold it while removing the lid. When the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency, remove from the microwave oven.
- While the sauce is cooking, open the can of beans and pour off the liquid. Place the beans in the container of your blender, add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and corn starch, and run the blender at high speed until the contents are creamy smooth.
- Wash, peel, and slice the onion for the topping.
- When the potatoes are baked, remove from the oven and set on a wire rack. The sauce and the bean cream should also be ready. As quickly as possible, spread a layer of the bean cream on each potato slice. Carefully spoon on the tomato sauce and top with the onion rings (each step is shown in the photo to the left). Place back in the oven and turn up the heat to 400 degrees F. for approximately another 20 minutes.
- When the pizza potatoes are baked, remove from the oven, and set on a wire rack. When the pizza potatoes have partially cooled, they can be picked up and eaten as "finger food.".
These were super good. They worked for both my needs (vegan) and my husband's (celiac) and tasted great. I was able to make them in less than an hour. I sped up the potato cooking time by putting the slices in the microwave for about 4 minutes on each side. I cooked the sauce in a saucepan on the stove. Then, I just browned the potatoes in the oven for ten minutes or so while I made the bean cream and finished the sauce. I had lots of cream and sauce leftover so I mixed them together and put them in the fridge. Later I had that mixture with tortilla chips --- sort of like a queso dip --- and it was really good! I only put two onion slivers on each "pizza" and added two kalamata olive halves as well. I think I will have fun experimenting with toppings when I make this again in the future. Mushrooms would be good. I told my husband he could put shredded cheese on his, but he didn't even bother because they were so good!
Wow, there was no added fat to this recipe! I never made "un-cheese" before either. Not so sure it tasted like cheese, but it was good and tangy! Melted nicely. Halved the recipe, and as a result I only cooked the tomato sauce 20 minutes in microwave (while potatoes were cooking) until it was more than sufficiently reduced. However, I left potatoes in for 5-10 minutes longer than recommended time. Half the cheese recipe was more than enough to cover two potatoes. I used canned fire roasted tomatoes. Mmmm! Also, note I was able to make this recipe in about an hour and a half, much less time than indicated amount. BF and I both liked the intense and tangy taste of this pizza. So healthful and too good not to try! Thank you!