Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Paleo Pizza with Almond Crust

Coming home from a weekend vacation in Florida, Anthony and I were craving some pizza.  Of course, going grain and gluten free meant this was a serious problem.  I decided to give my best shot at a gluten and grain free pizza with (almost) no dairy: Hey, a little fresh shaved parmesan never hurt anybody right?!  The result was amazing:  the crust was thin and crispy and the toppings were rich and hearty.  That final sprinkle of melted parmesan finished the pizza off nicely.  Now is this the best pizza you will ever eat?  No, probably not.  Best Paleo pizza?  Quite possibly.  I know it fixed my pizza craving guilt free.  Look for future posts as I experiment with coconut and vegetables pizza crusts.  This meal definitely inspired me to make more Paleo pizzas!  I hope it does the same for you: Go ahead and put your favorite toppings on yours and let me know how it turns out!

Makes great leftovers for lunch the next day too!

2c almond flour
2 large eggs, preferably omega-3 enriched
3tbs extra virgin olive oil
1/4tsp baking powder
1tsp garlic powder
1tsp italian seasonings of your choice (or a mix)
1 package Trader Joe's Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage (preservative, hormone and nitrate free!)
1c Trader Joe's Pomodoro Pizza Sauce (or your favorite)
1/2c sliced mushrooms
1c sliced bell peppers and onions (I used frozen)
2c cherry tomatoes, chopped
1c parmesan cheese, finely and freshly shredded (optional)

1. Preheat your oven to 350F.  Grease a 12" cookie sheet.  Mix almond flour, eggs, olive oil, baking powder, garlic powder and Italian seasonings in a bowl until a dough forms.  Press onto the pizza pan into a thin even layer.  Bake 20 minutes (will start to brown).
2. Meanwhile, remove your sausage from its casings and cook over medium high in a skillet until cooked through.  Remove to a plate.  Add your veggies except the tomatoes and stir fry in the same pan until almost cooked.
3. Spread 1c of sauce onto your pizza, leaving a 1/2" for the curst.  Top with sausage, then veggies and finally chopped tomatoes.  Place back in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.  During the last 5 minutes, sprinkle with fresh parmesan if desired.  Serve hot.

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