Pizza Week 2015, Day 7: Chili Cheese Chick Dog Pizza

Figured I better get caught up and post my last pizza tonight since it will make me incredibly sad to look at pictures of pizza once Lent starts. TOMORROW. Lent. Starts. Tomorrow!

Well, for some of us, anyway. For Sunday dinner the rest of my family decided to have chili cheese dogs. I love chili-cheese-just-about-anything, so why not just replace the bun with a pizza crust?

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So this is just my standard crust, and I used chili for the sauce – nothing fancy, just sauteed onions, refried beans, petite diced tomatoes and some of the juice, and pepper, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and Frank’s Redhot Sauce to taste.

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I wasn’t going to buy anymore cheese after picking up a package of Chao yesterday, but today I grabbed these veggie shreds – the purple bag is vegan! It says so right on the bag (green is just lactose free). Normally I’d go with Daiya cheddar, but the stores that carry it around here were closed…and Veggie Shreds are cheaper.

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Now, this may not look like a layer of hotdogs, and that’s because it’s a layer of CHICK dogs. This is a great filling for hotdog buns, and it worked very well on the pizza, too.

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I like sauerkraut, onions, and mustard on my chili dogs – you can also add pickles!

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And finally, Field Roast Chao slices. This was a real splurge for me, apparently it’s way more expensive in my area, maybe because we just have a couple little health food stores. It was on sale for $5.49, normally $7.39! This is the Coconut Herb flavor with black pepper.

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I baked it at 425 for about 20 minutes, and 450 for another 5 minutes or so. The Chao didn’t really melt, it just got soft and, well, sort of translucent.

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Still, it went very well with the rest of the toppings. I ate half the pizza at dinner time, and now I’m going to try to finish it off!

I’m going to do a separate post on Chao slices, but I will tell you now why I prefer Daiya to Veggie Shreds. The Veggie Shreds melt SO well, just beautifully, and the flavor is pretty good. But when you eat it, it kind of sticks to the back of your teeth and has an odd texture. I find myself wanting to scrape my teeth after each bite. However they are $2 cheaper than Daiya and can be found at Meijer, super convenient. And the negative qualities seem to make it more Lenten somehow šŸ™‚

Anyway, thank you all very much for celebrating Pizza Week with me yet again. And don’t worry, we still have Vegan Pizza Day to look forward to!

0 thoughts on “Pizza Week 2015, Day 7: Chili Cheese Chick Dog Pizza

  1. Your pizzas are as unusual as they are good! Do you have a recipe for the chick dog or is that something that can be purchased? Thanks for blogging about pizza week! I’ll be joining you again next year!

    • šŸ™‚ What are you doing up at 4am??? I hope you went back to bed. You can click on the words Chick Dog in this recipe, they link back to the Quick Chick Dog. Maybe I’ll add a link at the bottom so it’s easier to find.

  2. So…I just discovered your blog and I’m kind of already in love with it. You post such awesome things! I was wondering, though: are you vegan all the time, or just during Lent? I ask because your recipes look preeeeeetty great, and any recipes I can find that are new, different, or fairly simple are always enjoyable for me! I can’t wait to see what other fabulous recipes you have to offer. šŸ˜€

  3. Are you sure you don’t like the Lite Life hot dogs in Produce at Meijer? Field Roast Frankfurters (Harvest Health) are insanely good, but also insanely expensive. I also enjoy those Lite Life hot dogs, and I think I prefer them b/c they are so similar to an old fashioned “Ball Park” hot dog, whereas the Field Roast ones are like the ones we used to get at the butcher’s shop. I realize you said: “Iā€™m not a big fan of the bright pink, rubbery veggie dogs readily available in most grocery stores” They are actually good and not bright pink or rubbery, imo. I completely understand your feeling that way. You should try again. When I was a kid, my mom used to scramble eggs for me with chopped up hot dogs. The other day I scrambled extra firm silken tofu (the kind in the small box, not in water, sold in Meijer Produce) in Earth Balance butter with chopped Lite Life hot dogs. I crumbled the tofu & cooked & stirred all of it long enough to cook most of water out of tofu. Added teensy bit tumeric and teensy bit of black salt & black pepper. Turned out DELISH, not kidding!! It was so reminiscent of the scrambled eggs w/ hot dogs I used to have as a kid.

    • I eat them about twice a year, I think. I don’t hate them, I think they just remind me a little too much of real hotdogs! But yeah, last year when I had them I used the leftovers in a casserole and I chopped them up and pan fried them before adding them in. It definitely changed them for the better when they were browned and crispy around the edges. Maybe I’ll try them in a scramble next time.

  4. Oh I forgot to say: I used 2 chopped up Lite Life hot dogs for one small box of no water extra firm tofu. The seasoning in the hot dogs really got into all the scramble, and it was so good. No veggies added. Just like old time.

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