Friday, February 24, 2012

Paleo Pizza

I am VERY happy with how this turned out.  There are a few things I think I *might* want to try differently, but I'm a little nervous because overall I'm very pleased with the results as they stand. 
I tried looking up cauliflower crust recipes, but all the ones I found called for mozzarella cheese so I winged it and came up with this.

Zucchini grated and covered with a paper towel to absorb moisture.

Pizza crust ingredients in the food processor.

What it looks like when it's done.

Spread out and ready to go in the oven.

Just out of the oven.

Pizza sauce and zucchini over all of it.

Topped with everyone's favorites and ready to go back in the oven.

All done and ready to be devoured.

Nom nom!

Paleo Pizza

For the Crust:
1 Head of Cauliflower, Steamed (should yield about 2 cups if grated first)
1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil, Melted
1 Tsp. of Italian Seasoning

For the Toppings:
Pizza Sauce (I used a mixture of tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, and basil)
3 Small Zucchini, Shredded/Grated
White Mushrooms, Sliced
Pineapple, Chopped (I only put this on half for my girls =]) 
Prosciutto 
Red Onion

You can use whatever toppings you like, these are just the ones I used.

1. Shred/grate your zucchini and spread it out on a cutting board or something similar, cover with a paper towel and set aside. If you can do this an hour or two before you start making your pizza it would be best.  

2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and grease a baking sheet/pizza pan with a little coconut oil. I placed a piece of parchment paper on my pizza pan just in case it would stick.

3. Put your steamed cauliflower, almond meal, eggs and melted coconut oil in a food processor and blend the mixture until it looks like the photo above.  I put my cauliflower in the food processor right when it was done steaming so it was hot.  This is one of the things I might toy with. I was worried my eggs would start to cook, but they were fine.  Also, I think the baking time might be less if the cauliflower was cooled when I mixed everything, but again something I might mess with in the future. 

4. Pour mixture onto your baking pan and pat into a circle.

5. Sprinkle with the Italian seasoning and bake for 20 minutes checking occasionally to make sure the edges aren't burning. I removed the parchment paper after 15 minutes because I wanted the bottom to crisp up too. It slid right off.

6. After it's done baking, it might be a little "mushy" feeling still, but that's okay since it'll be going back in.  Top with your pizza sauce (pesto would be really good too) and zucchini then whatever other toppings you want.

7. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

I would love feedback on this from anyone who tries it. I'll definitely be making it again this week!




10 comments:

  1. your cauliflower head must have been small... I got a lot more dough than you did and it turned out mushy. I am not the best cook, though. It looked good. My toppings were ground turkey, chives, cilantro, green pepper and artichoke hearts. Those were good at least ;)

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    1. Darn, Kati! I should have measured it before. I would say it was around 2 cups. Another option is to grate it first and then steam it. It'd be easier to measure beforehand that way. Thanks for your feedback!

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  2. Mine needed to cook much longer but other than that , perfect! I also flipped mine using parchment paper after 20 min.and then cooked for add. 10 before cooking with sauce and veggies.

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  3. Well that's what I get for not following baking instructions to a T. But it turned out pretty decent anyways! Thanks for this post. It was my first ever paleo pizza. http://www.inkzoid.com/mostly-paleo/paleo-pizza-cauliflower-crust

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  4. Hi, we tried this today and enjoyed it although the dough was still a bit mushy. Any tips on how to get this more crunshy??

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  5. Cauliflower retains a lot of moisture. Try squeezing as much water as possible. I have used a clean dish towel. You'll be amazed at how much water you can squeeze out.

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  6. I'm going to make this tonight but I'm not going to steam or cook the Cauliflower ... I'll let you know how it turns out!!

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  7. I'm going to make this tonight but I'm not going to steam or cook the Cauliflower ... I'll let you know how it turns out!!

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  8. What can be used instead of almond meal? We have a tree nut allergy.

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  9. 3 Researches SHOW Why Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    This means that you actually kill fat by consuming Coconut Fat (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from major medical magazines are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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