Can you believe that we haven't made paleo pizza on the site yet?! Gotta start from the ground-up right? I'll tell you: I have tried a bunch of paleo pizza crusts, and they've all sucked. All of them. Texture. Flavor. Water content. Structural defects. Inedible in the form of leftovers. There's always something off about them. Most of them can't be held in your hand like a normal pizza slice without the physical integrity being catastrophically compromised before it makes it into your waiting mouth. Look: this one can be held in your hand!
(Don't worry, the recipe for this incredible fresh pizza is here!)
There was one primal cauliflower pizza crust made with cheese that I loved by Eating Bird Food (though their website was down at the time of writing this – I hope it's still there. If you eat cheese then you've gotta try their crust!). But I wanted to make a good dairy-free crust for those who can't eat dairy.
So after trying so many of the recipes out there, I got a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. I think that THE BEST Paleo Pizza Crust addresses all of the important details listed above, which brings us to here and now.
Here and now. That's all any of us have, really. Which is a convenient segue for me to mention the pattern in the photos of my hands. I was at the wedding of one of my oldest friends last weekend. His husband is Indian and had a henna (or mendhi) party the night before. Typically this is just the women that take part in this (if I understand correctly), but this was my second time. The first was for my sister's wedding, and that time was because I was her maid of honor (I feel “man of honor” overshadows the groom's role, am I right?). Every time I caught a glimpse of it I thought a hand tattoo would be cool, but for now, I'm still a blank canvas.
I think your here-and-now should be filled with something delicious atop THE BEST Paleo Pizza Crust. I've got a terrific pizza recipe coming in the next few days – but that doesn't help your here-and-now. Need some ideas? Use the fillings from any one of my omelettes. I think I actually based this one on a pizza I made a few years ago.
- 1/4 cup ground chia seeds
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 cups processed cauliflower (~1/2 a large head)
- 1/4 large onion (finely diced)
- 1 Tbsp ghee
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp dried basil
- 3/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- Mix ground chia and water together well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- In a large frying pan saute onions in ghee over medium heat. Once translucent add cauliflower and cook until soft and light brown (like me! haha).
- Allow to cool enough to handle, pour cauliflower and onion into a dish towel, and twist to squeeze excess fluid out (see photo above).
- Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl, add remaining dry ingredients and mix well, then add the chia and mix by hand. This will actually be dough-like in consistency.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then flatten out the dough into your desired shape (I prefer square, myself). Press it out until it's about 1/4″, and form a lip around the edges.
- Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until browned and crispy. The edges should be crunchy. It's gonna smell delicious, so be prepared for neighbors knocking on your door….
This should be large enough to feed 3 people, but if you think about people's pizza-eating habits with regard to quantity, 2 might be more realistic (especially with how good the pizza pictured at the top of the page was!)