Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Vegetarian Stuffed Crust Pizza 素食比萨

I was given a large oval aubergine/eggplant/brinjal on my trip to the Camerons the week before. My vegetarian colleague had earlier asked me whether I know how to make pizza, and, it had been ages since I last made pizza. So, I’ll make pizza with this aubergine.

Vegetarian Stuffed Crust Pizza Recipe (for two 12 inch pizzas)
Crust (for 2 12 inch pizzas)

3 ¼ cups High Protein Flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 ½ tsp yeast
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Dissolve yeast in water. Mix flour with salt. Pour in yeast mixture and olive oil. Knead until dough is no longer sticky. Leave to proof until double. Punch down and shape into pizza.
Well, I kept the dough overnight in the fridge after punching down (no shaping) because I wanted the pizza for lunch instead, and I’ll be waking up late.

Toppings (for 2 12 inch pizzas)

500 gm mozzarella cheese (some grated, some cut into strips)
1 cup tomato pasta sauce
1 red onion, sliced
1 green capsicum, sliced
1 yellow capsicum , sliced
1 big red tomato, sliced
1 big aubergine, sliced and pan fried with a bit of olive oil.
½ cup button mushrooms, sliced
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil


1. Roll out dough, pulling the edges until it’s bigger than the pan.
2. Arrange mozzarella strips on the edges and wrap them up by folding in the edges. Place shaped dough into an oiled pan.

3. Spread 1 Tbsp olive oil onto dough surface evenly.

4. Spread 4 tbsp of pasta sauce onto dough.

5. Arrange toppings starting with the heaviest, aubergine, tomato, onions, capsicum and mushrooms.
6. Sprinkle salt and pepper over pizza. Bake in a preheated oven at 190C for 15 minutes or until the crust is slightly golden
7. Take out from oven and sprinkle on grated mozzarella. Bake for another 12 minutes or until the crust is golden and cheese all melted and golden.

8.Cut pizza while it’s still hot and enjoy the stringy cheese dripping from the sides of the pizza.

I made 1 for lunch, and baked another the next morning to bring to work.

Crust recipe and tips for baking adapted from annamariavolpi


  1. Like the way you post your recipe. The photo step by step is easier to understand

  2. Thanks Cosmos!

    I'm only able to photograph step by step with the help of my husband. So, not all recipes have step by step pics. Plus, I only include them if the assembly is a bit complicated to explain by just words.

  3. Wow! This looks like Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza, but is probably a thousand times better & healthier. I am going to make this for sure! First I need to buy the pan. Thanks Wendy! -Wendy Sebastian

  4. Wendy Seb,
    Let me know how it went, if you made this.
    You can use any large pan, just because this pan can fit my oven. You can do it like a free form pizza, it's alright.
    Just remember to bake it first w/o the cheese.

  5. Hi Wendy,
    Im a vegan.
    Is there any substitute of mozzarella cheese. As i think mozzarella cheese is not vege right?

  6. Anonymous,
    Sorry, but I do not know the substitutes that will be suitable for vegans. Cheese may not be vegan, but is considered vegetarian in the eyes of many as these do not involve taking a life away. Indian vegetarians comsume dairy, Hindu vegetarians too, same goes for Buddhist vegetarians. But I do know vegans do not.
    Hindu vegetarians consumes onions, leek and garlic, but not eggs, whereas Buddhist vegetarians comsumes unfertlised eggs but shuns onions, leek and garlic.
    So, what may be vegetarian in ones eyes, may not be the same for others.

  7. Hi Wendy,
    I am Irene.
    May I hnow 3 1/4 of flour is equal to how many gram? Thanks

  8. Irene,
    It should be almost 500gm, if one cup of bread flour is 150gm.

  9. Hi Wendy, is it me again. May I know 1 cup of water is equal to how many ml or gram? sorry to trouble you so much..

    Thank you


  10. Irene,
    Water is always 1g/1ml.
    There are conversion tables online.
    You can google for them, I may not know all the conversions.
    Sometimes it's good to own a set of measuring cups too.

  11. dear wendy...any substitute for the olive oil?...

  12. Hi wendy, I tried mixing the dough with mixer however it did not form till dry. I tried by adding a bit flour it's the same. Whn I proof it, it's juz a flat dough unable to shape it. Any idea what went wrong? Tq tq

  13. sylleong,
    Did you use measuring cups and fill to the rim?
    If by weight, the bread flour should be around 450-500gm.
    250ml water should be alright. Even 300ml water won't give you a flat dough.
    How long did you mix it?


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