Thursday, May 10, 2007
Usually once a week I mock up a pizza of some sort. I keep a couple of store bought whole-wheat pizza shells in the freezer, and then it's just a matter of choosing toppings.
This time, I simply spread on some tomato sauce, then topped with strips of cooked Lightlife Tempeh Bacon on top, and decided to play tic-tac-toe with halved cherry tomatoes!
This layer was then topped with thinly sliced shallots. You must know that I do not like raw onions. At all. Too strong and leave me tasting onion all day. So, I will always saute or otherwise cook them for any dish. But for a pizza, if I slice them thin enough, they cook through and become golden crispy. Totally delicious. Give it a try, and be sure to put the onions on the top to get crispy - and slice thin, thin, thin. After that, a sprinkling of fresh thyme and freshly ground black pepper completed the pie.
We had the pizza with a biggie salad, not pictured. If I'm having a sharp, savory pizza (or other entree) like this - with the smoky tempeh, crispy onions and thyme - a palate cleansing salad is a welcome accompaniment. It must have some crunchy, juicy veggies like cucumber, bell peppers, or jicama, and some chunks of avocado also add a nice cooling touch.
It was very, very good. Pizza is such fun food... yes, even without cheese... in fact especially without cheese! Need some other pizza-making ideas? Check out some of these other pizza posts.