Well. I would tell you the story behind this recipe, but I am not. Why? Because it is rather tragic and a bit embarrassing to say the least. Lets just say, I didn't follow the rules again. But, whatever, I am moving on from that 😉 Instead, I will share a different story. One that may be a bit gross, but now is just funny (at least to me). It is even funnier because the gross part happened to me, but it always bothered my brother and mom so much more than me. I guess it's because I was so young and really don't remember it, only the retelling of the story every year we would walk past Snow White's pizza place on the Wildwood Boardwalk.
Now apparently, this place is rated one of the number one spots on the boardwalk, however, we beg to differ. It was a day many years ago and we stopped in to grab some pizza for lunch. My mom, brother, and I all ordered a few slices and went and sat down at a table in the back. I assume we all started eating, and then I look down and find a white hair (white, get it? Snow White?) on my pizza. Fabulous right? When you are starving and now the food in front of you and everyone else turns into the grossest unappetizing thing. And then I am assuming we threw away out slices and left in search of some more suitable fuel.
Well, from that year on, any time we walked passed that place on the boardwalk, we would all relive and retell the story. Saying "Ew, gross!" under out breath as we walked by. It is funny how these little moments in time, are remembered and held as memories for so long. Yet I can't remember how to factor a polynomial in math after only a few weeks of taking the test. I digress. But you know what place we found that did have the best pizza on the boardwalk? Sam's Pizza Palace! My mom fell in love with that place. I am not sure I ever got a chance to eat there though because it came later in the years and I think I was already having my stomach problems then. I do remember they had the best fountain soda because they used this perfect crushed ice in the cup! Ah, ice, I love the stuff 😉 That is one of my favorite things about hotels and the like. Going to the ice machine and filling up cups of ice to munch on! Haha, can I get any more random today?
Now lets talk about this good (hair-less) pizza. Mushrooms were the name of the game but I wanted them to have more flavor then just roasting them on the pizza. Plus I needed to add some protein source to make this more substantial for my tastes. I had always liked a good pepperoni pizza as a kid, I was never a plain jane just cheese girl. In the later years of my pizza eating, I moved on to the gloriousness that is an onion pizza. Stringing white onions, perfect. There was even a time I forayed into the white broccoli pizza. But that was short lived. Too much cheese, I needed the red stuff. Then there was a time where I went for the ultimate gluten pizza a few times. Pasta pizza! Yea, they put penne pasta on a pizza. Another favorite was a Sicilian slice. I loved the thickness (and squareness)!
I never liked mushrooms early enough in my pre-celiac years to enjoy a mushroom pizza, but that is okay beucase I've got one now! This pizza combines a few of my favorites. Pepperoni-esque marinated roasted mushrooms and eggplant, olives (another winner), onions, white beans (which take on a faux white pizza look, but really is just a hummus type of spread), and of course, the glorious red stuff. I like using Tomato Paste on my pizzas though more than sauce. It has a more concentrated flavor and if perfect when making just your own personal pizza like this one here. Anyway, this pizza is my new favorite! I could eat this baby everyday. Gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, meat-free perfection on the famous Food For Life Brown Rice Tortilla!
Vegan Pepperoni White Bean Pizza
White Bean Spread:
+ 1 Cup Cooked White Beans
+ 3 Fresh Basil Leaves (torn)
+ ¼ Tsp Onion Powder
+ ¼ Tsp Garlic Powder
+ ¼ Tsp White Pepper
Marinated Pepperoni Mushrooms and Eggplant:
+ 1 Very Large Portobello Mushroom Cap (5 Slices)
+ 5 Thin Eggplant Rounds
+ ½ Tsp Liquid Smoke
+ ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
For the Pizza:
+ 1 Recipe of White Bean Spread
+ Pepperoni Mushrooms and Egglpant
+ 1 Large Brown Rice Tortilla (or other, if you have a personal favorite)
+ 3 TB Salt-Free Tomato Paste
+ 2 TB Sliced Olives (rinsed well to get excess salt off)
+ 2 TB Chopped Sweet Onion
+ ¼ Tsp Dried Oregano
+ To make the white bean spread, got a food processor. Add in you beans, basil, and spices. Blend until you get a spreadable smooth mixture.
+ To make the pepperoni, in a medium bowl, add the mushrooms and eggplant. Pour in the liquid smoke and smoked paprika. Then use your hands to rub in the mixture so everything is coated. Let sit while you preheat the oven to 350°F. Now line a baking sheet with foil and lightly oil. Place the mushrooms and eggplant slices on the sheet and roast for 10 minutes. Flip and roast for another 10. Remove and set aside.
+ Now change the oven to 415°F, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place down your tortilla (from frozen), spread on the tomato paste leaving some space around the edge of the tortilla. Then spread on all the bean mixture. Now place the mushrooms and eggplant around the pizza. Then sprinkle on the olives and onion. Finally, shake on the oregano. Now place in the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes until the edges of the tortilla begin to brown. Remove and enjoy!
I love making my own pizzas. Now the blog is up to 4! This one, my Sprouted Lentil Butternut Squash one, Roasted Vegetable, and Chicken Meatball! One for every type of eater 🙂 No matter which way you spread it, top it, slice it, pizza is always a winner 😉 (As long as it does not include hair!). Happy Pizza Eating my friends!
So tell me:
+ What is the best boardwalk pizza you've ever had?
+ Ever had hair or something gross come in you food?
+ What is the weirdest pizza you've ever had?
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