Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Pizza Dough with Asparagus, Red Onion, Artichoke, and Pistachios

A couple of my friend’s and I are planning a pizza party later in the month since we’ve all been on a quest to learn how to make good pizza at home. I’ve been making my own pizza for a while now, but it’s always fun to try out new pizza dough recipes. I’m in charge of bringing dough to the party, so I’m trying out a few different recipes to find the best one. First up is Jim Lahey’s No Knead Pizza Dough. Check out his recipe and video. His key to good pizza crust is handling the dough gently and baking at a high temperature.

The recipe says that it makes enough for 4 pizzas, but those would be very small pizzas – good for personal size pizzas. I cut the batch in half and made one normal sized pizza out of the half batch. Like no-knead bread recipes, the dough needs to rise for a long time. I made the dough a day ahead of time and let it rise about 18 hours. I put my pizza stone in the oven and set the oven to preheat to 500°. I tried stretching the dough out like he shows in the video, but my dough turned out fairly sticky and fragile, so I couldn’t stretch it by hand without it breaking. Next time I will try cutting back on the water a little to see if it turns out a little less sticky and easier to work with. I ended up putting the dough on a piece of parchment paper that I drizzled with olive oil. I was able to stretch the dough out on the parchment paper and put toppings on.

Pizza

I tried to gently pick up the parchment paper to place the pizza directly on the pizza stone, but there was no way I was going to be able to transfer it without it sliding off or dropping it. Instead, I slid it onto a metal pizza pan and put that on top of the hot pizza stone in the oven. His recipe calls for baking the pizza for only 3 minutes, however I ended up baking it at 500° for 5 minutes, then lowered the temperature to 450° and baked it for another 10 minutes until it looked done.

Pizza Slice

The bottom of the crust turned out really well. Despite being hard to work with, I think this is the best pizza dough I’ve made at home. It was nice and crispy, but firm enough to hold all the toppings. The edges were still a bit doughy, but good. If I’d been able to stretch it out further, I think the edges would have been crispier as well. I would definitely make this recipe again and play with the amount of water to flour to get a more flexible dough. The toppings were a perfect combo that I will definitely try again. The asparagus, pistachios, red onion, and artichoke went especially well together. Next up, I want to try the pizza recipe from the book The Bread Baker’s apprentice. Do any of you have favorite pizza dough recipes or toppings I should try?

Update: I made this recipe again and it turned out perfectly! If you stick to the exact amount of water in the recipe, it will seem dry as you’re mixing it, but don’t add any extra water. Just keep folding it and it the extra flour will eventually incorporate. This leaves you with a dough that is much easier to stretch out by hand. Stretch the dough into a 6-8 inch round and let it rest for a few minutes, then continue to stretch it out to it’s full size. Place the dough on the pizza stone and pre-bake it for 3-4 minutes. Then take it out and top it and finish baking for 3-4 minutes. This creates a crispy, but still chewy soft crust.

Ingredients:

1/2 batch of Jim Lahey’s No Knead Pizza Dough
10-12 stalks of asparagus
1/2 red onion
2 shallots
4-5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of shelled pistachios
pepper
salt
dried rosemary
2-3 chopped artichoke hearts

Directions:

  • Prepare the dough ahead of time and let it rise overnight for about 18 hours. Once it’s ready, place your pizza stone in the oven and preheat the oven to 500°.
  • Snap off the ends of your asparagus and break or cut the stalks into bite sized pieces. Thinly slice the red onion and shallots. Press or mince the garlic. Saute the asparagus, onion, shallots, and garlic in a little olive oil.
  • Stretch out the dough being careful not to put holes in it. If you do, try to patch them up. As I mentioned earlier, I had the best luck stretching the dough out on lightly oiled parchment paper.
  • Top the pizza with the sautéed veggies, pistachios, salt and pepper, dried (or fresh) rosemary, and artichoke hearts.
  • If you can, slide the pizza directly onto the pizza stone. Otherwise, place it on a metal pizza pan and then on the pizza stone like I did.
  • Bake the pizza at 500° for 5 minutes. Lower the temperature to 450° and bake 10 more minutes or until the crust looks golden brown.

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck – Artichoke and Roasted Garlic Bread!

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I’m so excited to be participating again and bringing you a yummy new bread recipe! If you just happened upon my blog and don’t know what the Virtual Vegan Potluck is, check it out! You can start at the beginning of the potluck at Vegan Bloggers Unite! To see the blog before mine in the potluck go back to Spontaneous Tomato. To see the blog after mine in the potluck go forward to Bite Me, I’m Vegan. Thanks to Annie from An Unrefined Vegan for all her hard work  organizing the potluck!

Now, on to the recipe! I decided to share my recipe for no-knead artichoke and roasted garlic bread! This is a perfect bread to eat on it’s own, with a little vegan butter, as a sandwich, or even with some vegan artichoke or spinach dip! It has a subtle, but present artichoke and roasted garlic flavor. You could also throw in some chopped olives if you want a stronger, punchier flavor.

Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Bread

This is a really simple no-knead recipe, that doesn’t take much time to prepare. It does take two days to actually make the bread, but most of that time is spent waiting for the bread to rise. There is little actual work involved. Here are a few tips before we get started.

  • Ideally you want to bake the bread in a pot meant for bread baking, such as a dutch oven. If you don’t have a dutch oven, you can use a regular pot with a lid, as long as it is safe in the oven at high temperatures. Take a look at this article for more info. My pots unfortunately have handles that aren’t metal so I didn’t want to risk them melting in the oven. I used a pizza pan and tin foil instead, which isn’t ideal, but it worked out pretty well. The crust still got nice and crispy. A dutch oven is on my wish list!
  • Baking bread with steam helps the bread form a nice crust. Placing a pan in the oven to preheat, and then adding water will create steam. For more info on how steam helps during bread baking, read this. You only need to leave the steaming water in the oven for the first 10 minutes of baking.
  • The bread rises for 16-20 hours, so plan out when you want to bake the bread and prep the dough accordingly. I made my dough at 11am so my bread baking window was 3am to 7am. I ended up having to wake up early to bake the bread, which wasn’t a big deal, but it’s good to do some quick math and think out your timing first!

Artichoke & Roasted Garlic Bread

Ingredients:

3/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 cups water (divided)
3 cups of bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 can of artichoke hearts packed in water
1 head of roasted garlic

Directions for Roasted Garlic:

  • Prep your roasted garlic ahead of time. I made mine the day before so it was cool enough to touch when I was making the dough. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Cut the top off of a whole head of garlic.
  • Place the garlic on a piece of tin foil and drizzle a little olive oil on top. Wrap the tinfoil around it and place it in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes. The garlic will look a little browned when it’s finished.
  • Once they’re done and cooled, you can store the garlic in the fridge until you’re ready to add it to the dough.

Directions for the Bread Dough:

  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast and sugar. Add 1/2 cup of warm, but not too hot, water. Let this sit for about 5-10 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.
  • While you’re waiting, drain the artichoke hearts very well and chop them into small pieces. Squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of the head of garlic. They should pop out pretty easily. Mash up the garlic cloves.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, proofed yeast mixture, and the remaining water (which should be lukewarm). Stir the mixture until it just starts to pull together, then add in the chopped artichokes and roasted garlic. Stir until well combined. This is a no-knead dough, so it’s okay that the dough is stickier and wetter than a kneaded dough would be.
  • Cover the dough with a clean dishtowel and allow it to rise for 16-20 hours.

Before and After Rising

  • When it’s close to done rising, preheat your oven to 475°. Place an empty metal pan on the bottom shelf of the oven to preheat. Once the oven is hot, you will place water into the pan to create steam, so make sure it’s deep enough to hold water.
  • Roll your dough out onto a generously floured surface. Fold it over a couple times to form a loaf. Sprinkle flour on top of the loaf and slice a vent into the loaf. Place the loaf in a dutch oven, an oven-safe pot with a lid, or on a pan covered with tin foil (see note above).
  • Carefully pour some water into the pan on the bottom shelf, and place your bread on the top shelf (see note above).
  • After 10 minutes of baking, carefully remove the pan of water. Allow the bread to keep baking covered for another 20 minutes, then remove the foil or lid and bake for 20 more minutes (50 minutes total baking time).
  • Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the recipe and that you’ll stop by The Vegan Kat again sometime! To continue on in the Virtual Vegan Potluck click the links below!

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Chickpea Salad AKA Vegan Tuna Salad

This is a recipe I promised ages ago in my post about Blackbird Pizzeria in Philadelphia, but I didn’t get around to making it until now. Blackbird Pizzeria’s Chickpea Salad is really tasty, so I had to try replicating it at home.

Oftentimes, vegans refer to Chickpea Salad as Vegan Tuna Salad, or Chickpea “Tuna” Salad. It does taste surprisingly like tuna salad, so if you’re missing that, this is a great substitute. Even if you aren’t vegan, I would recommend this as another yummy alternative for lunch. If you’re ever in Philly, be sure to make a stop at Blackbird Pizzeria. It’s one of my favorite vegan restaurants and I go there pretty much every time I find myself in Philly.

Ingredients:

1 can of chickpeas
1/4 cup sweet relish
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 sprigs of fresh dill
1 very small yellow onion or 1/4 of a large yellow onion
3 chopped artichoke hearts
2 stalks of celery
garlic powder
black pepper
dried oregano
dried basil
salt
1 tomato
lettuce
your favorite bread

Directions:

  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place them in a mixing bowl and mash them well. There can be small chunks, it doesn’t have to be as creamy as hummus.
  • Add mayonnaise and sweet relish to the mashed chickpeas and stir well.
  • Chop the leaves of two sprigs of fresh dill. Finely chop the onion, celery, and artichoke hearts. Stir into the chickpea mixture.
  • Add garlic powder, black pepper, dried oregano, dried basil, and salt to taste and stir well.
  • Spread the Chickpea Salad on your favorite bread or a roll. Add lettuce and tomato and enjoy!