Make this recipe for Vegan Deep Dish Pizza for dinner tonight! Baked in a cast iron skillet this pizza has a THICK crust and is topped with melty vegan mozzarella, garlicky red sauce, and homemade vegan sausage crumbles. It’s easy to make and extremely delicious… and addicting! If you like thick crust pizza, you will LOVE this.
Also, if the pizza doesn’t have you drooling – LOOK at the 12 inch FINEX Cast Iron Skillet from Made Trade. That octagon shape is so cool and the handle too!! We have been obsessed with using it for so many recipes from baked pasta to THIS vegan deep dish pizza! We did a little A/B test with our other cast iron pan and the FINEX skillet is way more heavy duty so the pizza came out more even and better when using it.
This Vegan Cast Iron Pizza is one of our favorite pizza recipes to date. We used Miyokos brand mozzarella cheese. Miyokos really does amazing stuff, their cheese is one of the best commercial vegan brands out there right now. We used the fresh mozzarella but I know they will be coming out with shredded versions soon. I can’t wait for that!
We also used our Italian Sausage Crumbles recipe but modified a little bit. Instead of baking the crumbles in the oven first, like in the original recipe, you’ll want to put them straight on the pizza when they’re moist instead. This just ensures the crumbles don’t get too dried out when you’re cooking the pizza. This recipe is super quick to make and tastes close to the real deal. It’s the perfect pizza topping!
This recipe for vegan deep dish pizza is easy to put together. Most of the time making it is spent letting the dough rest. This cast iron skillet from Made Trade is 12 inches so if you only have a 10 inch pan, you may want to leave some of the dough out. Or if you want to make an EXTRA thick pizza, I’m on board with that decision too 😉! Just remember to put your pan on the bottom rack so the dough is close to the heat and can cook throughout.
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Deep-dish pizza with melted vegan mozzarella and vegan Italian sausage crumbles. Saucy, melty, gooey, garlicky, easy to make, delicious!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 4 ounces vegan mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup green bell peppers sliced thin
In a mixing bowl (the one for your stand-mixer, if using) whisk together flour, sea salt, sugar, and active dry yeast.
Add warm water and mix with a spoon until just combined and the mixture forms a shaggy dough. Let rest for 15 minutes.
After resting, knead the dough in your stand-mixer or by hand for 10 minutes.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Flour your hands and knead for an additional 1-2 minutes, adjusting the texture with extra flour if necessary to create a smooth, soft dough.
Place the dough in an oiled bowl, cover and rest for an hour, or until the dough has doubled in size. Rest the dough in a warm room in your house for better results.
When the dough has doubled in size, pre-heat your oven to 500°F and brush olive oil on the bottom and sides of a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
Stretch the dough over the bottom of the skillet to the edges. Use your thumbs to push the crust up the edges to make a thick crust. Let the dough rest another 10 minutes in the skillet before adding your toppings.
In a medium pot, stir together wet ingredients: water, liquid smoke, soy sauce and maple syrup. Heat on medium until the mixture comes to a light boil.
Meanwhile, in a separate bowl mix dry ingredients: TVP, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, sage, fennel, thyme and black pepper. Stir into pot and lower the heat.
Cover the pot and heat on low for 5 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Spread pizza sauce onto your pizza dough. Add cheese, sausage crumbles, and any other toppings you like. Then, bake on the bottom rack of your oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.