This week on the show, we talked about homemade pizza bagels and ate Yves Veggie Pepperoni.
Letter: Goldenbergs Peanut Chews
In a previous episode, we asked about your favorite accidentally vegan candy. Jen on Instagram writes:
If you can find these anywhere down here... these accidentally vegan candies are my fave... Goldenbergs Peanut Chews with the dark chocolate coating ... I have a HARD time finding anywhere except NY (and 700lb bag on Amazon).
This is in reference to your candy mention on podcast.
We are on the lookout! It does look like Amazon has these in smaller quantities -- here's a two pound package -- but that's still a big commitment to a candy we've never tried!
Burger King Vegan Chicken Sandwich
This week's news item is an exciting announcement from Burger King UK. They're launching a vegan chicken sandwich. Y'all, it looks so good!
Just like the conventional version, the Vegan Chicken Royale Burger is loaded up with lettuce and lots of mayo. Of course, the vegan version uses vegan mayo.
High five, BKUK! Now bring that sandwich to a BK in Atlanta, so I can eat it!
Homemade Bagel Pizzas
This week, we made bagel pepperoni pizzas with Yves Veggie Pepperoni. We'll get into the pepperoni in detail below, but here's where we will tell you about how we made the pizzas, which were a big hit for all three of us.
We used plain bagels as the base for these. Think of them as gigantic bagel bites. I wanted the pizzas to have more surface area, though, so we used a rolling pin to flatten the bagel halves.
The flattening also gave the bagels a more pizza crust-like width and mouthfeel. I definitely recommend doing this!
After rolling out the bagels, we spread a tablespoon or two of jarred pizza sauce to each bagel half.
Then, we topped it with vegan mozzarella shreds and the pepperoni and baked them at 350° F for 25 minutes. I'd recommend 20 minutes as the baking time next time, though, because the bottoms of the bagels did scorch a bit.
That's the long story. Here's the short version:
- Split 3 bagels in half, and use a rolling pin to flatten them.
- Spread 1-2 tablespoons of vegan pizza sauce on to each bagel half.
- Sprinkle vegan mozzarella onto each half.
- Top with vegan pepperoni (or your toppings of choice), and bake at 350° F for 20 minutes.
Yves Veggie Pepperoni
This vegan pepperoni was the reason we made these bagel pizzas. They were part of the big GTFO It's Vegan order that Dave placed for my birthday. We are really making that box of food last!
Uncooked, this pepperoni tasted like bologna to me. To Dave, it tasted like Yves Veggie Ham.
On the pizza, the slices firmed up a bit, but they didn't get that crispiness you'd expect from pepperoni. They also didn't super have a pepperoni flavor.
I suspect that Yves was trying to make a healthy pepperoni, and in the process they backed off on the salt. Their pepperoni has half the salt of animal-based pepperoni. It also has much less fat.
That's definitely healthier, but I think that backing off that much on the salt and fat is a bit part of why these didn't give me or Dave a pepperoni experience. The taste and mouthfeel just weren't there.
For me, it still scratched the pepperoni itch, but Dave considered this one a total miss. He stressed that he loved the pizza, but the pepperoni just wasn't his jam.
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