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.