CRUNCHY TEFF, PISTACHIO & SUNFLOWER SEED FLATBREAD PIZZA CRUST (GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN)

WITH BASIL, SWEET POTATO & SALMON
Being a little lady who is unable to eat wheat, gluten, yeast, garlic, tomatoes or cheese, I have to get a little bit creative with my definition of pizza. I have quite a few different crust recipes that I've made up over the last year, most of which I didn't document, some of which I'm still perfecting a bit before I share with you. This week, I thought I'd try my hand at a new one. I'm really trying to treat my body well by severely limiting my intake of grains, so though I really wanted a pizza, I wanted to make a crust that would be high in protein and have minimal flour. I've recently been on a pistachio kick, snacking on them, incorporating them into a number of recipes, and just generally enjoying the fact that I am tolerating them after a year of getting nausea and headaches from eating even a small amount. I fancied they'd make an excellent flavor pairing with the basil and vegetables in my refrigerator, so they joined the mix. The teff flour really compliments the robust flavor of the pistachios, and also fits the protein qualifier. If you are unfamiliar with teff flour, I do recommend picking some up. It can seem intimidating given the usual price tag, but it's quite versatile, healthy and tasty. You can find both ivory and brown teff; this recipe uses the more popular dark grain. The crust cooks very quickly, so choose and prep your toppings accordingly. The first night I topped it with basil and thinly sliced asparagus, adding some marinated tempeh to my husband's portion. Today I used  basil, thinly shaved sweet potato, pre-cooked salmon marinated in Coconut Aminos, and sprinkled some applewood smoked sea salt on top. Woh. I enjoyed the pizza warm out of the oven, and later in the day, out of the fridge and topped with some avocado and tahini. If you can tolerate egg, I would recommend baking the crust and serving a fried egg on top for breakfast. Oh, dear.

CRUNCHY TEFF, PISTACHIO & SUNFLOWER SEED FLATBREAD PIZZA CRUST

YOU'LL NEED:
PARCHMENT PAPER
BAKING SHEET

1/2 CUP TEFF FLOUR
1/2 CUP RAW SUNFLOWER SEEDS
1/2 CUP ROASTED PISTACHIOS
1 TBS TAPIOCA FLOUR
1 TSP BAKING POWDER
1/2 TSP SEA SALT
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2 TBS FLAXMEAL
1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
1/4 CUP WARM WATER
2 TBS GRAPESEED OIL
JUICE OF A 1/4 LEMON

PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT. GRIND NUTS AND SEEDS DOWN TO A MEAL IN A FOOD PROCESSOR. MIX WITH TEFF FLOUR, TAPIOCA FLOUR, BAKING POWDER AND SALT, BREAKING APART LUMPS WITH YOUR FINGERS. IN A SEPARATE BOWL, MIX FLAXMEAL & BAKING SODA. ADD WATER AND WHISK, ADD OIL, MIX, AND THEN ADD LEMON. MIXTURE SHOULD BE FROTHY. ADD THE MIXTURE TO THE DRY, MIX AND THEN KNEAD A BIT INTO A BALL. PLACE PARCHMENT PAPER ON A BAKING SHEET AND PAT DOWN DOUGH WITH YOUR PALM, TO ABOUT A 1/4-1/2 INCH THICK CIRCLE. ADD TOPPINGS IF DESIRED, AND BAKE FOR ABOUT 10-12 MINUTES.

2 comments:

Romantic Dinner said...

Yummy, Cool recipe and very nice this post. amazing your idea and nice details shared in recently post.

KRIS said...

Thanks as always, RD. Teresa, I'm having a hard time figuring out what exactly the birds nests are? Do these particular birds make a special kind of next, not made out of the usual found grass and twigs? I'm intrigued!

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