Whether you’re throwing a Christmas party at home, or thinking about finger food for Christmas week’s festivities, don’t forget to think about your vegan and veggie friends.
It is the season for Christmas parties and festive get-togethers, which means it’s also the season for festive food and over indulging in chocolate treats and selection boxes.
Since becoming a vegetarian I’ve found that either people forget to consider you when preparing snacks and finger food or they get overly stressed out about what you can and can not eat. One of my sisters is vegan, so when we’re both home at Christmas it can cause a bit of chaos in the kitchen.
It doesn’t have to be stressful making food that everyone can enjoy, and I think the secret is not to think of separate dishes to prepare for your plant based friends and therefore create more work for yourself, but to think of variations of popular foods that will make them suitable for everyone at your party/dinner to enjoy.
One such food is pizza; everyone loves pizza and it is actually very easy to make pizza vegetarian and vegan friendly. You can buy pizza bases and dough to bake and garnish yourself, but why not make it all from scratch? Pizza bases are made from yeast dough, which is very easy to make and very difficult to get wrong if you know what you’re doing.
These mini pizzas are easy to create, and can be topped to suit all your party guest, be they vegetarian, vegan or meat lovers. I made mine vegan friendly, but you can adjust the toppings to suit you and your dinner guests.
- 1 sachet active yeast OR ⅓ fresh yeast cake
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2½ cups strong (bread) flour
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Replace the strong flour with a gluten free bread flour
- 1-2 cups passata
- Red onion
- Sundried tomatoes
- Start by dissolving the yeast and sugar in one cup lukewarm water; allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the salt and olive oil and finally the yeast mixture. Use a wooden spoon to bring the ingredients together and form a dough.
- Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5-6 minutes. Return the dough to a clean bowl, cover loosely with clingfilm and leave to rise for one hour in a warm room.
- Once the dough has been allowed to rise and double in size, turn out onto a floured surface and knead again.
- Cut the dough into 8-10 even sized slices; knead these into small round pizza bases and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and lightly dusted with flour.
- Spoon some passata onto each base and spread out using the back of the spoon. Add your chosen toppings to each mini pizza.
- Place in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12-15 minutes.