I’ve been home from the Dominican Republic for over two weeks now. Some things I left: toys, stickers, bubbles. Pieces of heart. Some things I brought: stories, new friends, that clear reminder that God is using us to save lives.
But, like I said, I’m home. Still a little tired and emotionally hung over. But I came back to Beau. Fell hard into his arms. His comforting love entering my weary.
I usually try to cling fast to some kind of new normal when I get home. Defiantly opposing any attempt to become numb.
So we entered the kitchen and cooked. We made our Friday night meal because we always have the ingredients. We made pizza. Pizza with a paleo crust.
And I accepted my new normal. Same home. Same love. New perspective. Bigger heart.
If you followed our trip, thank you. The encouragement. The prayers. They all echoed bright when the days were so long. The reality so weighty. The smiles so bright.
So, maybe you need pizza too? I think yes.
Homemade pizza with paleo crust
I actually prefer this crust now to anything else.
This crust uses potato flour and tapioca starch. The base of this recipe was inspired by my favorite cookbook – Primal Cravings. I’ve only mentioned this cookbook like 343 times on this blog ☺
We modified it a bit by adding some dried spices, sometimes cheese, and flavored oils. The crust tastes like a thin crust pizza. Extra crunchy and, well, thin. Don’t expect it to rise – it won’t.
It is quick. And like I mentioned, it is so easy to have all the ingredients on hand at a moment’s notice.
We have a recipe for homemade pizza sauce but we actually also love this jarred pizza sauce: Rao’s Homemade Pizza Sauce. It usually lasts us about three pizzas and we stock up on it. It contains only all natural ingredients.
A pizza stone is a must. It helps get the crust nice and browned and cooked through. If you don’t have a pizza stone, use a cast iron skillet! You can pre-heat it just like a pizza stone and use your hands to flatten the dough.
Toppings make it a family event. We love pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and jalapeños. Some nights we do red onions. Some nights reduced balsamic with sautéed onions and prosciutto.
When the pizza comes out we brush the crust with melted butter and sprinkle fleur de sel (finishing salt) on the edges.
It is what Friday nights were made for. A close to the work week. Slipping into pajamas as early as possible. Eating slices of pizza and mending up slices of heart from a long week.
What is your favorite way to make pizza?! Your Friday night routine?