Friday, February 13, 2009

If your pizza doesn't have cheese can you really call it pizza?

Not really. Cheese-less pizza is just bread with sauce on it. I miss pizza. Others can say what they like, but there truly is no substitute for chewy, melty, delicious cheese. Mmmmm.

Okay, enough pining over what we cannot have, lets move onto what we can have to (semi) fill that craving. Below you will find how to order of make 4 different categories of pizza dairy and egg free!

Carryout- Pre-allergies, we used to order out pizza delivery about twice a month. It was nice to have a night or two off cooking. When we first went dairy free we went a few months without pizza and then one day I was absolutely craving it. I got online and found that, lo and behold, Papa John's crust and sauce is dairy free! Hooray! It is nice to have a delivery option for those days when you need it. I usually order online. There are a lot of coupon codes out there if you do a google search and you can usually get a free or really cheap second pizza with a code. I recommend ordering a marinara dipping sauce or two because the sauce they put on can dry out a bit with no cheese to keep it soft.

Frozen- Amy's Kitchen's Roasted Veggie Pizza. Frozen pizza was one of my fall back, oh crud it is 4:50 and I haven't started dinner yet, dinners. This isn't the best replacement (mostly because my husband wont eat it because of the artichokes) but it tastes pretty good to me and fills the gap. They tend to be kind of expensive for their size, but occasionally you can find them on sale for under 6 dollars. When you tack on I have to buy a regular frozen pizza for my husband it doesn't make sense for me to buy them very often. I usually add olives and sweet corn because I think the toppings are a bit skimpy. Over all, though, the sauce is very tasty and the crust is better then normal frozen pizzas.

Sort of homemade- If you are in the mood to make your own "pizza" you have a couple options. Pillsbury's thin crust pizza dough is dairy free and so are a few pre baked shells at various grocery stores. Add some sauce, some pepperoni, and some olives, bake according to the directions on the can and you are good to go.

Quick and dirty- Lately I have been making "pizza" bagels every so often. They are very simple and actually pretty good. Here is my recipe:

(Serves 2 adults the own bagel and 2 children a half bagel each)

- 3 bagels cut in half
- half a jar of spaghetti sauce
- One small can of chopped black olives
- 3 slices of Canadian bacon chopped into bite sized pieces
-Additional pizza toppings of your choice
- garlic powder
- salt


1. Preheat oven to 4oo degrees
2. Spread each bagel with a liberal amount of sauce
3. Sprinkle toppings on bagel
4. Dollop more sauce on top of the toppings
5. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt (salt is important since cheese is missing and cheese is salty)
6. Bake for 12-17 minutes (depending on high you mounded your toppings) and serve.

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