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Paleo Pizza

You heard right: Paleo pizza! This awesome recipe is from Amy Wise. The bacon thief in the photo is Nick :o).

BLT pizza with cauliflower crust
from Amy Wise

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This is an awesome alternative for pizza. Even my 12 yr old nephew (who will not eat cauliflower) loved it. We did not tell him what it was made of. It also makes great leftovers.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust ( adapted fromĀ www.theluckypennyblog.com)
1 medium sized head of cauliflower
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of dried or fresh basil
1 clove of garlic finely diced
a couple of shakes of crushed red pepper (optional)
2 tablespoons almond meal
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 egg

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven while it is preheating. Oil up a large sheet of parchment paper on your working space.
Cut off the florets of a medium sized head of cauliflower ( stem is not needed). Wash and dry florets.
Pulse florets in a food processor for about 30 seconds ( you are looking for the consistency of snow)
Place cauliflower “snow” in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel to cool. Once cool, wrap the towel around the cauliflower to ring it out. You want as much moisture out as possible to get a nice texture on the crust.
Dump ringed cauliflower in a bowl and add your spices, garlic almond meal and oil.
Mix together then add the egg and mix again with hands to try and get a “dough” type consistency.
Place “dough” on the oiled parchment and shape into a crust about a 1/4 inch thick.
Place oiled parchment paper on your heated pizza stone or baking sheet and slide it back into the oven.
Bake for about 12 minutes until it turns golden brown - make sure the middle is brown but the edges are not burnt.
Remove from oven.

Time for toppings!
Of course at this point you are good to go for any pizza toppings. You should use already cooked meat and sauteed vegetables as the toppings won’t be cooked for very long on the pizza.
For the BLT pizza I used:
1-2 cups of marinara sauce
5 strips of cooked bacon
2 cups of kale
a handful of cherry tomatoes
and half an avocado
Put marinara sauce on cooked crust
Saute kale with olive oil salt and pepper and place on crust
Cut up tomatoes ,avocado and bacon and place on crust
Place crust with toppings back in the oven for about 5 more minutes
Take out of oven and let cool for a couple minutes
**watch the bacon carefully if you have bacon snatchers in your house**
Cut, serve and enjoy!

2 Responses to “Paleo Pizza”

  1. Matt Mihaly says:

    I’ve only made a cauliflower crust once, but my advice is to bake it in two stages. Do a 10 minutes at a low temperature like 300 to dry it out more before finishing it at 450 to get a better crust. (And of course, I added cheese, as it’s pizza I’m after, not just flatbread with toppings! Also, adding some grated cheese to the crust mix itself improves the crust’s flavor.)

  2. Cara says:

    My cauli crusts have failed (crumbled) before so I am eager to try this out with the helpful tips!

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