Have you ever browsed through Pinterest and wanted to make a recipe that instant? Well, one night my fiancee and I were scrolling through Pinterest looking for vegan meal ideas and came across a Pinterest Pin with Deep Dish Pizza ideas. We were short on time because my fiancee fasts for a certain amount of hours everyday, so I cut a few corners and removed then re-added my own twist to it. I did not have time to make the dough and proof it, so we found a pre-made dough in the grocery store that did not have any animal products in it.
First, I added Olive Oil to my skillet, then the onions and green bell peppers at the same time and cooked until they softened. After that, I added spinach to the skillet and allowed them to wilt, which also helped the onions to caramelize on time perfectly. During this time, I also seasoned the vegetables with Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Sage, Black Pepper and Himalayan Salt. I put all of the seasonings in a container, then used half of it for the vegetables and the remaining for the sausage.
I removed the vegetables from the skillet and added the sausage. I did not measure the amount of sausage because this portion is based on how much meat is desired in the dish. As it cooked, I seasoned it with the rest of the seasoning and made sure to separate the pieces into big chunks.
I used a 9 1/2 inch springform pan and the most difficult part about this quick, lazy vegan deep dish pizza was lining the dagnabbit pan. I did not oil the pan, but I did add parchment paper to the bottom, which was so unnecessary. It was difficult trying to peel it off when I was making our plates. DO NOT DO IT! Anyway, after about 5 minutes, yes a full 5 minutes, I was able to get the dough to stick to the edges of the pan. It wasn’t even; nor was it perfect, but it worked.
The first layer was tomato sauce, cheese blend and fresh tomatoes. Afterwards, I added the sausage and the vegetables.
On the second layer, I added the cheese blend, a layer of the tomato sauce and the sausage only.
I repeated the steps from the first layer to create the last layer.
After cooking the dough and ensuring that the cheese melted, the deep dish pizza came out looking magically delicious! I served the pizza with a salad featuring spinach and kale to balance out the bread and cheese in the pizza. It hit the spot! My fiancee has specifically requested that I make this (and my Vegan Crab Cakes) again very soon. So, if you are short on time, but have a comfort food craving, grab a few items from the grocery store and your fridge to make this Vegan Deep Dish Pizza. Enjoy!