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Open Sorcery: Primal Pizza Pictures!

Pizza is one of those things on the Primal/Paleo/Best-Diet-For-Me-Ever list that I miss. A nice crusty piece with just a little bit of that charred cheese flavor with lots of extra sauce makes me hungry. I am not usually into substitutes for foods. If I occasionally have to moderate my moderation and eat something really carby, then I will, but sometimes I want to stay on plan and get what I want. We all want our cake (or in this case pizza pie) and to eat it too.

Thus was borne the search for a way to eat pizza, and it led me to a blog of a paleo-dieter who exhaustively searched for a pizza substitute. The winner of her experiment and comparison sounded so good I had to try it, and it’s now become a meal we eat with some regularity.

Her write-up
is certainly good, but sometimes people are visual learners, so I thought I’d take a few pictures as we made it recently, and share them here. It’s best viewed as a continuous gallery, so before I let you off to check it out, a few hints we’ve learned while putting it together:

  • The crust is made of cheese. And a little coconut flour and flaxseed for body, but make no mistake. This is made of cheese.
  • substituting some of the cheese with spinach is not only healthy, it adds a little extra depth to the flavor. I like to add some arugula for a little pepper.
  • having a cheese for the crust and a cheese for the topping isn’t necessary, but it will give a little more flavor complexity
  • when flipping the crust, the easy way to do it is to get another piece of parchment paper, put it on top, then use a spatula to flip it over then peel off the (formerly) bottom piece of parchment paper
  • Prosciutto works really well as a topping because its thinness allows it to crisp up just a little under the broiler.
  • you can go crazy semi-homemade and use all pre-done ingredients: prewashed spinach (you still should chop that up), shredded cheese, pizza sauce from a jar, sliced snack veggies, etc. Makes it much faster from start to finish.
  • did I mention parchment paper? USE IT. Makes things easier for cleanup, and flipping the crust is nigh-impossible without it.

Chopping Spinach
Chopping Spinach
2 oz of Spinach
2 oz of Spinach
6 oz of Pepper Jack Cheese
6 oz of Pepper Jack Cheese
2 eggs (to be beaten)
2 eggs (to be beaten)
2 tbsp of coconut flour (protein, fiber, and fat!)
2 tbsp of coconut flour (protein, fiber, and fat!)
2 tbsp flaxseed meal (omega 3 fats)
2 tbsp flaxseed meal (omega 3 fats)
1/2 tsp baking powder (not baking soda!)
1/2 tsp baking powder (not baking soda!)
some garlic powder (it's upside down)
some garlic powder (it's upside down)
preheat to 350
preheat to 350
mix wet and dry ingredients
mix wet and dry ingredients
mixing it up
mixing it up
glop onto parchment paper
glop onto parchment paper
flatten out (1/4 inch)
flatten out (1/4 inch)
first round in the oven
first round in the oven
15 minutes then flip it
15 minutes then flip it
pre-flipped, little browned, cheese melty
pre-flipped, little browned, cheese melty
peeling off parchment after flipping
peeling off parchment after flipping
have the cat watch it for 15 more minutes
have the cat watch it for 15 more minutes
30 minutes total, could maybe be more browned
30 minutes total, could maybe be more browned
"nippy" peppers
"nippy" peppers
leftover chopped chicken breast
leftover chopped chicken breast
pizza sauce
pizza sauce
chopping some peppers
chopping some peppers
spreading some toppings
spreading some toppings
after more cheese, before final cook
after more cheese, before final cook
set to broil
set to broil
about 2 minutes, just don't burn it!
about 2 minutes, just don't burn it!
cheese melty, yum
cheese melty, yum
plating it up
plating it up

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