Monday, August 20, 2012

Fast & Yummy Pizza!


I recently came up with this pizza crust recipe. It is so fast & easy, and I love it! It is, of course, gluten free and low carb.  I also make this yummy, easy, and cheap pizza sauce (even organic, it is still cheap).  This time, I just bought sliced mozzarella instead of the fresh... I had them slice it a little thicker than "medium" and it was perfect.  I had almond flour at home (I buy it in bulk).  At the store, I picked up parmesan cheese, 1/4 lb sliced pepperoni & 1/2 lb sliced med+ thick mozzarella - both from deli, and one small can of organic Muir Glen tomato paste (about $1.50).  Muir Glen brand has no BPA in the can lining, by the way.  I find this to be a much less expensive gluten-free crust, if you get a good price on almond flour.
For the pizza crust, you can roll it between two pieces of parchment paper, or you can smash it down with your fingers on one sheet. The first time I made it, that worked fine. The second time, it was stickier, so I used a small piece of parchment paper between my fingers and the crust for pressing.  I just  hate rolling dough, but it's up to you!!
You all know that I do not cook with olive oil! If you REALLY miss the taste of olive oil, then I suggest you drizzle it over your pizza after you take it out of the oven.  Otherwise cook with a stable oil like coconut or palm, so that you are not eating rancid olive oil and introducing free radicals into your body! I use expeller pressed coconut oil, which has no taste.

Yummy, Fast, & Cheap(er) GF LC Pizza 

Pizza:

Crust as follows
Sauce as follows
Sliced Mozzarella cheese
Toppings (I used pepperoni!)

Crust:

1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small egg (this is easy for me, I use farm eggs. 1 small egg is about 2 teaspoons shy of 1/4 cup blended egg)
2 teaspoons high quality coconut oil, butter, or pastured lard
parchment paper
cookie sheet

Mix the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Make a well (a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients in the bowl) and add wet ingredients, then mix all together.
Place parchment paper over cookie sheet.  Press dough into pizza crust form on top of parchment paper. If sticky, use another small piece of parchment paper between your fingers and move it around; or a whole piece on top and press; or transfer to countertop and use a rolling pin.
Bake at 350˚F for about 10- 12 minutes until golden brown.
Remove, top with pizza sauce (recipe follows, you can make it while it is baking), mozzarella cheese, and toppings and return to oven with broiler on to melt pizza and crisp your pepperoni (if using).

Pizza Sauce:

1 small can tomato paste (organic) 
2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly lengthwise
sea salt
dried basil, oregano, thyme to taste: my ratio is 2 pinches of basil & oregano to 1 pinch of thyme
high quality coconut oil
filtered water

Fry garlic in oil over medium-high heat until golden brown, stirring constantly.  Add tomato paste and continue to stir constantly until it loses it's bright color.  Turn heat down and add a few teaspoons of water at a time, until you get the thickness you desire.  Add sea salt and seasonings to taste.  remove from heat, follow directions above.


13 comments:

  1. I made this crust with different sauce (because I was too lazy) tonight and it was FANTASTIC!!! Mine took longer to bake. I think it was around 16 minutes. Then I broiled for around 3 minutes after adding sauce, cheese, pepperoni, black olives, and bell pepper. It was SO delicious! Thank you so much for a recipe that will be added to my favorites!

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    1. Thanks! Believe me, that sauce takes all of about 3 minutes, I am very time-constricted lately! But I am so happy you liked it!

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    2. I'll definitely make the sauce with it next time. Home made is always better! I just didn't feel like running to the store for tomato paste, so I used some premade stuff that was already open. :-)

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    3. I made this just now and it's really good. I didn't make the sauce but the crust was amazing.

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    4. I just made this and it was AWESOME!! I omitted the sauce because of allergies to tomatoes and it was still awesome! Thank you so much!

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  2. Fast, yummy, grain free, etc, easy to make, from scratch, Pizza that I can eat! Now I just have to decide on the toppings
    Shared on my Facebook page :)

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  3. What is the net carb count?

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. It looks great but no break down on nutrition :(

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    2. As you can see from the comment form, I don't do carb counts. This is my hobby, and I don't have time.

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  4. I usually just use straight tomato paste with lots of oregano (tastes like Papa Gino's pizza).

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  5. I wondering what the net carb count is, also.

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  6. The whole pizza has about 25 net carbs, so if you sliced 8 pieces that is 3.1 carbs per slice.

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  7. This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!! How many servings does this make? Thank you!!

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I love to hear from you! Please let me know how you changed a recipe, and how it came out. I don't do nutritional information anymore, sorry! I just provide the *free* recipes. I try to reply to comments but don't have much time these days. I hope to revamp this site eventually.... but for now I am still a working Mom and this is my hobby.
*If you would like to post the carb counts by using an online carb calculator, please go ahead* I don't provide them anymore, it's a miracle if I even get a post up these days! Thanks!