Let’s be real, here. As much as my dairy-free, gluten-free self hates to admit it, pizza is the best. I’m definitely a New Yorker at heart and I do enjoy some gluten free pizza from time to time. While I’ve been working on a paleo crust for a while now (poor C is my test subject), I still haven’t found the perfect recipe. BUT, I have found the perfect substitute, which is portobello mushroom caps. They make the perfect sturdy base while adding tons of flavor as well.
This recipe is perfect if you are going low carb or on a sugar detox but still want that delicious, gooey pizza taste. The nutritional yeast gives a perfect cheesiness to the pesto without the addition of dairy, and the pepperoni gives that extra kick of flavor. However, you can customize your pizza however you want, like tomato sauce, cheese (if you aren’t dairy free), ham, pineapple, bacon, olives, onions, green peppers, even more mushooms… I really could go on for a while. The possibilities are endless!
My last recipe for you before I fly (almost) across the country to Cleveland to spend time with C’s family! I just realized that I’ve been working backwards with my Thanksgiving recipes. I went from a dessert recipe to a main dish to a side and now to this, an appetizer. Totally unintentional. I’m ending with a good one though. Can’t really go wrong with a recipe that has prosciutto in it, am I righhh?
This is another easy and quick recipe that’s a crowd favorite. You can use any kind of mushrooms that you can stem and fill. I like to use regular white or cremini mushrooms because they are bite sized and perfect for a finger food.
For those who are dairy intolerant, soaked cashews make a delicious cheese substitute. They are mild enough to flavor easily and become soft so they blend into a creamy texture.
You can eat these stuffed mushrooms hot right of the oven or at room temperature, so feel free to make this ahead of time in the morning if you need the oven space throughout the day for other dishes.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you are and whoever you are with!
I have the whole apartment to myself this week! Well, more like the dogs and I… They make great company. C is off to my home state of NJ doing his work thang all week. Which means I made a giant dish of stuffing all for myself. That’s okay. It’s so good that I don’t mind eating it for the next 4 days. Might only last 3 days actually…
By the way, “stuffing” is a misnomer. This recipe is for a dressing. I’ve successfully cooked 3 turkeys in my life and never have I cooked anything inside one. I have no desire to stuff this inside anything besides my belly. But whatever, who says “dressing” anyway? Only weirdos. Sorry if you’re a weirdo. I still like you anyway.
There’s a bunch of things cooked separately for this recipe, and then they are all cooked together. I know, sounds really dumb and pointless. But just trust, it’s not. All that work yields to a perfect mixture of delicious textures.
This is a perfect dish to prepare ahead of time up to right before the step you put everything in the oven. Cover and put in the fridge a day or 2 before Thanksgiving and bake on the big day. One less thing to worry about while getting ready for the guests and about to have a nervous breakdown. Don’t you love hosting Thanksgiving?
Sausage, Sweet Potato & Apple Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing