At the same time, nothing compares to homemade pizza. Think of that dough as a blank canvas to be adorned with combinations of your own making. Dispense with tomato sauce perhaps, leave out the cheese altogether or even turn out a dessert pizza.
Inspired by the success of my rather gourmet homemade olive tapenade pizza, the idea of a hummus pizza immediately came to mind. Thick creamy hummus is a perfect accompaniment to crusty breads and crackers, so why not spread a pizza crust with some homemade hummus and top with some of your favorite toppings?
What follows is a basic chronicle of what I did. If you want to cut corners, you can of course use pre-prepared hummus and pizza crust, though the reason I am offering my suggestions here is to help you recreate a unique and wholesome experience in your own kitchen, time permitting.
In terms of taste, I wanted a hummus that had a bit of smoky flavor with some goodness of tomatoes that we are so often used to enjoying on pizza crust. I made my own hummus, using my recipe for sun-dried tomato and olive hummus with goat cheese as a base, after consulting another favorite, roasted red pepper hummus, and melding the two together. I omitted the cheese, made sure to include roasted red peppers, tossed in some chipotle spice, and just mixed and matched some of the flavors from each recipe. I made a full batch of hummus, which is fine, because you can make more than one pizza or save the rest for snacking on with vegetables and lightly toasted pita triangles or flat breads the next day.
The dough recipe, reproduced here, is the same I used for the tapenade pizza. I had leftover dough as it makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas — I only needed enough dough for one pizza that day, so wrapped the remainder in plastic wrap and popped it in the freezer. The dough does freeze well, I can now say, and how handy to have homemade dough on hand when you want to come up with a conventional or not-so-conventional pizza. Just be sure to let the dough thaw in the fridge for a couple of days before using or at room temperature for a few hours.
The toppings for my hummus pizza are just suggestions. Depending on the type of hummus you use as a base, this might change your choice of ingredients. Feel free to play with whatever flavors tickle your palate. If you want a vegan version of this pizza, simply omit the cheese. I was rather sparing with it myself because the hummus really adds quite a bit of flare and substance to this filling pizza.
|Homemade Spicy Hummus Pizza|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Published on October 8, 2012
Homemade pizza smothered with a rich, thick homemade spicy hummus and topped with delicious soft cheeses, marinated portobello mushrooms, jalapeños and olives
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Dough recipe makes two 12-inch pizza crusts. Instructions for making one 12-inch pizza below. If making two pizzas, double the toppings.
More scrumptious pizza recipes from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Paneer Tikka Pizza on Naan Bread
Mini Toasted English Muffin Pizzas
Mushroom, Ricotta and Asiago Cheese Pizza
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