white pizza with roasted garlic coconut cream and sun dried tomatoes

i love pizza in all it’s forms.  sure it’s traditionally topped with red sauce and gooey strands of cheezy goodness, but also layered with pesto instead, or no sauce at all.  with this recipe i had the idea that rather than worrying about not only making a sauce but also a cheese substitute, i could make a combination of the two.

the sauce is made creamy by a little coconut milk, while all the flavor explodes from the roasted garlic, which permeates the soft chewiness of the crust.  complimented nicely by hints of tangy sweetness from sun dried tomatoes and little bursts of freshness added by thyme.

if you’ve never taken a crack at making your own pizza, what better time than now?

crust
1 1/2 tsp active yeast
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground coriander
1 c warm water
about 2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp + 2 tbsp olive oil

roasted garlic coconut cream
2 heads garlic
1/2 c coconut milk
1/4 tsp salt

toppings
1/2 c sun dried tomatoes
a few sprigs fresh thyme

mix together the dry active yeast, sugar and ground coriander in a large bowl.  mix in the 1 cup of water, which should be warm to the touch.  set aside for a few minutes until it foams.

then toss in the salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and slowly sift in about 1 3/4 cups flour until it sticks together into a loose dough.

lightly flour a cutting board and turn the dough out onto it.  lightly knead it for about a minute, then set the ball in a large bowl greased with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  turn the dough over to cover in oil.

then let sit in a warm place until it doubles in size, this may take an hour or two.

meanwhile roast the heads of garlic.  chop the tops off to make them easier to extract later.  lay them in aluminum foil and cover with a little olive oil.  roast at 375F for about an hour until light golden brown.

when they are cool enough to handle you can pop the cloves out with your fingers.  blend them with the coconut milk and salt, and set aside.

at least an hour before you assemble the pizza rehydrate your sun dried tomatoes in water, and drain before using.

once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 475F to give it plenty of time to heat up.  lightly flour a large baking pan, then sprinkle the top of the dough and your hands.  gently remove the dough from the bowl onto the pan – it will deflate a little.  lightly flour the dough again if needed and press out to a large oval, slightly thicker around the edges.

lightly pour the cream across the crust, then dress with the sun dried tomatoes and bits of fresh thyme.

bake at 475F for 10 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges and the cream is starting to bubble.

cut up and enjoy immediately!

yields 3-4 servings

Comments

76 Responses to “white pizza with roasted garlic coconut cream and sun dried tomatoes”
  1. Rose says:

    Using coconut milk is a stroke of genius…the pizza looks picture perfect and I’m sure it tastes just a good too.

  2. Coconut milk on pizza?!? Sounds very intriguing and no doubt delicious. I’m gonna try this out soon and if I like it, it will certainly be on the menu at my next pizza party!

  3. lex says:

    Wow jacqueline you have done it again! This looks phenomenal and I am making it as soon as the BD gets off vacation and goes back to work! I am dreaming of eating this on a thursday night with my favorite show and a glass of wine! Just wondering if you are using a stone? I can’t live without mine, and I just want to make sure I don’t have to alter the temp!

  4. Lauren says:

    This looks amazing! And such a great idea. Do you think I might be able to get the same result with a vegan béchamel sauce in place of coconut milk? I think I’ll experiment and make this tomorrow, all smothered with veggies.

  5. Gina says:

    Um….WOW?!? You really don’t taste the coconut milk at all?? Must make this!

  6. t says:

    What an awesome idea! Cannot wait to give it a shot! Roasted garlic on pizza is always the best.

  7. KarmaLily says:

    This looks delicious. I can’t wait to make it!

  8. I’ve never thought of making a garlic and coconut sauce for pizza. What a great idea! I’m going to try this sometime soon. We have pizza a lot while traveling and this sounds like a good way to mix it up.

  9. This looks incredible, I will definitely give it a try! Thank you xxx

  10. veggievixen says:

    just this weekend i used coconut milk instead of soy milk in a cupcake recipe. glad to know it can be used in other delicious ways.

  11. Hmm, it looks tasty, I m gonna try this recipe and deliver it to my customers as well. Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe.

  12. I cannot get over this white sauce – how did you ever think it up? Om nom nom, oh my goodness I must try this sumptuous version of pizza next time I make a dough…

  13. Megan says:

    Wow, this sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I can’t believe how simple that garlic coconut cream is-what a good combination with the sun dried tomatoes!

