Whether you’re vegan or dairy-free or simply trying to limit your cheese consumption, it can be challenging to make a gourmet cheese-less pizza. And let’s face it: all of those vegan “cheeses” on the market can’t really be considered real food, and they taste artificial at best.
The solution? Make a vegan pizza with toppings made from real ingredients that are so delicious you won’t even miss the cheese (or artificial cheese). Here are three of my favorite vegan pizza toppings for winter:
1. Caramelized Balsamic Onions
- 1 1/2 pounds (5-6 cups) thinly sliced onions
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (or to taste)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put the onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Cover and cook, stirring very infrequently, until the onions are dry and just sticking to the pan, about 20 minutes.
Stir in the oil, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper and turn the heat down to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are done as you like them (up to another 40 minutes if you want a balsamic-onion-marmalade topping).
Top pizza crust with caramelized onions before baking. Use with or without tomato sauce.