I've been grain-free for almost 11 months... and I do love it! On occasion, I have cravings for food that I no longer allow myself to have. Fridays are particularly difficult. For years, our family has celebrated "Pizza/Movie Night" on Fridays. During these last few months, I have tried several different variations of a grain-free pizza crust. I've tried the cauliflower crust (not bad), Suzanne Somers cream cheese crust (real rich), and a few other Paleo versions using almond and coconut flour. In the end, I found that most of these recipes were too much effort. For me, the ingredients of a pizza that makes it taste like a pizza are the sauce and cheese. So I decided to try a pizza without any crust at all.... and here we have it!
I love mushrooms!!! I have lots of recipes for stuffed mushrooms. They are such perfect size bites of amazingness! So it just made sense to use this versatile food as the base for my pizza.
Obviously, the first thing you must do is wash your mushrooms. Yes, it's a pain, but who wants to eat dirt?
I then cut the block of mozzarella cheese into nice little squares, devouring several pieces as I went. (Yes, the lighting in my kitchen makes it look like cheese.)
The Sauce: (sorry, no pictures of this step)
I cooked 1/2 pound of ground sausage in a pan and then added a can of pizza sauce. I just made sure the pieces of sausage where broken up pretty small so they could fit in the caps.
After removing the stems from the caps, I took out all of the extra "skin" to make the mouth of the mushroom wider. I then filled each caps with the sauce mixture.
I placed the pan in a preheated oven set at 375 degrees. They cooked for 20 minutes. When I make any stuffed mushroom, I mainly look for the mushrooms to look cooked down since the ingredients are usually already cooked.
(Mushrooms release a lot of moisture when they cook. That is one way to know they are getting close to done.)
When the mushrooms were finished cooking, I removed the pan and added the cheese.
After cooking again for about 5 more minutes, I had my final result!
These were a huge hit. They were also very satisfying. It only took a few bits to fill me up.... unlike the 3 pieces of pizza I would usually eat!
Give it a try and let me know what you think.