December 9, 2011

Tofurky Italian Sausage Pizza

This week, I'm checking out a frozen pizza: Tofurky Italian Sausage Pizza. This pizza has Daiya-brand fake cheese on it, so I was very curious to see if it could replicate the non-vegan pizza experience.

Not much to say about the preparation - popped it into the oven, straight onto the rack for maximum crispiness, and out it came. One thing I should say is that this pizza is pretty small. The nutrition information says that a serving size is 1/3 of the pizza, and while that was an okay amount, the teenage boy and twenty-nine-and-a-half-year-old dude I was sharing this pizza with were both still very hungry after eating their third of a pizza. So plan for that, and if you're feeding several hungry people, maybe get two of these.

Okay, the results. Let's start at the bottom with the crust. This was a VERY thin crust. More of a cracker than a pizza crust. It had a good flavor, and a nice crispy texture, but it was definitely very thin. Next, well, I can't really break up the toppings into fake-meat/cheese/veggies because they all sort of blended together. I could definitely taste the tiny shards of Italian sausage, and they added a nice spicy flavor to the pizza.

As far as I could tell, the cheese was actually underneath all the toppings, because I couldn't actually see any of it, and that's usually fine. The texture of the cheese, though, was a little weird. Now, I'm used to pizza with the stretchy cheese experience - you know, where you take a bite and the cheese stretches out, connecting the pizza to your mouth before it finally breaks and slaps you in the chin with hot pizza sauce. Yeah, that sounds awful, but it's part of the experience. This definitely didn't have that, and I wasn't really expecting it to. But I think I was expecting a more chewy cheese - this was sort of a gooey, creamy paste. Perhaps when mixed with the sauce, it got weird. It wasn't a terrible experience, but not one I generally associate with pizza.

As far as the rest of the toppings, there sure were a lot of veggies. Dare I say… too many? It was just edge-to-edge veggies - barely even any crust to hang on to on the outside, which isn't always a bad thing, but it made it a little tricky to eat.

All in all, this was like eating a crispy cracker, with some sort of creamy spread, and a sausage-flavored veggie salsa. Not quite what my brain associates with pizza, but I really don't know what else you would call this, so I'll keep calling it pizza. As far as frozen pizzas go, this is quite a tasty experience, but the cheese left something to be desired for me.

The experience:
Texture - crispy crust, (oddly) creamy cheese, slightly chewy sausage crumbs, and lots of small-dice veggies
Flavor - tasted like a veggie pizza with a hint of sausage

Final grade for this attempt: A-

1 comment:

  1. Too thin crust, too many veggies, all of these things are things I love about pizza. After reading this I really want one. :)