Monday, August 12, 2013

Vegan Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza Hearts

A pizza heart or a piece of your heart?
I had such a blast roasting my very first batch of tomatoes last night.
It's truly wonderful how sliced open red plump beauties overtook the kitchen with an aromatic magical intensity. Straight after their finished softening, I couldn't resist eating a few misshapen, garlic and onion infused tomatoes before containing and refrigerating goodness for planned pizza and first gluten free pasta salad recipes. The taste of them is beyond anything I've imagined- like eating edible garden herb flowers.
It's quite simple.
I preheated oven to 325 degrees, stemmed and sliced 8 medium sized organic tomatoes, marinated each into a bath of 3 tablespoon olive oil, 2 teaspoon minced garlic,  2 teaspoon Italian seasonings, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, laid one layer of tomatoes onto an oiled baking sheet, and roasted for an hour and thirty minutes. One could leave them inside for another thirty minutes or take them out sooner if softening to desired texture.
"Tomatoes roasting on an open fire...."
Lovely tomatoes about to be stored. Onions turn completely translucent.
Next time, I would love to roast them alongside a bit of red wine vinegar.  
Now on this pizza, the flavor is beautiful- layered evenly with Trader Joe's irresistible Roasted Garlic Hummus- perfect accompaniment to tomatoes having same special treatment and soy mozzarella. I fell in love. Perhaps that's why I shaped pizza crusts into hearts.
Great for a party where guests don't mind moments of silence and wish for vegan peppermints to be handed out as favors.

Vegan Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Pizza Hearts Ingredients and Preparation

homemade or store bought dough
5-6 roasted tomatoes per pizza
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Roasted Garlic Hummus
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Mozzarella Style Shreds
3 tablespoon nutritional yeast

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and prepare a baking sheet/pizza pan with either oil or parchment paper.

Flatten and shape about 1/4-1/2 cup pizza dough into desired heart shape.
Layer on hummus & tomatoes. It would be best to also place cheese before tomatoes too. Bake for 18-25 minutes.
Cool and serve.
Pizza party.
Sprinkle additional seasons if desired.
Praise pretty pizza & eat.

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