Monday, July 30, 2012

Cornbread Pizza

Pizza seems to top the list of foods most missed on a wheat/dairy free diet.  For the Pickles, I really wanted to create a dish that fulfilled our tastebuds' craving, using only easily sourced ingredients.  Just pizza flavor, pure and simple.

Here's the Pickle-approved pizza pie:  the perfect blend of fresh vegetables, spices, and a cornbread crust that may not be doughy and yeasty, but adds its own tasty dimension.  In this dish ground beef is seasoned to mimic sausage, and the vegetables are full of flavor.  The only complaint?  We wished we had some mushrooms to add to it! 

For the Topping:

1 lb ground beef
1 tsp. dried sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried ground marjoram
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4-1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. dried fennel seed
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch black pepper
3/4 cup (1 large) onion, diced
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 tsp. olive oil
20 pepperoni slices, quartered into wedges (read label for allergens)

1.  Brown ground beef in skillet.  Drain grease.  Add spices.  (I like to throw my spices in my Magic Bullet and grind it just a bit to bring out the flavors).  Stir to combine.

2.  In a separate pan, saute onion and green pepper in oil.  Saute just until crisp tender.  Stir into meat mixture.  Stir in pepperoni.  Set aside.

For Cornbread Crust:

1 cup quinoa flour (or other naturally gluten-free flour)
1 1/2 cup cornmeal (preferably organic, non-GMO)
3 tbsp sucanat
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/3 cup water
2 beaten eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup pizza sauce

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spread 1 tbsp. olive oil in a 10x15" stoneware bar pan (has short sides) and set in oven while it preheats, about 6-7 minutes.

2.  Combine quinoa flour, cornmeal, sucanat, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

3. In a small saucepan, stir together ground flaxseed and 1/3 cup water.  Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches "goopy" stage.  Remove from heat; set aside.

4.  In a separate bowl combine eggs, water, and coconut oil.

5.  Stir egg mixture and flax "goop" into dry ingredients until just combined.

6.  Remove baking pan from oven, and working quickly, spread mixture into pan. 

7.  Bake for 4 minutes and remove from oven.

8.  Spread pizza sauce on crust, and top with meat/vegetable topping.

9.  Return to oven for 10 minutes more.  Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 7-10 minutes to allow crust to set.

 **For speedier preparation, use a pre-seasoned sausage and add the onions and peppers to the meat as it is browning (leave out the olive oil).

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