Vegan Grilled Pizza with Options
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A couple friends of mine usually make grilled pizza when I visit and I am addicted to the crispy, smoky quality of this dish.
Serves: 4 servings
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus additional for oiling the dough
  • ½ cup vegan sausage (such as GimmeLean)
  • 1 cup thick tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 6 to 8 black olives
  1. In a small bowl, proof the yeast in the water and sugar to ensure that it is active.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, and salt. Add the yeast solution and 3 tablespoons olive oil and gently work together until dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough until it is silky smooth and no longer clings to your hands. Roll it into a ball, lightly oil it, and place it in a large mixing bowl. Cover the bowl and let the dough rise for 1 hour.
  4. Break up the sausage and sauté in the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over a medium heat until browned.
  5. Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  6. Punch down the risen dough and roll it into a ball. Lightly flour a flat surface. Roll the dough out into a ½-inch high disc.
  7. Lay the dough in a deep dish iron skillet, circular baking pan, or pie dish. Roll the edge over to make the outer part thicker than the inner part. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Transfer the crust to a cookie sheet. Spread the tomato sauce on top, followed by the soy sausage, basil, and olives.
  9. Light the grill and allow the flames to die down. Grill the pizza until the crust is crispy, but not burnt.
Oven Option: Continue baking it for another 10 minutes instead of grilling it.

Roasted Vegetable Version: Omit the vegan sausage and olives and use roasted red peppers, artichokes, and eggplant instead.

Pesto Version: Use Chef Jason's dairy-free pesto for spreading instead of tomato sauce.

Cheese Alternative: If using cheese alternative, close the lid while grilling to help the heat circulate to the top of the pizza.

Time Management: Light your grill just before you roll out the pizza, giving the flames just enough time to die down.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at