  14. Belle says:

    Oh my gosh! I made this last night and it was so amazing. This is just as good as regular pizza, except much healthier and a lot less expensive to make. Also, this has to be the best crust I have ever made as well. It was so soft and pillowy, not dense and tough like it pizza dough usually turns out for me. Thank you so so much for this recipe!!

  15. piile says:

    the garlic/coconut sauce is absolutely stellar, thank you!

  16. kathryn says:

    I am the biggest pizza fan ever! I have to make this right now!!!

  17. Andy says:

    Tried it last night. What a fantastic alternative to the creamy alfredo-style pizzas! I opted to make it with Udi’s frozen pizza crusts. Highly recommended if you don’t have time to make your own.
    I’ll be making this again, but next time w/ a few other additions like artichokes or mushrooms.
    Thanks for the recipe, it’s a winner.

  18. kathryn says:

    I just made this and it turned out perfect!!! I even did a whole wheat crust with flax seed and the flavor was soo good. My husband was soo impressed!

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  20. Kathryn says:

    I can’t stop making this pizza it is sooo good. A new favorite at my house :) thank you so much!

  21. Heather says:

    Does any other type of milk work instead of coconut milk, like almond milk?

  22. WOW WOW WOW! This looks truly amazing! I cook with coconut milk all the time- did you used canned or the refrigerated type such as So Delicious? I am so making this!!!

  23. Your roasted garlic cream is TO DIE FOR. I made it tonight , added some spinach and used it in a zucchini lasagna. Thank you so much for a recipe that I will use over and over and over again. I did reference you in my blog post which you can view here http://www.theveganversion.com/2011/07/zucchini-lasagna.html. Thanks again! I am so glad to have found your blog!

  24. That looks so delicious i don’t even know what to say!!!!!

  25. Amy says:

    Is it possible to substitute with another “cream/milk”? My son has a coconut allergy.

    • jacqueline says:

      coconut milk is particularly thick so if you substitute it i would suggest something thick, they make substitute creams out of soy and almond that might work well – if you try let me know how it works!

  26. Amanda says:

    I made this last night! The crust is absolutely DELICIOUS! And the rest of the pizza was awesome too :) Next time, though, I will try to make sure the pizza dough is laid out more level and that my crust isn’t weak on one side. I had to perform emergency surgery halfway through baking when I noticed the coconut milk cream leaking out of the pizza!

  27. Cbn says:

    Will low fat canned coconut work? That is the type I usually get at TJs

  28. Shawna says:

    Tripled the dough so my hubby and sons can have leftovers tomorrow.
    If it were just a dough I’d be ecstatic! It is rising nicely and smells great!
    I’m sure my guys will be very happy tonight!

  29. Miranda says:

    Wow! This was my first experience making a homemade pizza and all I can murmur is wow, because my mouth is full of this delicious creation! Super creative, I’ll be making this again! Finally a vegan pizza my husband is excited to share with me! Thank you!

  30. Rebecca says:

    My dough was really sticky, are you sure we only add 1- 3/4c. flour? “and slowly sift in about 1 3/4 cups flour until it sticks together into a loose dough.” Even after 2-1/2 c. it was still a little sticky.!?!

  31. Hilary Penner says:

    Hi
    Don’t know why I am so confused- are you using coconut milk from a can- right? Because its thick. Or coconut milk from the refrigerated section of the store?
    Thanks!

  32. Sharon Veronica says:

    You are making me hungry!!!! This looks and sounds super delicious!!! I’m a vegetarian working on going vegan, and I think this will kick me of my cheese pizza habit! I’m going to make this tomorrow and I suspect i’ll be eating this mock-cheese pizza from now on :) Thanks for a great recipe that looks AND sounds (and i’m sure tastes) great!!!

  33. Dawn says:

    How large was your baking pan? One half of a cup seems like so little sauce.

  34. Susie says:

    So delicious! My boyfriend and I make this regularly now because we love it so much. This is one of the best replacements for cheese on a pizza that I’ve ever seen.

  35. Jen says:

    OMG I just made this and it is so good!!!

  36. Natasha says:

    I love this sauce recipe, it’s so easy. I add nutritional yeast too for extra cheesiness.

  37. andy says:

    I just made this, waiting for it to cool down. It was pretty easy and smelling the garlic roasting away in my oven was heavenly! I added sweet basil from my own garden and cannot wait to dive into this. I am neither a vegetarian nor a vegan but I am SO excited for this pizza to become a regular on our “Meatless Meal” days.

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