Thai Pizza Topping

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 12-15 minutes

Serves:Covers one 15 inch pizza

This is a fantastic, creative and unusual pizza topping, however, I know that if I ate this on a regular basis, I would not be my usual trim self. This should be saved for a special treat because it is higher in fat than most pizza toppings (unless you are thinking of the fat-laden cheese and pepperoni varieties).

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp chili paste (Sambal oelek)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • pinch brown sugar
  • Toppings:
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup small broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup diced baked tofu (optional-see hints)
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Directions

Place all ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl and whisk well to combine. Set aside.

Prepare toppings and set aside.

Spread the peanut sauce over the pizza crust and layer toppings over that (except for cilantro and hot sauce). Bake for about 12-15 minutes as directed in the Pizza Crust recipe. Sprinkle the cilantro on before serving, and pass the hot sauce to drizzle on each individual pizza slice, as desired.

Hints: The baked tofu is entirely optional in this recipe. Flavored baked tofu is available in most natural food markets, or it is easy to make your own using the recipe for Baked Tofu in Entrees. Increase the amount of vegetables used if you decide to omit the tofu. "Chicken-flavored" seitan may be used in place of the tofu for a chewier texture.