Friday, January 13, 2012

GAPS Pancake Pizza

My son’s class won a pizza party for turning in the most box tops for the month.  We don’t get a lot of box tops to turn in around here, but my mom mails them to the kids periodically so that they can feel like they are contributing with their classmates. There are a few GAPS friendly pizza recipes that I have been wanting to try.  One uses a cauliflower and cheese base, I would substitute Gouda for mozzarella.  The other one is almond flour based and looks awesome in the pictures. These, however, take planning and work. His lunch time is 10:55 and I had an 8:30 racquetball appointment, with drive time and a shower, I was short on cook time.

A regular GAPS pancake will work in a pinch, but I found them too sweet and much preferred a recipe with no honey and a bit of oregano.  Also, overcooked pancakes work well, not burnt, but dry and tough.  Leftover pancakes can be toasted to dry them out. This keeps them from getting too soggy with the sauce.
The Pancake Pizza’s were a hit. One kid at my son’s table asked him if he could come over for a play date and if his mom would make him those pancake pizzas. I think next time I will try to find a pizza box to bring them in.  It is nice to see my kids happy to eat their special foods.  The more I prepare and think ahead, the better the experience is.  It doesn’t take much, but it does take extra thought.

1 dozen savory pancakes
1 cup pizza sauce sans sucanat
1 cup gouda cheese, shredded

Choose a pancake recipe that holds together well.  Make it savory by omitting the sweetener and adding Italian herbs.  Over cook pancakes or toast leftovers thoroughly.  Lay each pancake side by side on a sheet pan.  Spoon a tablespoon of sauce in the center of each pancake, spread to the edges and sprinkle with cheese.  Broil for 3 minutes.  I found that if I let the cheese brown , the pancakes would get too dark, so I just go with melted cheese.  Serve as soon as possible.  The longer you wait, the more soggy the pancake gets.

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