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Alternative to Cheese on Pizza?

I was recently telling a friend of mine about "white pizza" and she said it sounded great and she would like to try one. She then asked, "How do I make one?" So I proceeded to tell her how I made one... When I got to the cheese she said, "I can not eat cheese?" She is from South Africa and said when she orders a delivery pizza without cheese they put something on it, which she thought was a mix of something white, mayo tasting(???). So I pose the question, What would make a good alternative to cheese on a white pizza or even a regular pizza for that matter?

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  1. Can she not eat any dairy at all? Because if she can, she could use some drained yogurt, which has about the same consistency as cream cheese.

    Otherwise, there isn't anything that combines the flavour profile and meltability of cheese. I like cheeseless pizza, especially when the toppings have strong flavours, but I've never tried to replace the cheese with anything.

    Though you could use huitlaoche for a creamy, smoky taste not unlike some mature cheeses.

    1. I mean, it's not really pizza, of course, more like a flatbread, but I like pizza crust with hummus and roasted veggies on top ( I usually put a bit of goat cheese on, but I think it wold be OK without). Roasted sliced summer squash/zucchini is extra good because it has that sort of mushy-moist thing that is vaguely cheeselike (I mean, SORT OF).

      1. I have often eaten cheeseless pizza - just tomato sauce and a topping like mushrooms and green peppers...never bothered with a substitute for the cheese.

        1. Salad Pizza! One of my faves...
          You get a regular pizza sauced, no cheese, with a dressed salad on top. Very good.

            1. I also wonder about *no dairy* or is it no *cow's milk*... if so, of course there are goat and sheep's milk alternatives.

              Also she could blend tofutti cream cheese w/ spices, salt, and something to thin it a bit and make it spreadable like ricotta...

              She might also consider roasting cauliflower until really really well done, then pureeing to make a very flavorful base for white pizza.

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              1. re: Emme

                What about some sort of tofu blended with herbs to make a "white base substitute" for the white pizza?

                Or, a blend of artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, and olive oil (and maybe herbs) as the palm hearts provide a tang similar to cheese IMO

                In case she wants to make cheese...


                1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
                1/2 cup flour
                1/2 tsp salt
                1/2 tsp garlic powder
                2 cups water
                1/4 cup margarine (can leave out to lower fat or sub w/ Earth Balance for good fats)
                1 tsp wet mustard

                Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Whisk in water. Cook over medium heat, whisking, until it thickens and bubbles. Cook 30 seconds, then remove from heat, whip in margarine and mustard. It will thicken as it cools, but will thin when heated, or when water is added. Makes 3 cups.

              2. I've tried the Amy's Organics Pesto and Roasted Vegetable Pizzas. They are pretty good. I haven't yet tried making it at home though.

                Each pizza has a thick layer of rich pesto on it, with a combination of roasted peppers, tomatos, onions and eggplant.

                1. tomato pie = sicilian w/ just sauce (though sometimes there is parmesan)

                  olive oil + thinly-sliced fresh tomato + grilled veggies makes for a tasty, tasty pizza.

                  salad pizza, like amanda mentioned.

                  still thinking... i know there is plenty more... pity she can't eat cheese...

                  1. I've often seen simple white sauce (Bechemel: butter and flour roux, with heated milk or cream whisked in) used as the base for asparagus or other green vegetable pizza.

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                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      Yup... I've made bechamel pizzas before, just for fun (i have no problems with cheese), and I really enjoyed them.

                    2. As a replacement for cheese....If you puree black or green pitted olives in a food processor they spread nicely as a base for pizza. Top with fresh tomatoes, eggplant, chicken-you've got dinner!