Back when I was a serious slow-carb diet devotee, I constantly craved pizza. But as I think back to how often I ate this quinoa-based dish, I see that in truth it may not have satisfied my pizza craving but rather my craving for cheese. To make this a real substitute for delicious and greasy pizza, I would suggest being extra, extra generous when sprinkling cheese. Oh, and since this pizza doesn’t use a dough base, you won’t even have to worry about finishing those chewy crusts!
Quizza! (that’s quinoa-based pizza)
1 cup of quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon of flour (all-purpose)
2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (just enough to coat the pan)
10 tablespoons of pizza sauce (buying the pre-made stuff is fine)
1½ cups shaved provolone cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice, I like putting sesame seeds, anchovies (!) and some sun-dried tomatoes on mine
First, preheat your oven to 400°F and grease a thin baking sheet.
Add the quinoa, beaten egg and all the flour into one big bowl. Give it a good mix. I find that using your hands work best in order to make sure the flour has fully incorporated into the mixture.
Next have your pan on medium heat and coat it with some olive oil, you really need quite a bit of oil in order for this to work. Put a small scoop of your quinoa mixture into the pan and pat it down with a spoon, you want to form a nice round circle, sort of like a pizza base. Fry both sides until they are crispy brown, turning down the heat to low if your base starts to burn. Be careful when flipping though, this base breaks easily!
Slide the base onto your baking sheet and spread your pizza sauce onto your base. Where I come from, some folks like to use a thousand-island based sauce. I haven’t personally tried this, but I’ve heard it’s equally as delicious and adds a strange creaminess to the pizza as a whole. Give a generous sprinkle of your cheese (or a thunderstorm of cheese sprinkling if you’re like me) and then place your other pizza toppings on top, as you would normally when assembling a pizza. Repeat with the remaining quinoa mixture until you’ve used it all.
Bake in the oven for 8 minutes or until the cheese melts. To serve, cut into slices and let the gooey melted cheese mix in with your crunch quinoa. Smile and relish the fact that you’re probably eating the healthiest pizza in the world.
Stephanie is a recent adoptee of the pescetarian slow-carb diet. She likes to pretend to be Danish and eats lots of Danish Dream Cake. In her spare time, Stephanie likes shopping for her ever-expanding mustard collection.