by lisa | 29 October 2012 15:22
We’re all searching for it. A paleo pizza that will come close to the cheesy bliss we remember. I’ve searched high and low and seen loads of interesting ideas for how to make a paleo pizza crust. I’ve seen crust made from cauliflower, eggplant, pureed chicken, ground beef, portobello mushrooms and of course almond flour and coconut flour. These are all tasty in their own right, but do they taste at all like pizza?
I recently got a new cookbook called Paleo Indulgences. I expected it to only have decadent dessert recipes, but it actually has a lot more than that. Which is a really good thing. I’ve got to stop making desserts. My current excuse is that I need to experiment with recipes so that I can blog about them. Really, I just like to eat.
This cookbook has a recipe for paleo pizza crust that I decided I just had to try. What caught my eye, was that the author said it doesn’t just taste like a bunch of nuts. It also has an ingredient that you don’t usually see in paleo recipes. Yeast. Yes, like the stuff you make bread with. This caused me to do a bit of research to see if yeast was really ok. I’m not a paleo perfectionist (what shade of paleo are you?) but I do keep it pretty clean. I ran across this post by Sarah at ThePaleoMom and decided that yeast was okay. I love reading the science side of things and Sarah is a scientist so I was satisfied with her explanation.
Here’s where you can get creative and put whatever you like on your pizza. We made a homemade spice blend (Italian sausage flavor) and mixed it into ground beef/ground pork and made sausage patties that we crumbled onto our pizza. We also added onions, red peppers and some raw buffalo mozzarella (we occasionally eat dairy, but not much). Other things that would be good: prosciutto, grilled eggplant, bacon…the possibilities are endless.
We thought it was really good and we ate the whole pizza. The yeast did give it a more authentic taste. Was it the same pizza of old? No, but we weren’t expecting it to be. There was no processed cheese, there was no gluteny crust and there was no greasy pepperoni. There were also no stomach aches, no bloating, no waking up in the night dying of thirst and no regrets 🙂
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