Stuffed Pita Pizzas

I am, admittedly, a huge fan of pizza. Huge. If somebody said to me “Amy, I’m terribly sorry but the only food left on the planet is vegan pizza“, I would most likely do flips and awesome stunts to show my approval. During the early days of my vegan journey a co-worker gently scoffed at me when I told her that I ate pizza without cheese. She assumed that was impossible and nonsensical. Well guess what? She was wrong. Pizza doesn’t need cheese to taste amazing! Usually I pile my pizzas high with fresh veggies and on rare occasions I will sneak some vegan cheese on top. Apparently it’s “old school” to prefer Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet cheeses over the monopolizing Daiya. Since I don’t care for Daiya, I must be old school. Good enough for me, I an ager anyways!

My intense pizza craving struck yesterday afternoon. I was way too lazy to make homemade dough so I came up with a plan: why not use the stash of pitas Tim and I recently made for the pizza crust? And then, I took it a step further: I stuffed the inside of the pita with cheese and topped the outside with a quick homemade sauce and some veggies. It was so fast and easy!! The cheese was hidden inside the pizza like a carefully wrapped present. It melted wonderfully and tasted so good! I don’t have much of a recipe since it’s such a simple process:

1. Make or buy some pitas.
2. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
3. Cut a vertical slit across the top of a pita (or several pitas depending on how many you want to eat) with scissors like so:

4. Carefully fill the inside of the pita with your choice of vegan cheese (I used Follow Your Heart mozzarella).
5. Spread pizza sauce on top of filled pita.
6. Add toppings to pizza (I used mushrooms, peppers, olives, and fresh parsley).
7. Bake your pizza(s) in the oven for about 18-22 minutes. Check often to make sure it doesn’t get over-baked or burn. My oven is a demon and therefore very unreliable.
8. Cut into slices and eat! You could sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top if you fancy that (I do).

Easy as heck, right? One pita made a decent-sized serving for me but it wouldn’t be out of the question to eat two stuffed pita pizzas if you so desired. I made two last night and had the second one for lunch today.

Tell me, what are your favorite pizza toppings? I always put the same stuff on mine and it might be fun to switch it up a bit!

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23 thoughts on “Stuffed Pita Pizzas

  1. Whoaaa. This is an amazing idea! As a fellow Daiya-non-fan, I will have to follow (heh heh) your recommendation and try FYH.

    I like black olives and artichoke hearts and banana peppers. And mushrooms, definitely mushrooms. Or… well, pretty much anything. When I lived with my parents, I had the luxury of reaping the delicious benefits of my dad’s cooking skills and creativity. He makes this amazing herb-y spread he always puts on cheeseless pizzas, and it adds SO much flavor. I should ask him what he uses for it.

  2. Genius! I wasn’t huge into FYH until they apparently changed their formula, and now it’s more melty than it used to be. I usually stick with mushrooms and green peppers for easy pizzas, but I really like seitan pepperoni and vegan sausage crumbles too.

  3. That’s a great idea! My favorite pizza topping combination is: roasted red peppers, roasted garlic, pineapple, and barbecue sauce. When I still ate gluten I also put mock duck on top.

  4. pizza makes me a tiny bit sad these days, just because i love it so so so so much, and xgfx crust just isn’t the same.

    that being said, i also like fyh over daiya. daiya is only good in pupusas (and in very limited quants in that capacity). i also really love bryanna’s pizza cheeze sauce.

    on top, my favorites are black and green olives, artichoke hearts and caramelized onions.

    i dislike broccoli and fresh tomato on top.

    i also like it with pesto very very much. after trying a white garlicky pizza at pizza pi in seattle, i have also been known to experiment with a vegenaise ranch sauce instead of tomato gravy.

    i have many more pizza opinions.

    • I love all your pizza opinions, Kittee!!! I’ve never tried a GF crust; I’m sorry they aren’t up to standard. It’s too bad Dazee has funny pizza principles. If I knew how to perform hypnotherapy without him knowing, I’d change his mind.

  5. also, i like your stuffed pita versions. however, dazee has very strong feelings against both pita pizza and pizza bagels. why is it pita pizza and not pizza pita????

  6. Thanks for the new idea on a quick pizza! :) I’ve used naan bread before, but I love the thought of a stuffed pita pizza.

    I like much the same toppings as you – mushrooms, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, olives. Oh, and jalapenos! ;)

  7. That sounds so good. I never thought of using pita as a base for pizza before. Much easier than making crust! I like my pizza with vegan cheese or without, depends on my mood I guess. My favorite pizza toppings are mushrooms and peppers.

  8. I love this idea never thought of stuffing the pita before. I so have to try this.

    Our favorite pizza toppings in our house is sliced red onion,strips of red peppers, sliced zuchinni,spinach and black onlives… I sautee all ingredients in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinager with a bit of basil than add my black olives. As a base I just put a bit of onlive oil and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and basil and oregan… sometimes we add backed tofu crumbled on top… DELISH!! Makes amazing deep dish pizzas…

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