Delicious!

Delicious!

One thing we enjoyed before changing to a grain-free lifestyle was pizza. Tom would eat pizza every day if he could.  Since changing our diet we have been trying to find something that would fill this hole in our lives.  We had tried a flax meal based crust, but it did not satisfy our pizza craving.

Tom was told about a pizza crust using eggplant that apparently was delicious. So we set out on a journey to find a recipe and perfect it for ourselves.  We have made this crust a few times now and have learned from our mistakes and consider ourselves to be experts in making it.  I’ll share some lessons we learned as we go through the recipe.

Some of the fresh ingredients

Pizza Dough

  • 1 large or 2 small/medium eggplant
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Coconut oil
  • Parchment paper (if you do not have this do not attempt this recipe!! We tried with tin foil and it was a fail! Get thee to a store or change your plans!)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F or 230 C.
  2. Wash and cut eggplant into little cubes. I generally cut the end off and then slice it into disks that are about 1 inch thick. Then I slice these up into cubes.

    Eggplant slices

    Eggplant slices

  3. Use a food processor to grate the eggplant. We don`t have a food processor so we use a bullet with the  cross blade (the one that has two blades sticking up and two flat).  We only fill the cup about ½ way because any more doesn’t allow for the eggplant to be grated enough.

    If you use a Bullet fill the cup no more than halfway to avoid getting large chunks.

    If you use a Bullet fill the cup no more than halfway to avoid getting large chunks.

  4. Place grated eggplant (a bit at a time) on a paper towel or tea towel and squeeze out the moisture.  There is surprisingly a lot of liquid that will come out. I also find that it tends to hurt my hands, which already have eczema on them – be warned my fellow sufferers!! Once you have removed most of the liquid by gently squeezing the cloth, put the grated eggplant into a large mixing bowl.  I tend to do step 2 and 3 at the same time with each batch of grated eggplant.

    Gently squeeze out the liquid from the eggplant

    Gently squeeze out the liquid from the eggplant

  5. Add almond flour and Parmesan cheese, and egg to the bowl and mix together by hand until combined.
  6. Cut parchment to fit your baking sheet of choice. Use coconut oil to generously grease the paper. Do not be stingy! You will regret that decision if you are.
  7. Pour dough onto parchment and using your hands flatten the dough out. It will not rise so however thick you make it, it will be.

    Dough is ready to be pressed into crust shape.

    Dough is ready to be pressed into crust shape.

  8. Once flattened put in the oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes is up, take it out and flip the pizza dough over. It should be half-cooked and will stick together a bit but not entirely. I have found that placing a large cutting board on top of the crust and then holding the tray and cutting board together and flipping it over works well. Then replace the parchment paper on the tray and slide the crust back onto the paper and tray. Place back in the oven for about 10 minutes. You want the crust to be crispy but not burnt so keep an eye on it.
The baked crust.

The baked crust.

You can then add whatever toppings and sauce you wish.  We make our own pizza sauce.

Pizza Sauce

  • 3-4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped or about 1 tsp dried
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium sized pot and heat over medium heat. Let it cook down for about 20 minutes stirring on occasion.  You want the tomatoes to break down into a sauce.

    These were our toppings for tonight. Everything is cut small because we have a toddler to feed.

    These were our toppings for tonight. Everything is cut small because we have a toddler to feed.

If you try this recipe our let us know how it works out for you! We’d love to hear from you!!

 

-Katie

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