Hola amigos, friends of Spanish cuisine! Today I have something delicious for you again: Coca de Verdura, the Spanish answer to Italian pizza. Similar, but again completely different and new. Simple, healthy and super tasty!
During our last holiday in Spain I saw Coca de Verdura on display in many bakeries. This traditional dish is actually always prepared vegan, mostly with a lot of vegetables that were previously steamed in olive oil. By the way, the name Coca has its roots already in the Middle Ages – translated it means “cake”. In the region of Valencia, Catalonia and the Balearic Islands there are both sweet and salty varieties.
Coca de Verdura also tastes cold
Coca de Verdura tastes both hot and cold. The Spanish like to serve it with a good wine. It can be served in different ways depending on the season or your mood. I like a lot of vegetables, so today we have a delicious Coca de Verdura with paprika for you. I got the recipe for it from the absolutely brilliant cookbook “Vegan from all over the world”. The cookbook was written by the operators of the Villa Vegana on Mallorca. It is one of my absolute favourite cookbooks (and that means something, considering my huge collection).
For those who cannot imagine a pizza without cheese, it is worth a try. It tastes wonderfully of olive oil and paprika, and the herbs and garlic immediately transport you to the south. On this pizza the cheese is simply not missing, it would only cover the flavours and that would be far too bad. Thereby, this Spanish pizza is, much less caloric than its Italian counterpart. So feasting without a guilty conscience is possible.
If you are in a hurry
If you don’t have the time or desire to prepare the dough yourself, you can of course use a ready made yeast dough. Meanwhile there are many vegan pizza doughs in the supermarket. However, I recommend to make the dough yourself, because it doesn’t take that much effort and is fun, besides it really tastes much better.
If you want, you can also experiment with the topping and get creative. For example, try it with onions, chard, spinach, tomatoes or zucchini.
Spanish Coca de Verdura
For the dough:
- 300 g spelt flour
- 125 ml olive oil
- 80 ml beer
- 1 tsp salt
For the topping:
- 3 red bell peppers
- 2 yellow Bell peppers
- 1 onion
- 100 g cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 3 tsp paprika powder
- 1 handful fresh basil
- salt and pepper
For the dough:
- Put the flour in a large bowl and season with salt and some pepper. Add the olive oil and the beer. Mix well until you have a smooth and supple dough. Let it rest for a short time.
For the topping:
- Meanwhile, dice the peppers, cut the onion into half rings and cut the cherry tomatoes in half.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the onion until transparent. Add the bell peppers and cherry tomatoes and continue steaming for 3-4 minutes. Season the vegetables with paprika powder, salt and pepper.
- Roll out the dough thinly on a baking tray and spread the steamed vegetables evenly on top.
- Bake at 180°C for about 15-20 minutes. Take out and cut into pieces. Serve hot or cold.
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