April 23, 2016 – Pizza Buffet

Saturday, April 23, 2016
VBC Meeting #38: Pizza Buffet
Host of the Month: Slynn and Ramon
Location: Denton, TX

For our thirty-eighth meeting we put together a vegan pizza buffet, including a handful of dessert pizzas (pizzerts? pizzarts?), that we consumed on Slynn and Ramon’s pleasant front porch.

pizza buffet porch

This is what we made:

vegan pizza buffet plate

And this:

vegan pizzerts

Shannon: Garlic bread

Shannon made a garlic bread recipe she found on the Guy Gone Vegan blog, a site full of veganized versions of Guy Fieri recipes. The bread was spread with a mix of Veganeaise, butter, Italian-y spices, paprika, crushed red pepper, Italian Parsley, Fresh Basil, and two heads (yeah, heads, not cloves!) of roasted garlic. She baked the garlicked bread then layered it with sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil.

vegan garlic bread

John: Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza; Jel Shots.

For his pizza themed item, John topped store-bought pizza crust with yellow cake mix, chocolate chips, and brown sugar.

vegan chocolate chip cookie pizzert

He made Jel shots for another party he was going to on this day and brought us some of the extras. He made a cherry Jel dessert shot with lime juice and citrus vodka and and orange flavored Jel with orange juice from fresh oranges and some raspberry vodka.

vegan Jel shots

Caroline: Back-to-Basics Vinaigrette Salad

Caroline made a salad using Dreena Burton’s Back-to-Basics Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe from the Eat, Drink & Be Vegan cookbook. She chopped up and baked some ciabatta bread for croutons that she added to the lettuce, carrot, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber salad.

Caroline's vinaigrette salad

Drew: Veggie Ciabatta

Drew made a cashew, basil, spinach pesto served on ciabatta bread slices with tomato and avocado.

avocado ciabatta

Billy: Home Grown Salad with Creamy White Dressing

Billy used his home grown lettuce and radishes to build a salad that also featured avocado, carrot shreds, and pecans. His dressing included Tofutti sour cream, soy yogurt, almond milk, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

Billy's vegan ranch salad

Ramon: Pepperoni and Roasted Eggplant Calzones

Ramon gets the elaborate award for making these pocket-sized calzones from scratch. For the ricotta, he soaked raw cashews for five hours before blending them with nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and spices. He made his own pepperoni with beans, vital wheat gluten, and spices that included fresh ground anise and peppercorn. He also prepared roasted eggplant with a maple balsamic glaze and concocted a sauce with canned tomatoes, pepper, onion, and mushrooms.

vegan eggplant pepperoni calzone

Because he couldn’t envision a pizza buffet without it, he also made a very big bowl of ranch dressing consisting mostly of vegan mayonnaise plus almond milk, apple cider vinegar, fresh parsley from the garden, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Ramon the rancher

Ramon's vat of vegan ranch

Taylor: Earthy Pizza

Taylor’s pizza seemed equal parts hearty, healthy, and indulgent. She made a wheat flour crust topped with tomato, sun dried tomato, arugula, basil, portabella mushroom, olive oil, and garlic.

Taylor's earthy pizza

Lauren: Spinach Alfredo Pizza; Cinnamon Stromboli

Lauren made a spinach alfredo pizza on homemade crust. She made the sauce with almond milk, nutritional yeast, flour, garlic, salt, and pepper. To the pizza she added spinach, Daiya Mozzarella style shreds, and a sprinkling of vegan Parmesan made with ground almonds, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, lemon juice, sea salt, and pepper.

vegan alfredo pizza

For dessert, Lauren made a cinnamon stromboli modeled after the one offered on Pizza Inn’s buffet. She spread cinnamon, sugar, vegan butter, and pecans onto more of the homemade pizza dough, folded it over, and baked it. Once baked, she drizzled it with vanilla icing, cinnamon, and sugar.

vegan cinnamon stromboli

Slynn: Oreo Pizzart

Slynn made a standard pizza dough for her dessert. She topped it with crushed Oreos, vanilla icing, and melted chocolate. Check out the ghost hand that cut the pizzart!

vegan oreo pizzart

Lilly: Ginger Apple Pie

Lilly sautéed some fresh organic apples with powdered ginger to fill her pie. She basted the apples with ginger butter that she made with ginger syrup and Earth Balance vegan butter. For fanciness, she brushed apple butter on the edges of the pie for looks.

ginger apple pie

After filling up on vegan pizza buffet, we finished the day off with a good walk.

vbc walking

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