Friday, November 2, 2012

Thai Pizza

This pizza unites two of my favorite foods: pizza and Thai food.


Sauce:
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, grated
Juice of 1 lime
2 Tbsp. shoyu or tamari
2 Tbsp. Asian hot sauce such as Sriracha or chile garlic paste, or Thai curry paste (red or yellow)
1/3 c. all natural peanutbutter

Pizza:
1/2 cake of tofu (8 oz.), sliced into thin small rectangles
1/2 a red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 a red onion, thinly sliced
6 crimini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced
Vegan cheese
2 large or 4 small scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 c. (large handful) cilantro, minced

1) To prepare the sauce, whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Preheat the oven according to the directions for the crust you are using.

2) To prepare the tofu, rinse it off and pat dry. Using only 1/2 of the cake (most are 16 oz., so you need 8 oz), slice it cross wise into thin rectangles. Lay the rectangles in a stack and then cut them in half lengthwise, and then into smaller rectangles cross wise. (In other words, get the tofu sliced into small, thin rectangles). Heat a little oil in a saute pan over medium high heat, and fry the tofu until browned on both sides - this will take about 5 minutes for the first side and 3 minutes for the second side. Set the tofu on a plate lined with paper towels and set aside when it's done frying.

3) To assemble the pizza, spread the sauce evenly over the crust. Place the peppers, mushrooms and onions evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle vegan cheese over the vegetables and then scatter the thinly sliced scallions over the cheese.

4) Bake the pizza according to the directions for the crust you are using. When it is done baking sprinkle the cilantro over the top and serve.

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