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Monday, October 28, 2013

Cheeseless Pizza

It sounds like pure heresy, no?

Unfortunately, my little girl is dairy-intolerant.  She's also a little iffy with soy foods and I'm not a fan of pretend foods, so a store-bought cheese substitute (which is usually soy-based) is out.  And that soy cheeze stuff doesn't melt well anyway.

So I went looking for *something* that would give that rich, mouth-round texture and flavor to a cheese-less pizza and found this sauce here.  I have made this sauce a couple of different ways now, and I have to say, each way was worked wonderfully.

You really do not miss the cheese.  I mean, I am highly motivated to find alternatives to my favorite cheesy foods because of my daughter, but my other two kids will spit out anything they don't find up to snuff, and this pizza sauce passed muster with them.

Even though we don't need to be tomato-free at our house, I did not use any tomato sauce with this pizza.  The garlic sauce is, well, a sauce after all, not a firm cheese-like product and two sauces just seemed too much.  You could absolutely use some sliced tomatoes as a topping though.

Extra bonus, as a way to enjoy a cheese-loaded favorite without the cheese (and also can be tomato-free), it's a boon for the dialysis diet.  Feeding two birds with one stone, if you will ;)

As far as the garlic goes, I like this sauce both with roasted garlic and sauteed garlic.  The flavors *are* different, so I'd say use whichever you prefer.  To roast a head of garlic, slice the top third or so off the whole head, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil and bake an hour or more at 350F.  Or if you're grilling, put the foil-wrapped garlic on the top rack in your grill and leave it there while the grill cools.

Cheese-free Pizza Sauce
Makes 1/2 cup (enough for 2 pizzas)

1 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic (raw or roasted), finely minced
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tsp italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Saute the garlic in the oil until fragrant (this will take about 5 seconds with roasted garlic).  Stir in flour.  Cook 1 minute over medium heat.  Whisk in the liquids.  Add spices and herbs.  Simmer about 5 minutes until thickened.  Fridge or freeze sauce until needed. Pin It

1 comment:

  1. Made this with 2 tsp nutritional yeast added as well