Easy Cheezy Chili Pizza Snails – My Virtual Vegan Potlock May 2013 Entry

11 May

Yes I know – a Pizza Snail doesn’t sound that appetizing – nor very Vegan. But I wanted a title that would catch your attention – Did I succeed?

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With more than 150 participants in the Potlock this time I want to make sure to make an impact and get some more followers, so I can succeed with my vision: TO HELP 1.000.000 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD GET HEALTHIER. Sounds good? You are actually helping me just by reading this blog post (so thank you) – if you decide you like what your read, you can be apart of the MIND YOUR FOODS revolution by following and sharing it – Thank you in advance πŸ™‚

….. And now what you came here for: a recipe for a vegan appetizer!

Normally I’m all for making everything from scratch – I grow my own veg and sprouts, bake bread without yeast, make dressings and sauces, soak and cook beans etc. But sometimes you just need something delicious and fairly quick. If you make sure to get good organic ready-made stuff and you only take the easy way out once in a while you will be alright, because stress is actually more bad for you than a lot of fast food πŸ™‚

I write that my recipe is fairly quick, because some might think that a quick dish takes 5 min and other people think a quick dish takes 1 hour to make. The only “time consuming” thing in this appetizer is the vegan cheeze – that takes about 10-15 mins to make – and you can make it in advance. It keeps in the fridge for 3-4 days and makes a very good sandwich spread as well. Do the dishes while the snails are in the oven and you will have a clean kitchen and food ready in 40 mins (The macadamia nuts needs to soak in water for 3-4 hours – if your have a VITAMIX you can make it without soaking). You can make this into normal pizzas as a main dish as well.


What you need from the supermarket for making appetizers for 4 people:
2 wholewheat, spelt or rye tortillas – sprouted if you can get them where you live
200 ml of your favorite tomato pizza or pasta sauce – I use a spicy version
2 large onions – finely sliced rings
Sunflower oil – I only cook with sunflower, grape seed and coconut oil as they can be heated to high temperatures without being toxic and loosing their healthy qualities.

Cherry tomatoes – halved
A bag of mixed lettuce

Quick basil dressing

2 handfuls of fresh basil
Lemon juice (of half a lemon)
50 ml. olive oil


For the vegan cheeze (This recipe will make you enough for about 4-6 regular pizzas):

100 grams macadamia nuts – or cashews (Soaked in water for minimum 3 hours)
500 ml. water
Juice of half a lemon
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons of tapioca starch/flour – If you can’t get it where you live – use potato starch or arrowroot
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil
1 very finely chopped chili pepper (optional – you could also make a plain cheeze or use another herb)

Set the oven to 220 degrees (430 F).

I start out by making the vegan cheeze. Blend all the ingredients except the chili. It needs to be very smooth. Put the mix in a saucepan and heat up on high heat and turn down to medium after a few minutes. You need to stir all the time to stop the cheeze from burning to the pan. It might start to part and look a bit weird – but just keep stirring and after about 5 mins your cheeze is ready. It should look like yoghurt. Set aside while making the rest.

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Spread out the tomato sauce on the tortillas – all the way to the edges. Cover the pizza with onion and drizzle with sunflower oil. Bake in the oven for 5-7 mins (If you are making this as a normal pizza for a main course add the chili to the cheeze and spread the cheeze on to the pizzas and bake for approx. 15 mins until the tortilla is crisp and the cheeze is golden).

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Prepare the dressing while baking.

Blend 2 handfuls of fresh basil with juice of half a lemon, some salt, some pepper and 50 ml. olive oil.

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Take out the pizzas – take care when handling it. Roll the pizzas and cut in 1 inch slices. Place back on the backing tray in groups of 3 – put against each other to keep the tortillas rolled up. Heat up the cheeze again to make it easier to handle – stir in the chili. Spread over the snails and bake for another 10-15 mins until the cheeze is golden brown.

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Plate up with a handful of lettuce, the dressing Β and a few cherry tomatoes – Voila!

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(Did you manage in 40 mins?)

Here’s a few pics of the regular pizzas (and of me eating all the snails!)

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Thank you very much for making your way through the Virtual Vegan Potluck. I hope you have enjoyed my post and will enjoy all the other blog posts as well.

Hit the GO BACK button to read My Kitchen Apothecary’s entry – or GO FORWARD into the beverages category to read Veggie4Ayear’s entry.


21 Responses to “Easy Cheezy Chili Pizza Snails – My Virtual Vegan Potlock May 2013 Entry”

  1. veganmiam May 11, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    That’s just a fun recipe! I never had “pizza snails” and happy Virtual Vegan Potluck Day! x


    β™‘ rika, vegan miam
    β˜… we travel + eat vegan blog β˜…

  2. Somer May 11, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    I make a VERY similar vegan cheese for pizza on my site! Love the look of those snails!

  3. Sophie33 May 11, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I agree this is a fab recipe! I love making nut cheeses myself too, mostly cashews, for the creamier texture. I must combine these beautiful recipes & make this! Yummy!

  4. Poppy May 11, 2013 at 10:59 am #


  5. Poppy May 11, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    And wow that cheese looks amazing! It looks like melted cheese!

  6. An Unrefined Vegan May 11, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Definitely caught my attention! You have a very worthy goal – best of luck spreading the word of health through eating! Thank you for participating and I appreciate your patience ;-)!

    • mindyourfoods June 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      And thank you for making the Virtual Vegan Potlock happen! πŸ™‚

  7. Treesa May 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    It’s great to be connected to you for the VVP! BTW: Love your goal!

    • mindyourfoods June 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      Thank you for reading it and making a comment, Treesa πŸ™‚

  8. sugarcoatedvegan May 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    I have been craving pizza lately so I just might have to try your version! πŸ™‚ Happy VVP!

    – alexis

  9. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) May 11, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

    So creative! I like the step-by-step photos, too. πŸ™‚

  10. Brittany May 12, 2013 at 12:13 am #

    Heck yes I would make this dish!! YUM! I love the shape haha how cute.

  11. Maggie Muggins May 12, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Those are the cutest things ever! And tasty to boot πŸ™‚

  12. spinachrevolution May 12, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Pizza snails. I love the idea. The dish looks great. Thank you for the great recipe and ‘snail’ idea.

  13. sweetveg May 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    These look so fun! I love that you made the pizza into rolls and then poured cheese on top. They look very tasty.

  14. celestedimilla May 14, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    Easy is always a plus in my book (I’m a lazy cook), but these look yummy too! Great addition to the pot luck. Celeste:)

  15. tinykitchenstories May 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Pizza–it’s always a great choice! I like how you combine a pizza and a wrap!

  16. Keely @ Gormandize May 20, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Cute name! Nice to see you at the potluck!

  17. lifeatthecircle September 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    great DIY photos – makes the recipe look pretty easy to follow.


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