Rather than diving into this project head-on, I decided to gently wade into the water (Nacho cheese? Duck fat?) that is Guy Fieri’s cooking. His S’mores pizza recipe is pretty much already vegan and I’d like to think if Fieri ate a slice of this, he wouldn’t know the difference. Plus, the original recipe is available on the Amazon page for Guy Fieri Food for anyone to view.
The key here is vegan air-puffed marshmallows, a rich, dark chocolate and graham crackers without honey. All of these things won’t actually change the taste of the dish, so it’s a good one for fooling skeptical omnivores.
Recipe for Vegan S’mores Pizza:
*1 ball of pizza dough
6 full sheets of vegan graham crackers (I used Nabisco Original Graham Crackers, in the red box. If you want something healthier, I believe the WHole Foods brand cinnamon sugar graham crackers are vegan, and the cinnamon sugar would be tasty here.)
**1 bag of Dandies marshmallows
4 oz. of vegan chocolate (I used a bar, but chips work too if you have them)
¼ cup Toasted slivered almonds (optional)
2 tbsp. Earth Balance
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
¼ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. chili powder
¼ tsp. salt
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Toast almonds in a dry pan over medium heat for about 3 minutes or until light brown. Set aside.
Melt Earth Balance in a man over medium heat. Crush graham crackers into the pan with your hands (or pulse a few times in a food processor). Add spices and mix to coat the graham crackers. Set aside.
Stretch out your dough to fit your desired baking sheet. Trim any excess dough that hangs off the edges. You don’t want to stretch your dough too thin, because it will need to support all of the toppings. Poke holes in the dough with a fork and bake for 3-4 minutes, until slightly brown.
Remove the pizza crust from the oven and let it cool a bit, for about 5-10 minutes.
Once crust has cooled enough to touch, add the marshmallows first and then top them with the chocolate (this is why I used a broken up chocolate bar). Return to the oven for another 4 minutes, until marshmallows are lightly toasted and the chocolate is melted. Remove the pizza from the oven and add the almonds and graham crackers. Let cool before slicing and serving.
*Note about the dough: I don’t know exactly how much dough to tell you to use, I’m sorry. I gave up on making my own dough when I moved to Pittsburgh. I lived right by a pizzeria that would often times give me dough for free if I batted my eyelashes and asked nicely (Thank you, Graziano’s). Now that I live in New York, there is really no reason for me to make pizza dough ever when whatever I make will undoubtedly be inferior to what I could get for $3-4 from any pizza shop. Make dough if you want to, but if you buy a ball of dough, that works just as well.
**Note about the marshmallows: Marshmallows are not vegan because they contain gelatin, a product derived from animal bones. Currently there are two types of vegan marshmallows available: Dandies (made by Chicago Vegan Foods) and Sweet & Sara. Both are delicious, but only Dandies are air-puffed, and are more similar to your average marshmallow. Sweet & Sara ‘mallows are denser, and although they also melt when heated, I would recommend Dandies for a more “authentic” look. That being said, Sweet & Sara makes some excellent s’mores-type treats that are definitely worth a try (get the peanut butter one).