Sunday, January 15, 2012

Simple Vegan Puppy Chow & Green Pepper and Onion Bread Rolls

I remember puppy chow from pasta parties back in high school. Seriously, so yummy. It's also fairly sugary, so I try to make it for special occasions only. Pizza rolls are fair game for basically any Friday night. Enjoy!


VEGAN PUPPY CHOW





1 Cup Organic Unsalted Peanut Butter
1 1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chips (I use Trader Joe's!)
1/4 Cup (Or 1/2 Stick) Earth Balance
6 Cups (1 box) Nature's Path Organic Heritage Bites
3-4 Cups Powdered Sugar (I use Whole Foods Sugar - mentioned on their food blog, that it is vegan.)

1 Large Paper Bag (Like a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's bag) 


Process


STEP 1: Melt peanut butter, chocolate and Earth Balance in a small sauce pan on medium heat. 
STEP 2: Pour the Heritage Bites into a large mixing bowl. When wet ingredients are completely melted, stir into dry cereal. Mix until every piece is completely covered. 
STEP 3: Place cereal into a paper bag and add powdered sugar. Make sure the bag is completely closed and shake until all the pieces are covered. Add more sugar as needed. Place in freezer until ready to serve. 


GREEN PEPPER AND ONION PIZZA ROLLS





Portland Pie Pizza Dough (Found at Hannaford Supermarkets) or you can make your own, just be cautious of the necessary cook time and judge accordingly
1/4 Cup Pastry flour
3/4 Cup Pizza Sauce
1-2 Cups
Chopped Green Pepper
1 Cup Chopped Yellow Onion
1/4 Cup Shredded Fresh Basil
2-3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil 

Process


STEP 1: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. On a flat surface sprinkle 1/4 cup pastry flour. Roll out dough in a long rectangular shape until dough is about 2-3 cm thick. 
STEP 2: Place ingredients on bread, keeping in mind that you will roll the dough from the horizontal side of the rectangle. Spread sauce, add green peppers and onions. Add the basil to top third of the bread roll.
STEP 3: Roll dough evenly across until it's completely folded, usually 2-3 times. Place on baking pan (usually line mine with non-stick tin foil) and brush olive oil over the top of the bread roll. Bake for 13-18 minutes, or until golden brown.  

I recommend that you check the center of the bread roll to ensure that the dough has cooked entirely. If not, slice the roll in a couple places and put back into the oven let cook for another 4-5 minutes. 

Let the bread sit for another couple minutes and slice. You can also warm up the extra pizza sauce for dipping!

Thanks,
Danie

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