This vegetarian pizza is quick, simple and delicious, and it’s really easy to adapt for those with dietary restrictions: leave the cheese out for a vegan version (or use vegan cheese) or make it with a gluten free crust for a gluten free pizza.
As I mentioned in my Vegan Chickpea Cauliflower Ajvar Stew post, Ajvar (or Ayvar) relish is a condiment from the Balkans, made from mainly red bell and hot peppers. It is a really versatile ingredient, and we use it in tons of ways – one new favorite is this pizza that I came up with when we were in Sweden last summer.
I chose to add cheese to this particular pizza because we had some in the fridge that my brother had left after a visit, and I thought it would be really good on it (it was), but it’s just as delicious without it.
As I also mentioned in the Ajvar Stew post, I am allergic to eggplant and can’t eat the Ajvar they sell at my Whole Foods. But the Ajvar from my new favorite brand, Granny’s Secret, is eggplant-free (and delicious!) and so far, the only place I have found that sells it here in the US is Parthenon Foods.
I used pre-made crusts to make things easier and faster, but you could of course make this with homemade or bought pizza dough as well.