This week I stopped living under a rock and tried Predominately Paleo’s yuca dough pizza crust recipe. LIFE CHANGED. This was a pretty legit moment, right up there with the first time I had Otto’s Cassava Flour and devoured Fork and Beans grain free tortillas. You know I measure everything by food, so this dough is seriously amazing. Pizza had pretty much fallen off my radar since I developed a pretty strong yeast allergy and removed nightshades during an elimination diet. But this week I made up for lost time, making Predominately Paleo’s pizza crust three times! I’m walking around like a complete carb monster and my stomach is dying from all the cheese (I ‘taste tested’ a million batches of grain free cheese its too), but it was so FREAKING worth it.
Where I come from we just don’t have pizza, we have pizza and garlic knots. We throw in a salad too, but garlic knots are EVERYTHING. For a few years now my husband has been crying to me for paleo garlic knots, but without yeast, gluten, and all my other food issues my options were looking pretty grim. I promised him one day I would come up with a recipe, but to be honest I wasn’t very hopeful. When I pulled my first yuca pizza crust out of the oven and saw how it had puffed up I instantly knew I had to try it for garlic knots. At first bite I was instantly brought straight back to my Nanny’s kitchen table in New York, surrounded by family, friends, laughter, and a shit ton of garlic knots. I’m so excited to bring some of this dough on my next trip to NY so I can eat pizza and garlic knots with the rest of the family again. In the last week I’ve made 5 batches of these knots – they are the real deal. Garlic knots should be light, airy, and chewy and these hit all three notes. They won’t hold the perfect knot form after baking as a traditional knot, but the flavor and mouth feel is so close to what I remember it’s insane.
All the props really go to Jennifer Robbins from Predominately Paleo for developing the genius dough that makes this recipe work. There is one happy Italian belly behind the scenes here at Food and Sunshine.