I've been meaning to make pizza for days in an attempt to clean out my freezer. I had some frozen Creole Steamed Sausages (from my cookbook) that I've been meaning to use, and I had one last pack of stashed, frozen Daiya mozzarella that I hoarded when I heard the Memphis Whole Foods was going to stop carrying it. Turns out, that was just a nasty rumor, so I stocked up for nothing.
But I just haven't had the time to make homemade pizza dough. It's so freakin' simple to make DIY dough, so there's no good reason to buy the pre-made stuff. But homemade dough can take up to two hours for the first and second rise. Since I work all day, and I don't care to wait all evening on dough to rise, making homemade crust is restricted to weekends. I always use Isa's "Pizza Dough — A Novel" recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance.
But another busy weekend passed me by with no time to make dough, but today, I REALLY wanted pizza. I got all sad about my pizza plight, and I even considered buying a pre-made dough at Kroger, but they all contained milk or non-vegan dough conditioners. Whole Foods sells a vegan crust, but the only one is nearly 20 minutes from my house. So I resorted to an old favorite — French Bread Pizza:
I haven't had French Bread Pizza in years! In fact, the last time was probably in my pregan days, and it was more than likely a frozen Lean Cuisine cheese French bread pizza. Ick!
This one was topped with Prego traditional marinara, Daiya, sliced Creole Steamed Sausages, bell peppers, kalamata olives, and mushrooms. I love the way the soft French bread makes for the world's thickest crust. I've always been a thick crust kind of girl.
So next time you're in a hurry and have no time for a homemade pizza crust, don't forget about French bread.
What do you do when you need pizza in a hurry?