BARBECUE TOFU PIZZA WITH OPTIONAL CHICKEN SUBSTITUTION

Crispy barbecue-sauce-coated tofu replaces chicken in this tangy, irresistible vegetarian version of barbecue chicken pizza. Feeding meat-eaters too? It’s easy to make a tofu version for the vegetarians and chicken for the meat-eaters.
BARBECUE TOFU PIZZA WITH OPTIONAL CHICKEN SUBSTITUTION

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 pound (16 ounces) of your favorite store-bought or homemade pizza crust
  2. 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
  3. 1 cup crispy salt & pepper tofu pieces -or- 1 cup large-diced cooked chicken (or 1/2 cup of each, if making two smaller pizzas)
  4. 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  5. 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 3 cups) (we use low-moisture whole-milk, but use what you like, even fresh – this recipe is very forgiving)
  6. Kosher salt
  7. Handful of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Roll/pull/flatten the pizza crust dough to about 14 inches in diameter (if making one tofu and one chicken pizza, divide dough in half and shape into two pizzas about 8 inches in diameter.)
  • Brush a cookie sheet with a little olive oil and carefully lay the pizza crust(s) on the cookie sheet.
  • Spread 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce onto the dough, leaving about a 1/2 inch border around the edges. (If making two pizzas, spread 1/4 cup on each pizza).
  • Add tofu or chicken to a small bowl and add remaining barbecue sauce. Carefully toss and evenly place pieces over pizza crust. (If making two pizzas, place tofu in one bowl and chicken in the other, and pour 1/4 cup sauce over each. Toss and spread on respective crusts.)