So I've been asked numerous times if I make a vegan deep dish pizza. The short answer is YES! And it is delicious! I know what you may be thinking but hear me out! The two constants when making pizza are the dough and sauce. Mine contains no animal products so that part is easy. Now let's talk about cheese. Continued below the picture...
Cheese is obviously known to omnivorous pizza lovers as a must. But do you know all all the ways cheese contributes to pizza? It brings texture, flavor, salt and with deep dish, creates an all important barrier between dough and sauce to prevent a soggy crust.
I tried many vegan "cheeses" and they really don't do a very good job imho of providing all the above mentioned elements, especially when baking at 475 degrees. The pizza you see in the above picture has a bed of kale instead of cheese (this robust leaf creates that barrier between dough and sauce), sun dried tomatoes and olives for the salt and flavor. The onions and broccoli bring some texture. Sure not creamy but I don't know any vegan that doesn't love broccoli!
Of course this pizza was topped with my homemade pizza sauce. I have to tell you this was delicious, full of flavor and perhaps more nutrient dense than one of my cheesy pizzas! I do make this for myself from time to time, when I am cooking for vegans or the lactose intolerant.
Remember a great pizza starts with great dough and sauce. What you do after that is up to you.