Do you love pizza as much as I do? Then you will love this vegan pizza recipe: Truffle Shiitake Pizza!
Pizza lovers, this one’s for you! I know how difficult it is to be a pizza lover and vegan at once! But being vegan does not, in any way, mean that we have to give up on pizzas. We can always opt for the vegan versions of usual pizzas – and let me tell you, they taste just as amazing, too! You will love this vegan pizza recipe!
So, today I will be sharing the recipe of Truffle Shiitake Pizza, which is vegan and plant-based. Wondering how to prepare a vegan Truffle Shiitake Pizza? Well, you know you can rely on me for the easiest and most delicious recipes, right? But before we begin with how to prepare a vegan Truffle Shiitake Pizza, let’s understand why I have chosen truffle and shiitake mushrooms as the star ingredients of this delicious pizza. Let’s get started:
Shiitake is the most popular member of the mushroom family across the world. Of course, it has immense health benefits, which we will be talking about in a bit. But along with this, it also lends amazing taste to your food.
Shiitakes are native to East Asia and are used in almost every cuisine in the world. Low in calories and rich in fiber, shiitakes are super rich in vitamin B and a range of other essential minerals. These include manganese, selenium, folate, and zinc.
Shiitake mushrooms contain just as much amino acid content as there is in meat. This is also why they are the perfect substitutes for meat – especially for vegans. These mushrooms are very easy to use in various preparations, as they are available in both fresh and dried forms. The ‘umami’ taste of shiitake is what makes them the perfect addition to soups, stir-fried dishes, stews, or pizzas – just like today’s vegan Truffle Shiitake Pizza.
If truffles aren’t something you use often in your diet, well, it’s time to! And no, I do not mean truffles as in deserts, I am talking about the truffle – a type of fungus that grows near the roots of certain trees. Now, what makes this unusual ingredient widely used across the world? Let’s understand.
Rich in carbs, protein, and fiber, truffles also contain saturated and unsaturated fats. Along with this, they feature essential nutrients such as sodium, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese. High in antioxidants, truffles also help our bodies to deal with inflammation. This prepares our bodies to deal with a range of lifestyle illnesses.
The antibacterial properties of truffles help the body fight against specific, illness-inducing bacteria. Additionally, the anti-inflammatory properties of truffles contribute to destroying the growth of cancer cells in the human body too.
Like shiitakes, truffles too, are super easy to add to our meals. You can add it to salads, soups, sauces, pasta, risottos, and a variety of other dishes. The distinct flavor of truffles is sure to elevate the taste of any recipe you add it to.
Now that we know everything we need to about the ingredients, let’s have a look at how to prepare a vegan Truffle Shiitake Pizza:
- Stand mixer
For the dough- Inspired by DoubleZero
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 cup water heated at 100F
- 3 cups flour type double 00
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil + extra for oiling
For the pizza
- 1 1/2 cup vegan mozzarella
- 1 cup dry shiitake mushrooms hydrated and drained
- 1 tbsp black truffle oil
- 1 handful arugula
For the dough
- In the bowl of the stand mixer, fitted with the dough hook attachment dissolve the yeast and sugar in the heated water.
- Add the double 00 flour and mix low for 10 minutes.
- Add the salt and mix for 2 more minutes.
- Add the EVOO and mix for 2 more minutes.
- Place the dough in an oiled bowl and let rise at room temperature covered with a damp towel for 40 minutes.
- Form a ball with the dough, and cover with a damp towel for 40 more minutes at room temperature.
For the Assembly
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and use your hands to flatten and stretch the dough into a round. Use your fingertips to press the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. It will be around 16 inches in diameter.
- Brush the top of the dough with the black truffle olive oil, spread the vegan mozzarella over the crust, and place the shiitake mushrooms on top in even layers.
- Bake the pizza until the crust is browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Take out and garnish with arugula and drizzle some extra black truffle olive oil.