I am a culinary explorer, and I have recently discovered a masterpiece recipe that will blow your taste buds away. This is not your ordinary pizza recipe; it is the ultimate combination of Korean flavors and traditional pizza ingredients – the Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) recipe. Trust me; this is a game-changer.
As you read along, you’ll start to be convinced that this recipe is worth trying at least once in your lifetime. It’s a perfect example of how creativity can take center stage while cooking; imagine melting mozzarella cheese, chopped green peppers, crumbled bacon, topped with Kimchi sauce, and silken tofu for a forever unique experience. Indeed, you’ve never tasted anything quite like it!
If you’re not yet sold on the idea of making this unique pizza, give me just one minute more of your undivided attention. Think about your love for both Korean food and traditional pizzas. Now combine them. Yes, you heard it right! The result is what we call the “Tofu Kimchi Pizza,” the perfect balance of crunchy toppings and savory sauces.
Are you already drooling? I bet you are! So hang on tight and follow me as I guide you through the step-by-step process of making this sensational Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) recipe. Get ready for an explosion of flavors in every bite!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Looking for a bold and flavorful pizza recipe that breaks the mold of the average cheese pizza? Look no further than this Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) recipe! Whether you’re a vegetarian, or just want to add some spice to your pizza routine, this pizza recipe is sure to please.
What makes this recipe so special? For one, it combines two beloved culinary traditions: Italian pizza and Korean kimchi. The tangy, spicy flavors of the kimchi perfectly complement the cheesy goodness of the pizza, creating a truly unique and satisfying flavor profile.
But this recipe isn’t just about flavor – it’s also an excellent source of plant-based protein thanks to the silken tofu topping. Plus, the combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flours in the crust means you’re getting a healthy dose of whole grains in every slice.
But don’t just take my word for it – give this tofu kimchi pizza a try for yourself and get ready to be blown away by its bold flavors and fresh ingredient list. You won’t regret adding this recipe to your arsenal of go-to meals!
Here is a list of the ingredients needed for this savory and unique Tofu Kimchi Pizza recipe:
For the pizza dough:
- 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
- 1 cup water, lukewarm
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups whole wheat flour
For the toppings:
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 6 oz silken tofu, drained and sliced
- 1/4 cup kimchi, roughly chopped
- 1 green pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 3 slices bacon, cooked and chopped (optional)
- 6 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
For optional variations:
- Gochujang healing tomato sauce top of pizza (a substitute for pizza sauce).
- Creative kimchi creations: Replace toppings with ultimate kimchi breakfast pizza redux pizzaweek (kimchi breakfast pizza with tomato miso sauce top).
- Other protein toppings for meat-lovers may include pulled pork, kimchi spam or pork belly.
- Vegetarians may enjoy tofu mushrooms white pizza or vegan pizza with homemade kimchi.
Be sure to have each of these ingredients on hand to create a delicious Korean-inspired dish that is perfect for any meal.
The Recipe How-To
Making your own pizza dough is quite easy and much more authentic than store-bought crusts. To make the dough, combine 1 cup of warm water, 2 tbsp of active dry yeast, and 2 tbsp of olive oil in a small bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
In a separate large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, 2 tbsp of flax seed meal and 1 tsp of salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture, pour in the liquid mixture and mix until everything is well combined.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes to make it smooth and elastic. Place the dough in another bowl greased with olive oil and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rise for at least an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
Tofu Kimchi Pizza
Preheat the oven to 425°F degrees. Spray a pizza pan with some cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Roll out pizza dough into desired shape and thickness on a floured surface. Transfer the dough to the prepared pizza pan.
Spread pizza sauce over the dough. You can use tomato sauce or try something different like kimchi pork, chicken kimchi, or even kimchi tofu.
Add toppings such as silken tofu, green onion, red onion, green pepper, bacon, mozzarella cheese or any homemade pizza toppings you prefer.
In a small bowl mix 3 tablespoons olive oil with four teaspoons Gochujang Healing Tomato Sauce. Drizzle this sauce over everything
Bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted in around 20 minutes.
Enjoy your korean-style Tofu Kimchi Pizza! Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves if desired.
Substitutions and Variations
I’m all about creative expression, and this recipe is no exception. There are numerous substitutions and variations you can make to this delightful Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) Recipe. I invite you to experiment in the kitchen and add your own personal touch to it.
Looking for a vegan pizza option? No problem! Substitute the mozzarella cheese for vegan cheese, or even some diced silken tofu. You can also omit the bacon if you prefer a vegetarian pizza.
If you prefer a spicier twist, add more gochujang sauce to your pizza sauce or use kimchi that has a higher spice level. If you want something with a bit more kick, try adding some spicy mushrooms or white onions to your toppings.
For a healthier version, substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour in your pizza crust recipe. You can also experiment with different homemade pizza toppings like pulled pork, chicken, or even pork belly.
Feeling particularly creative? Try making a tomato miso sauce instead of your standard tomato sauce on top of your pizza. Or how about trying some kimchi spam as one of your toppings?
The possibilities truly are endless with this recipe. So let yourself loose in the kitchen and unleash your inner culinary explorer!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this tofu kimchi pizza, I have a couple of recommendations that will make your dining experience even more enjoyable. First of all, you could serve it with a side salad dressed with olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. This will add some acidity to the mix and balance out the bold flavors of the pizza.
