Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pizza Toasts, including Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (GAPS : primal : grain-free : gluten-free)


I have yet to make a grain-free, GAPS-legal pizza crust that I think is worth the time and effort, so my family usually eats pizza casserole instead.  But, with my new grain-free sandwich bread recipe, we are now eating pizza toasts, and they are delicious! The key is to dry out the bread a bit, so that it will stand up to holding the sauce and toppings.

Pizza Toasts
  • Grain-Free Sandwich Bread, sliced about 3/8-in thick (we eat only two pizza toasts for each adult, as they are quite filling)
  • Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Favorite toppings of your choice, such as:
    • Sauteed mushrooms
    • Sauteed orange bell pepper
    • Chopped salami or ham
    • Sliced olives
    • Chopped smoked turkey
    • Sauteed onions
    • Chopped pineapple
    • Roasted chicken
    • Sauteed zucchini
    • Parmesan cheese
    • NOTE: any high-moisture veggies such as mushrooms or zucchini will need to be sauteed to release the moisture before adding them to your pizza toasts.  I like to saute mine in butter with a little sprinkle of salt.
  1. Spread out the sliced sandwich bread in a toaster oven or conventional oven. If using a toaster oven, make sure the bread is not directly over the heating element, else it will burn. Set the oven temperature to 200 degrees F, and bake the bread for about an hour.  Turn it once during the hour. 
  2. Meanwhile, mix up the Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce (recipe below).  Also, saute any veggies you will use as pizza toppings.
  3. Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool a bit.
  4. Spread each slice of bread with some pizza sauce.  Sprinkle half of the cheese over the sauce.
  5. Add your favorite toppings, and then add the remaining cheese.
  6. Place the pizza toasts on a baking tray or stoneware.  Bake at 300 degrees F for about 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is nicely melted. 
  7. Serve and enjoy!  A green salad makes a nice accompaniment.

Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce 
Makes enough for one pizza toast meal for our small family of 2 adults and 2 young kids

  • 1/3 cup of tomato paste from a glass jar
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • dash fine-ground celtic sea salt (omit if your tomato paste contains salt)
  • dash freshly ground pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients and stir.  That's it!

4 comments:

  1. Cannot wait to try making your bread and using it in this way. I have been on GAPS for many months and I have really been wanting some pizza!

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  2. This looks so good! Such a quick and easy pizza fix!

    Have you tried my pizza crust recipe yet?? I promise it is totally worth the effort (which really isn't that much) to make it. It's sooooo good!!

    http://wringingoutmysponge.blogspot.com/2011/12/homemade-pizza-sugar-free-gluten-free.html

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    1. Your recipe does look good. I've tried an almond flour crust before, and we found it a bit too heavy. It tasted good at first, but as we got further into the meal, we all got a little blah about it. But I'll give yours a try next time!

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  3. We spread it out pretty thin and it ends up not being heavy at all. I have tried other recipes and I know exactly what you mean. We really like this one though!

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