Homemade pizza may not initially seem like a classic slow cooker dish, but Robin Robertson, author of Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker, says it totally makes sense, since you don't have to worry about burning it, and turning on a crock pot won't make your kitchen hot (but cranking the oven up to 500 degrees sure will).

Makes 1 pizza (serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish)


For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup warm water, or as needed
For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pitted green olives, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan mozzarella cheese (optional)


For the dough: Lightly oil the inside of a large bowl. In a food processor, combine the flour, yeast, salt, and Italian seasoning. With the machine running, add the oil through the feed tube, then slowly add as much water as needed to form a slightly sticky dough ball. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for 1 to 2 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared bowl, turning the dough to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside to rise at warm room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

While the dough is rising, make the sauce. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, both kinds of olives, capers, parsley, basil, oregano, garlic powder, sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt and black pepper to taste.

Generously oil the insert of a large (5- to 7-quart) slow cooker or spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Punch down the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Flatten the dough, then shape it to just fit inside your slow cooker. Place the dough in the cooker and spread the sauce over the dough. To prevent condensation from dripping onto the pizza, drape a clean kitchen towel over the cooker, then put on the lid. Cook on High for 1 hour and 45 minutes. If using the vegan mozzarella, sprinkle it on the pizza after 1 hour and 15 minutes, then cook for 30 minutes longer to allow it to melt.

From Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker (Harvard Common Press) by Robin Robertson.

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