Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, advises that we need to be eating more than just the typical muscle meats like steaks, roasts, or filets. She says we need the nutrition that can only be found in places like organ meats, bones, cartilage and other less well known portions. Dr. Cate Shanahan, author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, has two entire categories in her Four Pillars of ancient cuisine dedicated to Organ Meats and Meat on the Bone. Liver and other organ meats contain essential nutrients like omega-3 fats plus vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, folic acid, iron and CoQ10 deficient in our modern society. Dr. Weston Price himself was the pioneer over 75 years ago promoting the necessity of including organ meats in our diet. His book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration shared vivid illustrations showing exactly what happens when we neglect this storehouse of nutrition.
But I don’t like liver!I don’t know how to cook heart!My kids won’t touch that!It tastes weird!
I hear you. But I have an organ meat recipe for you that doesn’t look gross, doesn’t have a strange texture and best of all it tastes delicious! In fact my kids were at that awkward, picky stage when I first started feeding it to them, and they loved it! So give it a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I buy frozen grassfed beef liver or heart from a local rancher who delivers to our area once a month. I thaw them only enough that I can cut them up into 1/4 lb chunks and then wrap them in wax paper and freeze in ziploc bags. The night before I want to make the sausage I pull out a chunk and let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. You can use 1/4 lb of pork, chicken, duck or goose liver or heart as well. The important part is that the organs came from animals who were raised outdoors in the sunshine eating grass and forage, because access to sunlight means the organs will be good sources of vitamin D and access to green grass means plenty of vitamin A.
Breakfast Pizza makes a fun change of pace for a leisurely weekend brunch, or you can do much of it ahead on the weekend to have it ready for a quick and portable weekday breakfast.
The crust uses durum or semolina flour to add a nice crunchy texture, but you can substitute all-purpose flour if you like. A printable recipe appears below, but I’ve written it out step by step with pictures to illustrate here.
Breakfast Pizza (makes 8) For the crust:
1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups durum or semolina wheat flour
1 Tblsp pizza herbs (I used Frontier Pizza Seasoning)
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sea salt
2 Tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups filtered water
For the topping:
4 eggs, preferably from pastured hens
2 cups (8oz) shredded cheese – your choice of cheddar, swiss, colby or Monterey Jack
4 slices of nitrite-free bacon OR 4 oz. of homemade pork or turkey sausage
For the dough, combine all of the crust ingredients in your mixer, bread machine or a large bowl. Mix until the dough comes together and then knead for about five minutes until you have a somewhat shaggy dough. Place the dough in a large, well oiled bowl and cover it with a clean tea towel or oiled plastic wrap. Let the dough rise at least two hours but as long as overnight on the countertop OR you can refrigerate the dough for up to 7 days.
This long rising time allows the flavor to develop as the yeast feeds on the carbohydrates in the flour. This also lets you prepare the dough the night before or even earlier giving you less prep time at breakfast.
For the topping, combine the eggs and cheese in a medium bowl. Cut the bacon into small squares or crumble the sausage into little bits (uncooked) and stir it into the egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate the topping until you are ready to assemble the pizzas.
To bake the pizzas, preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then divide the dough into eight pieces about 3 oz each. (You can make them larger but you’ll get fewer pizzas) Roll the dough into a circle about 5 or 6″ in diameter. Larger circles make thinner crispy crust, smaller circles make thicker chewy crust. To keep the topping from oozing off pinch a little edge around the rim of the circles. Place the circles on lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake the empty crusts for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven.* Divide the topping evenly among the crusts and return them to the oven for 14-16 more minutes. The topping should be golden and bubbly. Remove from the oven and serve hot or let them cool on a cooling rack until you are ready to eat.
*You can stop at this point and let the par-baked crusts cool and freeze them in a zip-top freezer bag. To use later just let them thaw a bit, top them and bake as directed for the second baking with the topping.
These little pizzas are very portable. They are full of healthy proteins and fats and make a fun way to get more eggs into your kids.