Saturday, May 27, 2006

Vegetarian Rice Crust Pizza Recipe


As I was taking a stroll down memory lane, thinking about all the wonderful vegetarian recipes I've collected during my years of vegetarianism, I remembered a college enviro pot luck party I hosted. There was this really cool French dude named Michel who made homemade soaps and THE MOST AMAZING pizza!!! Get this...he used absolutely no wheat products!! The crust was made of RICE!!

Some of you may recall me mentioning in previous posts that J's nieces have nut allergies and one of them has celiac disease, which means she is allergic to wheat and gluten products. The girls have very serious allergies that they need to carry epi-pens with them at all times. Thank goodness Auntie Christine has never had to use those big ass needles! Yeeeeouch!

Anyway, the rice crust is gluten free and healthy. It is easily workable and with a nice taste. If desired, you can change the filling to a good old fashioned Italian Style filling.

RICE CRUST
2
cups
long grain white rice or brown rice, uncooked
4
cups
water or vegetable broth
1
large
egg, beaten
1/2
cup grated
mozzarella cheese
1/16
teaspoon
Tabasco sauce or red hot sauce
VEGETARIAN FILLING
1/2
cup
tomato sauce
2
cloves
garlic, finely chopped
1/4
teaspoon
dried oregano
1/4
teaspoon
dried basil
1/4
teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1/4
teaspoon freshly ground
black pepper
2 1/2
cups grated
mozzarella cheese, , divided
1
cup
mushrooms, sliced
1
medium green pepper, seeded and sliced
1
medium sweet red pepper, seeded and sliced
1
medium fresh
tomato, , sliced
1
medium
red onion, thinly sliced
1
tablespoon
extra virgin olive oil
6-8 servings

40 minutes 20 mins prep



RICE CRUST-----------------.
Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
In a medium size saucepan, add rice and water or broth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
Fluff rice with a fork and set aside to cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl, combine cooked rice, beaten egg, mozzarella cheese and Tabasco sauce and mix well.
Press mixture evenly into a lightly greased 12 inch pizza pan, covering bottom and sides.
Bake in preheated 400 F oven for 4 minutes or until set.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly before adding filling.
VEGETARIAN FILLING------------.
In a mixing bowl, stir together tomato sauce, garlic, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, Italian herb seasoning and black pepper.
Spread sauce mixture over the bottom of the rice crust.
Sprinkle over with 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese.
Arrange sliced mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers, sliced tomatoes, and sliced red onion in layers.
Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of remaining mozzarella cheese over top.
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Bake in preheated 400 F oven for 15 minutes or until cheese bubbles.
Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
You can also use chopped fresh broccoli as another vegetable.

3 comments:

Jill said...

Wow that sounds awesome, I gotta try it!!!

t said...

Wow! I MUST try that recipe! Sounds very cool and different!

tammy said...

I tried your rice crust pizza recipe last night, Chrissy! It was a hit! Some of the other mommies on our street get together once every other week for a dinner hosted at one of our houses. It was my turn to host last night and everyone loved it! They thought it was so original! Thank you! I didn't make it vegetarian though. I did put some pepperoni and sausage on it.

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