Vegan BBQ Jackruit Pizza with Hemp Seed Cheddar and Ranch
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Grilled Vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pizza with Hemp Seed Cheddar

This grilled vegan BBQ jackfruit pizza with hemp seed cheddar was designed with summer in mind. Grilled pizza is topped with BBQ pulled jackfruit, tangy hemp seed cheddar cheese, zesty hemp seed ranch, red onions, and fresh cilantro.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Pizza
Servings: 2 to 4
Author: Ashley Melillo | Blissful Basil

Ingredients

BBQ Jackfruit

  • 1 20- ounce can young green jackfruit in water or brine
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice or 1/2 cup of my 10-minute tangy maple bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Hemp Seed Ranch

  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 1/4 cup filtered water
  • 1 scallion, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Hemp Seed Cheddar

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons filtered water
  • 1/4 cup Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Pizza

  • 12 ounces pizza dough (I used half of a bag of Whole Foods' multigrain dough)*
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and sliced very thinly into rounds
  • 1/4 cup loosely-packed cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/2 tablespoon Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts

Instructions

BBQ Jackfruit

  • In a colander, drain and rinse the jackfruit. Cut the core of the jackfruit (the triangular tip) from the flesh and discard, leaving only the stringy portion of the jackfruit.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Add in the jackfruit flesh and toss to coat.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium and add the seasoned jackfruit. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes to bloom the spices.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce and water and pour it over the jackfruit. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the lid from the skillet and use 2 forks to shred the jackfruit. Continue to simmer with the lid off for another 5 minutes or until the barbecue sauce is reduced, stirring occasionally.

Hemp Seed Ranch

  • Meanwhile, make the hemp seed ranch by combining all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blending on high until smooth. Spoon into an airtight jar and refrigerate until assembling.

Hemp Seed Cheddar

  • Meanwhile, make the hemp cheese sauce by combining all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blending on high until smooth. Pour into a medium sauce pan and heat over medium. Whisk continuously for 5 minutes or until thickened. As it cooks, you may notice greenish flecks from the blended hemp seeds -- this is normal and to be expected with hemp seeds.

Pizza

  • Heat grill over high, ensuring that the grill grates are free of buildup and debris.
  • Meanwhile, lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out your pizza dough to desired shape and size. Don't stress about creating a perfect circle or rectangle, this is a rustic pizza so a freely-formed shape is welcome. Transfer the pizza dough to a pizza peel or maneuverable cutting board and brush the top with approximately 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Once the grill is hot, reduce the heat to medium and carefully oil the grates with olive oil. Carefully flip the dough onto the grill, oiled side down, close the grill lid, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until the bottom is golden-brown. Then, brush the top, uncooked portion of the dough with olive oil and carefully flip the pizza.
  • Once flipped, brush the top of the pizza with the 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and spread the jackfruit over the pizza. Then, use a tablespoon to drizzle or dot the top of the pizza with the hemp seed cheddar. Top with as much of the sliced red onion as desired. Close the grill lid and cook for another 2 to 4 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza has golden-brown grill marks. Carefully transfer the pizza back to the pizza peel or cutting board. Drizzle with the hemp seed ranch and sprinkle with fresh cilantro and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts. Slice and serve immediately.

Notes

*You can also use a precooked flatbread pizza. Simply reduce the grill time.