Plantain Crust Pizza

I had such a hard time naming this post! Here were the options:

Two-Ingredient Pizza Crust (but it’s about the whole PIZZA!)
30 Min. Start-to-Finish Homemade Pizza (if you have quick hands)
Secret Ingredient Crust Pizza (what my husband prefers to think of it as)
The Easiest Gluten-Free Pizza Ever
I Seriously Had Pizza For the First Time in TWO Years… (but then you’d all throw stones at me because I’m clearly insane…) 
Healthy Super Bowl Pizza

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Yes! So many choices! I went with an honest one. And an easy one. I didn’t want to reveal the secret, because that usually makes people (like my husband) turn and run…or hit “already read”. Same diff. 

But, this PIZZA, y’all…you’ll die. It’s amazing. Seriously, I made it two days in a row. And was dying because it was so awesome. 

And yes, the whole thing can be done in 30 min if you’re organized. I had homemade pizza sauce in the fridge already, so I was ready to tackle this one start-to-finish. 

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If you’re not familiar with plantains, you should be strategic about this one, but don’t be scared! Seriously, there’s nothing to fear with plantains! They look like  giant bananas, but you won’t be eating banana bread pizza (gag). You’ll want to choose ones that aren’t super ripe for this project!

More ripe = more black spots/mottling = deeper, sweeter flavor

Less ripe = more yellow = more neutral flavor

You can alter the spices in the crust as you wish, just as you can alter the toppings of your pizza! If you like red pepper flakes and garlic in your crust, add them in. If you want rosemary and onion, go for it. Want to add brown sugar and chili flakes for a funky spicy-sweet pizza (topped with balsamic caramelized onions and goat cheese maybe?), then props to ya. 

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For my pizza, I choose to go traditional (a relative term, I know). I highly recommend garlic and oregano in the crust. And then I went with cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and jalapeno slices (fresh) as toppings (I am a spinach, artichoke, black olives girl and my husband loves sausage, onions and olives, so we went with a middle ground, which was none of the above. Compromise.) 

My husband, he was practically beside himself. He was begging me to take the pictures faster. He was doing a pizza victory dance. And then…he asked me what the secret ingredient was. Since he liked it so much, I had no problem telling him the crust was plantains! He made a face, shrugged his shoulders, then ate the WHOLE pizza! I had to make another

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And you’ll be making this one again and again, not just for the Super Bowl! And your families will love it. And love you for being cool enough to make your own pizzas and let them eat the whole darn thing without giving them crazy eyes. 

Plantain Crust Pizza (gluten-free)
You had no idea that gluten-free pizza could be SO simple! The crust is essentially two ingredients, and the spices are customizable based on your preference, just like the toppings! Yes, you can have pizza and be healthy! (makes one 10" pizza)
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For the crust
  1. 1 large plantain (not overly ripe, more yellow)
  2. 1 large egg
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/2 tsp. dried garlic granuels
  5. 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  6. Cornmeal, for sprinkling
  7. Olive oil, optional
For the pizza
  1. 1/3-1/2 cup pizza sauce
  2. 1/2-1 cup shredded cheese
  3. toppings of your choosing (the possibilities are endless!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, sprinkle cornmeal on the parchment paper.
  2. In a small food processor (I used a Cuisinart food prep) or a blender, blend your peeled plantain (to peel a plantain, cut off the ends, slice down the skin and peel it) until it is smooth. Add the egg and spices to the blender and blend again until fully incorporated and silky.
  3. Pour the batter onto the parchment, then use a silicone spatula to spread the batter into a circle (or rectangle if that's your jam), ensuring the batter is in an even layer and approximately 1/4" thick. Bake the crust for 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and slide the parchment and crust onto a wire rack to cool and top your pizza.
  4. Turn your oven heat up to 450 degrees.
  5. Brush the edges of the crust with olive oil. Then pour the sauce in the middle of the crust and spread it out, leaving an edge of crust bare. Sprinkle on your toppings, then your cheese in an even layer (try not to add any overly-wet ingredients).
  6. Carefully slide the pizza into the oven (keep it on the parchment but bake it on the wire racks in your oven, not on a cookie sheet. Use a pizza stone if you have one/prefer it). Bake for 8 minutes, until golden and bubbly on top.
  7. Carefully remove the pizza from the oven. Slice and serve! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Pizza is personal. Use only toppings you love! Enjoy it and have fun with it!
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Did you see THESE Super Bowl snacks?! This is going to be the best Super Bowl EVER! And not just because MY team is playing! 

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    • says

      You should give it a try! I eat gluten too occasionally (when I’m attacking some cookies!) and my husband definitely does (as often as possible ;) ) and he loved it! There’s definitely no harm in eating a healthier pizza!
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  1. says

    So what’s the point in compromise if he eats the whole darn thing himself?! I hope to goodness you turned around and made that sweet-spicy pizza with the caramelized onions and….DROOL! <- See? See what you do to me?! I just ate! I'm not even hungry…but I want pizza! Haha!

    Did I tell you that I bought a plantain a couple months ago? I was ready to give it another shot. I was going to be open-minded. It ended up rotting on the counter 3 weeks later! Oops?
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    • says

      Ready to give it another shot…then three weeks later… hahaha!!!
      Good thing they’re cheap! I have three on my counter right now and a peeled one in my freezer. Ready for pizza! Oh and I totally HAD to make it twice because he ate the whole damn thing!
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  2. Traci says

    This is one of my go to meals cause its so easy & DELICIOUS. I’ve told everybody who will listen about this crust. Love it

  3. Anonsa says

    Thank you. I love plaintains and I have not been very excited with the cauliflower crusts recipes I have tried. This is also inexpensive compared to frozen specialty crusts.