{recipe} Italian Sausage Pizza

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[Note from Uncooking101 Team: Oh my goodness! I LOVE pizza, and this one from {Amber Shea Crawley} does not disappoint! It even has "sausage" and "cheese!!" Can it get any BETTER than that!?!?]

From {Practically Raw} by Amber Shea Crawley. ©2012 Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.

Italian Sausage PizzaItalian Sausage Pizza
Servings: 8 personal pizzas

EQUIPMENT
Measuring cups and spoons
Knife
Food processor
High-speed blender
Dehydrator
2 Teflex lined dehydrator trays
Mesh lined dehydtrator tray
Spoon or offset spatula
Baking sheet (optional – if cooking)
Oven (optional – if cooking)
Strainer or colander
Cheesecloth
Large bowl
A weight (something heavy enough to gently compress the cheese)
Small bowl
Wooden spoon

INGREDIENTS FOR CRUST
1 very large or 2 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)
1 small clove garlic, peeled
2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons almond butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup oat flour
1 cup buckwheat flour
3/4 cup ground flaxseed
coconut oil (optional – to grease baking sheet if cooking)

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE
1⁄2 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes and drained
1 small ripe tomato, cored, seeded, and chopped
1 small pitted date
1 small clove garlic, peeled
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄2 to 3⁄4 cup filtered water, as needed to thin

INGREDIENTS FOR “SAUSAGE”
1 cup dry walnuts
1 small clove garlic, peeled
2 Tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

INGREDIENTS FOR “CHEESE”
1 cup macadamia nuts or cashews, soaked for 2 to 4 hours and drained
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

INGREDIENT FOR SERVING
Freshly cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CRUST
1. Combine the zucchini, garlic, nutritional yeast, almond butter, oil, lemon juice, basil, oregano, and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
2. Add the flours and blend again until smooth.
3. Add the flax and blend until well‐incorporated. The batter will be very thick and sticky.

MAKE IT RAW
4. In 8 portions, scoop the batter onto two Teflex‐lined dehydrator trays (4 scoops per tray).
5. Using a spoon or small offset spatula (moistened with water), spread each portion into a round crust shape about 1⁄4 inch thick. 6. Dehydrate for 2 hours, until dry on top.
7. Flip over onto a mesh‐lined tray and peel off the Teflex sheet. Dehydrate for 4 to 6 more hours, until firm (though not crisp).


MAKE IT COOKED

4. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking sheet with coconut oil.
5. In 8 portions, scoop the batter onto the baking sheet.
6. Using a spoon or small offset spatula (moistened with water), spread each portion into a round crust shape about 1/4 inch thick. 7. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip the crusts over with a spatula.
8. Bake for 7 to 8 more minutes, until dry and lightly browned.
9. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before handling.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAUCE
1. Combine combine all sauce ingredients, including 1/2 cup water, in a high‐speed blender and blend to combine.
2. Add more water, 2 Tablespoons at a time, as needed to help it blend smoothly.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SAUSAGE

1. Combine the walnuts and garlic in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground.
2. Add all remaining sausage ingredients and pulse until well‐combined.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHEESE
1. Combine the nuts, water, and probiotic powder in a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
2. Line a strainer or colander with a double layer of cheesecloth, letting the excess cheesecloth hang over the sides.
3. Place the strainer over a large bowl and pour the cheese mixture into the cheesecloth, then fold the excess over the cheese so it is covered.
4. Place a weight on top that is heavy enough to gently compress the cheese without pushing it through the cheesecloth.
5. Place the bowl with the strainer on the countertop for 24 hours to allow the cheese to culture at room temperature.
6. After at least 24 (and no more than 48) hours, take the cheese out of the strainer and unwrap it from the cheesecloth, placing it in a small bowl.
7. Add the nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and salt and stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon to incorporate.
8. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 8 hours or overnight before using.

SERVING THE PIZZA
1. Top each pizza crust with 3 tablespoons of the pizza sauce.
2. Scatter the “sausage” bits evenly across the pizzas.
3. Crumble 2 Tablespoons of the cheese onto each pizza.
4. Top with freshly cracked black pepper, and serve.

SUBSTITUTIONS
Tomato: 1/2 small red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
Date: 1 teaspoon {your favorite liquid sweetener}
Basic Nut Cheese: 1 cup store-bought vegan shredded mozzarella cheese
Tamari: soy sauce, nama shoyu, or liquid aminos

VARIATION
Replace the “sausage” with your favorite pizza toppings. Try bell pepper strips, chopped olives, sliced mushrooms, diced red onion, fresh basil, or anything else you please.

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