Eating Paleo / Primal is difficult when everyone around you does not. As wonderful as this lifestyle has been for my health, my energy levels, and has made an all around positive impact in my life - I can't ignore the fact that a lot of times I am socially 'left out'. Gone are the days of sitting around the kitchen with friends laughing and eating brownies. I can no longer attend a football party and be able to join in on eating pizza with friends. The social aspect of this lifestyle can be a drag. It isn't all bacon and weight-loss!
This has become especially true in my own home. Pizza night is as American as apple pie and baseball. It has left me eating a grilled chicken breast and broccoli while the delicious aroma of a fresh pie from our local pizza joint fills my home. Well I have decided enough is enough! I have been trying to come up with a thin and crunchy pizza crust that will allow me to join in on family pizza night. Sans broccoli. I tried many variations of the popular cauliflower crust recipes you have seen online. I have no idea why they are so popular, as I find them soggy and limp. Cauliflower has way too high of a water content. No matter how much you wring out the moisture, quite a bit stays. I have experimented and tried many of my own crusts and I am beaming with pride over my final result. You HAVE TO TRY IT!!!!
Here is what you will need to create your own personal primal pizza crust:
1 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP grated parmesan
1tsp each oregano, basil, parsley (My Italian BFF's)
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Place a pizza stone in the middle rack of your oven. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F. If your oven does not go that high - get it as hot as you can. If you don't have a pizza stone
Combine all ingredients, you may just want to use your hands after a bit. Form dough into a ball.
Next spread out the dough onto parchment paper using your hands. Do not use wax paper. (Don't ask me how I know. Yes that is wax paper in the picture. Yes that round was a complete failure. No more questions, please!)
Next you are free to top with whatever you would like! My absolute favorite pizza toppings are fresh pressed garlic, spinach, and tomatoes... that's what I used here.
So here is the tricky part. You need to get this beautiful creation into one very, very hot oven. Turn over a cookie sheet and use it like one giant spatula. Slide the pizza carefully off the counter and onto the overturned cookie sheet. Then slide the pizza with the parchment paper remaining underneath onto the hot pizza stone.
Did you burn yourself or drop the pizza? WOO HOO! Success!!!
Cook your pizza for about 4-6 minutes. Keep an eye on it - it won't take long. When the crust is golden on the outside and the cheese is bubbly and browning - take it out!
Wait a few minutes to cut and enjoy.
Now LOOK how crisp this crust is! Brown on the bottom and it can support all those delicious toppings. TAKE THAT CAULIFLOWER!
Say hello to pizza night again, my healthy friends! What are you going to top your pizza with?