Happy Vegan Pizza Day!

30 Jun

This is coming in a little late, but I had to jump on to wish you all a very merry Vegan Pizza Day!  I still remember my first vegan pizza.  It was from zpizza, a dairy-free “Tuscan,” topped with daiya mozzerella, lots of mushrooms, roasted garlic, caramelized onions, truffle oil, and thyme.  I almost ate the whole thing before I even got home, it was so delectable.  Better yet, it convinced me I could do this whole vegan thing, after all!

So on this holiest of vegan holy days, I decided to treat myself to one of daiya’s latest creations – PIZZA!  There are actually a lot of restaurants in LA that partake in Vegan Pizza Day, but I’m on a budget and I already had this beauty in my freezer.

Daiya Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza

Daiya Mushroom and Roasted Garlic Pizza

One thing I didn’t realize until I was heating up my oven, is that this bad boy is gluten-free!  That’s pretty cool, and it makes a lot of sense since a big chunk of daiya’s business is thanks to gluten- and dairy-adverse celiacs.  It also explains the price tag.  $10 for a frozen pizza is not a good deal unless you really need to eat gluten-free.   I, thankfully, do not.

The instructions called to preheat the oven to a whooping 500*, almost more than I could stand in the middle of a heatwave, but I cranked up the oven and preheated my fancy new Emile Henry pizza stone.  After cooking the pizza for a few minutes, I realized the oven had heated up to 550*!  I didn’t even know my oven could get that hot.  Part of the crust began to burn and I had to crank it down a lot in order to balance out the temperature.  Eek!  The high heat needed to melt the cheese and the delicate gluten-free crust do not mesh well.

I managed to salvage it and was left with a pretty delicious pizza.  Not one I would serve to guests or even my picky husband, but still, pretty good. The crust was buttery, thin, and crispy – very impressive for being gluten-free. There was lots of cheese but just a sprinkling of diced mushrooms, unfortunately.  Also, I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer daiya melted on sandwiches or tossed in cheesy pasta dishes, rather than on pizza.  It’s just a little too gooey and creamy for my pizza needs.  Still delicious, just not perfect!

All and all, I don’t think I’ll be buying another daiya pizza.  I don’t need to eat gluten-free and $10 is too much money for frozen food.

I hope the rest of you had an excellent Vegan Pizza Day!  How did you celebrate?  Take-out, frozen, or homemade?


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