The Intrigue of the Pizza: balsamic beets, sweet corn & cauliflower basil ricotta

Sometimes, you scratch your brain for ideas when you’re hungry and come up with more than just popcorn + spices. Sometimes, you really regret baking tofu for lunch the night before, because that *so* could have started a tofu scramble revolution for dinner. Sometimes, the thought of simply roasting your beets and having a side of this or that just seems silly. Most of the time, when it’s two days before payday, yet you have the time on your hands to truly cook dinner, you can’t help but hope creativity wins out over desperation and random produce.

This is one of those dinner stories. The Intrigue of the Pizza.

It begins with a mind stuck on tofu ricotta topped pizza. The chapter continues with the boiling of cauliflower,  journeys into a patch of beets, and concludes with a food processor and fresh basil.

cauliflower basil ricotta

Cauliflower Basil Ricotta. Basically, I substituted semi-boiled cauliflower and a small handful of cashews for the primary component of the tofu ricotta recipe in Veganomicon. I added more basil, nutritional yeast and a bit of miso to overpower the ‘flower.

The pizza had both creative toppings and very particular slicing.  The dough was spread with a thin layer of the cauliflower basil ricotta, and topped with balsamic roasted beet cubes, sweet corn, pine nuts, spicy vegan Italian sausage and fresh tomato. As for my fridge, it now solely holds carrots and condiments.

clean out the fridge vegan pizza

5 thoughts on “The Intrigue of the Pizza: balsamic beets, sweet corn & cauliflower basil ricotta

  1. That looks like a yummy combination of pizza toppings that I’d love to try! I was just thinking about a cauliflower cheese dish I tried and I wondered whether pureed cauliflower would work in ricotta… It sounds great, especially with the cashews in there too.

  2. The cauliflower cheese idea is brilliant and those beets look delicious. I would leave corn off of mine, but that’s the beauty of pizza – you can leave or add any old thing and it’s still sooo good.

  3. That looks absolutely wonderful. I would so much want to eat a piece of that pizza. thanks for sharing I will have to try it someday. Keep up the great work and thanks for all the wonderful stuff you share with us.

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