How many times have you been seriously craving pizza when the only plant-based option you can find is with vegetables and tomato sauce? We’ve all been there, but you’ll never have to miss out on the cheesy, meaty goodness of a pizza again! And best of all, you can enjoy tasty knowing it contains no animal products.
This recipe will allow you to create your own vegan pizzas and calzones from the comfort of your own home. Using this recipe as a base, you can mix it up each time by adding your favorite vegan toppings (go ahead and add pineapple; we won’t judge you).
If you’re in a rush, you can make this pizza using store-bought dough, so you can assemble your pizza in minutes. But, below, we also include an easy vegan pizza dough recipe that only requires a few ingredients.
What to use instead of meat on your vegan pizza and calzone?
Being vegan has never been easier with the introduction of plant-based meats. You can find plant-based versions of just about any of your favorite meat products, including those commonly found on pizza. Vegan pepperoni, ham and chicken are just some of the options available to you, especially if you live in a larger city. But in this recipe, we’ve included our favorite topping, our plant-based jerky.
We’ve chosen our black pepper & sea salt jerky, but you can use any of our vegan jerky to add meaty flavor and texture to your pizzas and calzones. Even if you live somewhere where you don’t have access to vegan meat substitutes you can still order our jerky directly to your door.
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For the pizza recipe, you can simply spread the jerky pieces directly on top. For our calzone recipe, we saute the jerky with 2 tbsp of water or veg stock, onions and mushrooms until softened.
What to use instead of dairy cheese on your vegan pizza and calzone?
Cheese is one thing that makes pizza a pizza. It just isn’t the same without it. That ooey stretchy goodness as you pick up your slice is unmatched. Vegan cheese brands are really upping their game, creating different types of cheese for different uses. Some are made not to melt, to be served on charcuterie boards or added to sandwiches. Others are the perfect consistency for pizza!
Some of our favorite vegan cheeses are from Follow Your Heart, which is the brand we’ve chosen to use in the recipe. We use both the vegan mozzarella and the vegan parmesan. The mozzarella melts perfectly on the pizza, while being milder in taste. The parmesan has a more nutty, acidic taste which helps to add dimension to the flavor of the pizza.
Also make sure to try out this vegan Mozzarella made specifically for using on pizza from our friends at Miyokos.
How to make your own vegan pizza dough
Almost all pizza dough is already vegan. The basic pizza dough formula is just water, flour, yeast, and salt. There is no need to use animal products to make pizza dough, although if you’re using a store-bought dough then check the ingredients as some contain whey, which is a by-product of cheese.
Vegan pizza dough is very easy to make. You just need a few ingredients and some patience as you wait for the yeast to activate and for the dough to rise. This usually takes about 30 minutes.
To make vegan pizza dough, dissolve the yeast and ½ tablespoon of sugar into warm water. Leave it to sit for around 10 minutes, until it’s foamy. The water should be warm, but not hot. If it’s too hot, then it will kill the yeast and it won’t work.
While you’re waiting for your yeast to activate, combine the flour, salt, garlic powder and the rest of the sugar in a bowl. Stir it until it’s well combined. Once the yeast is activated you can stir it into the dry ingredients, along with the olive oil and knead it together until it forms the dough. If you find that the dough is too sticky, then you can add a bit of extra flour until it’s the right consistency.
Cover the bowl with your dough with a damp towel and leave it to rise until it is about double the size.
Tips for making your own vegan pizza
Here are some of our top tips to make the perfect vegan pizza:
- Ensure that your oven is very hot. Don’t put your pizza into the oven until it’s preheated to full temperature, or the crust won’t get crispy.
- Don’t overdo the toppings. If you add too much sauce or cheese your pizza will become soggy.
- Use a circular baking tray/sheet pan to ensure that your pizza holds together and cooks evenly.
Vegan Pizza and Calzone Recipe
Vegan Pizza and Calzone Recipe
For the dough
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 packets fast-acting yeast
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- You will divide the dough into two; half for the pizza half for the calzone.
For the toppings
- 1 bag of It’s Jerky Y’all black pepper & sea salt jerky
- 1 cup of pizza sauce of choice 3/4 cup for pizza, ¼ for calzone
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms of choice
- 1 red onion sliced.
- ¼ cup of veg stock or water
- Vegan mozzarella
- Vegan parmesan
- If you are making your own pizza dough, follow the instructions above to make the dough.
- Slice up the mushrooms and red onions.
- Take half of your toppings and saute them with half the bag of It’s Jerky Y’all plant-based jerky along with the veg stock or water to make the filling for your calzone.
- Preheat your oven to 400˚F.
- Flour your surface and begin by rolling out the dough for your pizza. Try to make it as even as possible, but it doesn’t matter if it’s a perfect circle or not.
- Transfer your pizza dough to a baking tray and drizzle it with half of your olive oil.
- Assemble your pizza, first with your pizza sauce and then adding on the vegan cheese, mushrooms, and vegan jerky.
- Roll out the dough for your calzone, leaving it slightly thicker than that of the pizza dough.
- Add the remaining pizza sauce and your sauteed ingredients and then fold in half, pinching the edges to secure.
- Put both the pizza and the calzone into the oven for 15 minutes until they are golden brown.