If you’re looking for a beverage to pair with this Korean-inspired pie, try a crisp and refreshing beer. A light lager or pilsner should do the trick, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try a Korean beer like Hite or Cass. These beers are light-bodied and low in alcohol, making them perfect for pairing with spicy foods like kimchi.
For those who prefer something non-alcoholic, you can’t go wrong with a glass of iced tea or lemonade. The sweetness of these drinks will complement the savory flavors of the pizza without overpowering it.
Finally, let’s talk about dessert. For a sweet ending to your meal, I recommend something light and fruity like sliced watermelon or berries. These refreshing treats will cleanse your palate after all those bold flavors and make you feel refreshed and satisfied.
Overall, when serving and pairing this tofu kimchi pizza, remember to keep things light and flavorful. You want to enjoy every bite without feeling weighed down or overwhelmed. With these simple tips, I’m confident that you’ll achieve the perfect balance between sweet, salty, sour, and spicy – just like they do in Korea!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As an adventurous culinary explorer, I often find myself with a surplus of leftovers after creating new recipes. The Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) recipe is no exception. Fortunately, this pizza is versatile – it can be made ahead of time and reheated with no compromise in flavor.
To make ahead, prepare the pizza dough as directed in Section (4). Preheat your oven and gather all of your toppings, including the silken tofu and kimchi mixture. Roll out the dough and spread on the tomato sauce, followed by the tofu kimchi mixture. Then sprinkle on the mozzarella cheese and any additional toppings like green onion or bacon.
Instead of baking immediately, wrap the unbaked pizza in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve it, simply preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C) and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
As for storing leftovers, wrap any uneaten portions tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to three days. To reheat, simply microwave for a minute or two or bake in a preheated oven at 400°F (204°C) until heated through.
This vegan pizza also freezes exceptionally well. Wrap slices individually in plastic wrap and freeze for up to three months. When mealtime rolls around, remove from freezer and thaw before reheating in the oven or microwave.
Whether you make this for dinner tonight or prep ahead for tomorrow’s lunch, knowing how to properly store and reheat this pizza will ensure that you get to savor every last bite of its savory korean-style goodness.
Tips for Perfect Results
When it comes to making the perfect tofu kimchi pizza, there are some important tips to keep in mind to ensure that everything turns out just right. Here are a few pointers that I’ve picked up over the years:
1. Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of your ingredients can make all the difference when it comes to taste, so don’t skimp on them! Opt for fresh vegetables and high-quality cheeses for the best results.
2. Don’t go overboard with toppings: While it can be tempting to load up your pizza with every topping imaginable, this can actually lead to a soggy crust and uneven cooking. Stick to a few toppings and space them out evenly.
3. Preheat your oven: This is a crucial step in pizza-making, as a properly preheated oven will help ensure that your crust gets crispy and golden brown.
4. Let your pizza rest before slicing: This may seem counterintuitive, but letting your pizza rest for a few minutes after it’s done cooking will actually help the cheese set and prevent it from sliding off when you slice into it.
5. Experiment with different doughs: Whether you prefer a classic all-purpose dough or something heartier like whole wheat or flax seed meal, there are plenty of options out there for customizing your crust to suit your tastes.
6. Don’t be afraid to get creative: While traditional kimchi toppings like bacon and pulled pork are always great choices, consider branching out with unique pairings like tofu mushrooms or even homemade kimchi.
By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to creating the ultimate tofu kimchi pizza!
In conclusion, this Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) recipe is a must-try. The combination of kimchi, silken tofu and mozzarella cheese makes it perfect for an exciting fusion meal. With simple ingredients like all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and active dry yeast, you can easily prepare the pizza crust at your home.
One of the best things about this recipe is that there are plenty of substitutions and variations you can try if you want to experiment with different flavors. Whether you prefer korean barbecue or pulled pork, there are endless possibilities to create your unique version of this pizza.
This creative Kimchi pizza offers a unique option for vegan and non-vegan pizza lovers alike. So why not try something new and treat yourself to a slice of Korea-inspired cuisine?
Overall, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. Not only is it easy to make, but the combination of flavors is truly delicious. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give it a try!
Tofu Kimchi Pizza (Really) Recipe
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup silken tofu
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup water, lukewarm
- 1 strip bacon, diced
- 1/2 cup cabbage kimchi, diced
- 1 green pepper, sliced
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing
- Sift dry ingredients (flour through salt) and set aside.
- Mix water and yeast and set aside for 5 min to proof.
- When yeast starts to get bubbly, mix in oil and the dry ingredient.
- Knead for about 10 minutes. The dough will be sticky.
- Cover and let it rise 2 hours or until doubled.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon and drain.
- Saute kimchi 3-5 mintutes and mix with bacon.
- When the dough is ready, roll it out on lightly floured surface.
- Put the dough on a baking pan.
- Brush with olive oil and layer kimchi, cheese, green onion, and pepper.
- Preheat oven at 350 and let it rest for 30 minutes.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes.
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Mishra Vikas is a digital nomad who loves to explore the world and learn about its cultures. As a programmer, backpacker, and cook, he enjoys sharing his adventures and cooking up delectable dishes. Writing about his experiences, creating tasty recipes, and discovering new places are some of his favorite activities. He’s an avid traveler and passionate chef, always on the lookout for an exciting new journey.