Saturday, January 26, 2013

Grain-Free Pizza

For the most part, as we have gotten used to eating a (mostly) grain-free diet, we have avoided breadlike items - there was one gluten-free bun at a restaurant, a few bits of stuffing at Thanksgiving, and a brand of rice-sesame crackers we keep on hand for when you just have to have a crispy picker-upper for dip.

But by and large, we've avoided the breadstuffs, because when you're getting used to not eating things, eating something intended to be similar that totally isn't is a sure way to feel disappointed.  But... after a few months without tasting the 'real thing' we are ready to experiment - so last night we decided to make pizza using Against the Grain's Paleo Pizza Crust recipe, made with almond flour and flaxseed meal. 

It whips up easily, although our large crust was too large to flip when recommended - I think I'll make individual sized pizza the next time we do this.  I made up a simple pizza sauce from a small can of tomato paste, a canful of water, and some basil, oregano and red pepper flakes.

Our toppings of choice were Italian sausage, sauteed mushrooms, and black olives along with mozzarella cheese.

The result was good - more suited for a fork than picking up, and the texture was closer to biscuits than yeasty bread (of course!), but it tasted like pizza to our tastebuds which haven't had any pizza in months.  This will be going on the rotation as an occasional meal for us and it's really nice to know we don't need to give up comfort food treats like pizza!

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