Whenever there is a big sporting event on television, like, say, the Superbowl, I enjoy creating a meal of vegan “football” food, even it is just Alan and me at home to enjoy it. While I wouldn’t exactly call it healthy, at least there is no animal fat or cholesterol. And, hey, it’s a holiday, right?
My meal plan for the day included potato skins, spicy Buffalo “wings,” and Mandarin orange “chicken” nuggets. Oh, and I didn’t skip the vegetables. Raw carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli with a little ranch dressing for dipping. And pizza! Nothing like vegan pizza on game day.
There is only so much room in the belly, though. Because we were at home, we didn’t have a spread of appetizers to nibble on all day. Instead, the meal that you see above was for dinner. And I knew that as much as I love pizza, it would have just been too much.
So, that meant we got have pizza for dinner the next day! I decided to try something a little different and skip the regular pizza sauce. Instead I used olive oil infused with a lot of garlic and fresh slices of tomato. Add mushrooms and carmelized onions, I have to say… It. Was. Great!
- Pizza Crust – I used Trader Joes crust. You can make your own if you like.
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- ⅛ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 cup vegan cheese (I used Daiya mozzarella)
- ¾ cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Carmelize the onions in the olive oil. This takes about 45 minutes, so do it first. Find great instructions for carmelizing onions here.
- Add the minced garlic and salt to the ⅛ cup olive oil and set aside.
- Preheat the oven (and pizza stone if you use one) to 450 degrees
- Roll out the crust to your desired thickness (flour the board first)
- Take the pre-heated pizza stone out of the oven and transfer the pizza crust to it.
- Spoon the garlic oil onto the crust and spread evenly over the crust.
- Spread the sliced tomatoes over the oil.
- Add the “cheese,” spreading it evenly over the pizza
- Add the mushrooms and top with the carmelized onions
- Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.
So as 49er fans, Alan and I were disappointed in the outcome of the game. I was also disappointed in the commercials. With the exception of a few (God made farmers was awesome), I thought they were too violent, yet still bland, and in some cases just gross. As I read on another blog, when did it become uncomfortable to watch the Superbowl with younger kids in the room? Anyway, if you know me, you can probably guess my favorite commercial. And if you can’t guess, just watch it.
So, if you watched the Superbowl, what did you snack on? Did you have a favorite commercial?