So sorry guys I have been kind of MIA for two weeks and have not have time to write up a blogpost and recipe. Honestly, the past month has been kind of crazy! I took a week off with my family and we traveled to Cuba, which was so so relaxing. One week with very limited internet was exactly what I needed to disconnect!
Upon my return, I had quite a lot of content to create for the brands I work for, which took 90% of my time. The rest was basically dedicated to spending time with loved ones and taking time for myself to workout, meditate & learn some tips and tricks on how to improve my photography.
The recipe I am bringing to you guys is one I created for one of my clients, Manba. They are a peanut butter company that specializes in spicy, Haitian-style peanut butter. I create some content for them on a monthly basis and last month, I made this Peanut Butter & BBQ Jackfruit Pizza.
Yep, I know... it sounds weird, but trust me, this one is out of this galaxy (not just this world ;)).
Some of you might be familiar with jackfruit because it is an ingredient that has been trending in the vegan world, since it can be used to imitate pulled pork in savory recipes. In terms of flavor, jackfruit is very very mild, which makes it a perfect carrier for flavor. The one negative thing about jackfruit is the fact that it is not very widely available. Your best bet at finding it is going to Asian grocery stores. There, you can buy it in a can, soaked in brine or water – be sure not to get the one in syrup as it will be overly sweet and would not yield the optimal flavor in this recipe.
This pizza gets a lot of its flavor form the rich and complex bbq sauce in which the jackfruit is cooked. It includes seasonings most of you have in your cupboard, but when cooked all together, add incredible depth to this bbq sauce : garlic powder, smoked paprika (probably one of my favorite spices of all times!!), tamari, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and of course Manba’s spicy crunchy peanut butter.
If you do not have Manba on hand, you can always swap it out for the same amount of peanut butter with extra 1 teaspoon of sriracha. The result will not be exactly the same, but I promise it will still be very tasty.
This recipe takes under 45 minutes to make and, I don’t mean to brag, tastes like it came out of a restaurant. My boyfriend and I literally ate the entire thing for lunch after I was done shooting it! What I love about this pizza is that it is:
Rich in flavor.
Made with healthy ingredients.
Super easy to put together.
Balanced in spices: it is not too spicy or too salty or too sweet.
I hope you guys try to make this pizza & love it as much as I do. I had so much fun creating it and am incredibly happy with the result. If you do end up making this recipe, don’t hesitate to share in on social media and tag me @muriellebanackissa.
Prep time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 30 minutes
Total time : 40 minutes
Yield : 6-8 slices
1 ready to use vegan pizza crust
1 tsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (398ml) tomato sauce
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp tamari sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Manba crunchy peanut butter
1 can (565g) young jackfruit in brine or water, rinsed and drained
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
1/2 cup grated vegan cheese – my favorite is Swisso Cheese by Gusta
Black pepper, to taste
Fresh coriander, to taste
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out pizza dough into a circle with a diameter of about 30 centimetres. Bake for 10 minutes without garnishes.
In the meantime, heat oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Sautee for 5 minutes or until the onion has become translucent.
Add tomato sauce, garlic powder, smoked paprika, tamari, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and Manba. Mix to incorporate. Lower to heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, squeeze out the excess liquid from the jackfruit pieces by pressing it into your hands. Remove any tough pieces.
Use your hands to shred the jackfruit into pieces and add it to the simmering sauce. Mix until it is well coated.
Remove the pizza from the oven. Top with the jackfruit mixture, red onions, sautéed mushrooms, cheese and black pepper.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh coriander.
* A quick and easy recipe for sautéed mushrooms: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/sauteed-mushrooms-36550