I have had a waffle iron in my kitchen for years, but because waffles are not something I ever crave or make on a regular basis, the appliance had started to collect some serious dust.
A few months ago I was inspired to wedge my famous vegan ice cream between two sweet and crispy waffles, I thought to myself, “ There has got to be other fun and interesting ways to use this thing.” I told myself that if I did not start making good use of this darn waffle machine, there was no point in keeping it around.
I had seen some articles hopping around the internet about tossing leftover pizza on a waffle iron for the perfect reheated, crispy hangover treat. I saw this an thought to myself, if that works, then in theory you could make a fresh pizza on a waffle iron couldn’t you? I used my favourite vegan pizza dough recipe and made up some dough the night before in my bread maker. The next morning I started experimenting. The experimenting didn’t take long, since I ended up with a delicious pizza pocket snack on the first try! I messed around with thick crust and thinner crust, and personally I prefer it to be a little bit thinner and less doughy. But you can easily tailor this recipe to suit your personal pizza preferences.
James and I love to make pizza at home, but it’s often so much work, and we end up using every dish we own. But now I make these awesome little pizza waffles and up with pizza in a pinch! If you truly want this to be an expedited pizza-making experience you can also buy store-bought fresh or frozen pizza dough. Just make sure you are reading the ingredient lists; they often use butter.
- Vegan Pizza Dough
- Vegan cheese substitute, like shreds or homemade sauce
- Pizza sauce or Tomato paste
- You can use any pizza topping you like! These are a few of my favourites:
- Your favourite vegan/faux meat
- Caramelized onions
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Fresh garlic, chopped or garlic powder
- Dried oregano
- Chili Flakes
- Turn on the waffle iron, set it high and let it preheat.
- When your iron has preheated, use oil, vegan butter or spray to keep the dough from sticking.
- Flour your working surface and roll out tennis ball size amount of pizza dough.
- The thickness is up to you; I like to do a combination of thin and thick crust.
- Place the dough onto the waffle iron and work quickly.
- Start by spreading some pizza sauce onto the crust followed by all of your preferred ingredients focusing on one half, with the cheese substitute last.
- Quickly, fold the remaining dough onto the toppings to create what resembles a half moon to make a two-sided goodies-in-the-middle pocket.
- Close the lid, by pressing slightly, but don't close it completely, as this will put holes in your pocket. Just let the weight of the lid do most of the work while helping it along slightly.
- The cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your dough, but you're looking for a golden-brown, crunchy exterior. This should take between 5 & 10 minutes, but you will be able to tell if it’s done, by looking at it.
- Carefully remove the pocket from the iron, slice along the lines & enjoy.