Yuca pizza

 

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One of the foods that I missed the most when cutting out grains out of my diet was pizza. It used to be one of my favorite foods (along with bagels, my grandma’s kugel, and Mac and cheese). I just loved the taste of that chewy, crispy, cheesy goodness! I would eat 2 baked ziti slices every Friday at my best friends house. So you can imagine how sad I must have been when I couldn’t eat it anymore. So guess what I did? I made yuca pizza!!!

So I know what your asking right now. “What the heck is yuca!? I’ve never heard of it in my life!”. Yuca is a starchy root vegetable eaten as a staple food in many other parts of the world including Africa, Latin America, and many other places. It is commonly referred to as cassava; it’s the same thing. Yuca is similar to potatoes except it doesn’t have the harmful saponins that can cause digestive distress. Yuca has an amazing magical property of being able to form a dough that can be used for sooo many things. Today I’m sharing a pizza recipe made with yuca dough.

This pizza is freak’n amazing!! The dough is made from yuca, olive oil/avocado oil, and coconut flour. Although it takes a little bit of practice to get the perfect dough for the pizza crust, it’s totally worth it! It’s relatively simple and this pizza will tame your pizza cravings. It’s just like an awesome pizza should be!

This pizza is awesome… If it’s topped right. Don’t top it with marinara sauce or any other watery sauce because it will get soggy and lose that crispy, chewy crust. This pizza is best when topped with cheese, olive oil, and meats or veggies. Trust me, plz don’t top it with a watery sauce. I know from experience that it won’t taste very good. But with cheese, oil, and any other toppings it is amazing.

I topped my pizza with mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, broccoli, and onions and it was a delicious combination, but you can top you pizza with whatever you like.

So go ahead and make this recipe for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast. It’ll knock your socks off!

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Yuca pizza recipe:
Makes 2 11×13 pizzas
One pizza serves 2-4 people

For the Crust:

  1. 1 lb frozen yuca (Goya brand)
  2. 3 tbsp Olive oil, avocado oil, or other oil
  3. 1/4 tsp of salt (or more)
  4. Any other additional spices (ex: garlic powder, oregano, basil,…)
  5. 2 tbsp coconut flour

Procedure:
1. Fill a large pot about half way with water and heat it on high heat until it is boiling.
2. Put the yuca pieces in the pot and boil for about 15-20 minutes just until is fork-tender (if it is boiled for too long the dough will be too sticky)
3. Take the yuca out of the pot and place it in a food processor or very high-powered blender. Add 2 tbsp of oil, salt, and any other spices into the food processor. Wait about 5 minutes to let the yuca cool slightly.
4. Process yuca with salt, spices, and oil until it forms a dough. It should take about 30 seconds to a minute to process completely. Make sure there are no big pieces left unblended.
5. Empty the yuca mixture onto a large piece of parchment paper and let cool for about 15 minutes until it is not hot any more. It will be sticky. It will get less sticky as it cools. You can place it in the fridge to make it cool faster. You can also work more oil into the dough or oil your hands to redux stickiness 
6) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
7) After it is cooled off knead 2 tbsp of coconut flour into the dough on the parchment paper with oiled hands. This should make it easier to work with. Then divide dough into 2 equal balls. Then roll out one ball of dough with an oiled rolling pin or between 2 sheets up parchment paper until about 1/4 inch thick into an 11×13 rectangle. Repeat with other dough ball.
8) Place parchment paper and yuca dough on 2 11×13 pans and place in the oven until browned on the edges and crispy. It took about 15 minutes in my oven but it will depend on how thick your pizza is and your oven. If you want your pizza to stay crispy you can cook it for longer. If you want it to be chewy you should cook it for a shorter period of time. (when the toppings go on it will make the pizza chewy and less cracker-like).
9) Take out of oven and let cool.

For the toppings (You can prepare this while pizza crust is in oven
***This is enough ingredients for one pizza. Double if you want to top both pizzas at once.

Ingredients
1) 4 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese
2) 2 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3) 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided in half)
4) half large red onion
5) frozen broccoli (I used about 4 cups but you can use more or less)
6)2 tbsp olive oil (divided in half)
7) 2-4 cloves of minced fresh garlic
8) Any spices you like

Procedure
1.) Defrost frozen broccoli in the microwave until soft and not crunchy anymore. Chop it up into small pieces.
2) While broccoli is defrosting, heat a pan with about 1-2 tsp of olive oil on medium-high heat.  Dice the onion and place it in the pan. Sautee until soft, and slightly browned. Once onion is almost done add the garlic and cook just until it gives off a smell and is soft. Remove from Heat.
3) Pour 1 tbsp of olive oil on the pizza and move it around with a brush until the whole pizza is covered.
4) Add the cheese (but reserve 2 tbsp of Parmesan), chopped broccoli, onion-garlic mixture with oil from the pan, and any additional spices.
5) If you want a crispier crust put pizza in oven right away. If you want a chewier crust let pizza sit for about 5-10 minutes to let the crust absorb the oil and get weighed down by the toppings. Then place in the oven at about 350-400 degrees until the cheese is melted (about 10 minutes). Make sure to check on the pizza about half way through because you don’t want the edges of the crust to burn. You can cover the edges with tinfoil while the cheese is melting if it starts to get too brown/burnt.
6) After you take the pizza out of the oven pour the extra tbsp of oil on top of the pizza so that it is covered the whole thing evenly. Then sprinkle the 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese on top. If you want a crispier crust you can serve it right away. If You want a chewier crust you might want to let it sit for about 5 minutes so the crust can absorb the oil. (You can add an additional tbsp of oil if the pizza is too crispy)
7) Serve, eat, and enjoy!

***Do not add any watery toppings like marinara sauce because it will make the crust soggy and gross. Add oil-based sauces instead like olive oil, cheese, garlic, veggies, and meats.

Let me know how you like the pizza. I hope you love it as much as I do! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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