This entry goes out to both the Onyx Plate and Sharpshooter, since I’m sure they’ll both get a kick out of it.
Now, I can’t claim to have wholly invented this recipe, as I’ve seen others do it before, or at least some variation on it. But you know me- I like to break things down to their basic level of abstraction and work from there.
First, let’s consider: what’s in a name? What qualifies something AS something? This question may seem ridiculous and trifling at first glance, as after all, most of us have no trouble labeling this or that thing.
But the reality is that philosophers have long struggled throughout history to understand what qualifies something as something. Do real categories exist, or are they arbitrary inventions of the human mind based on similarities?
Language affects us heavily. What I mean to say is that the human mind can be “primed” by putting forth certain ideas and concepts. You’ll almost always automatically respond with something for which you’ve been “primed.”
So this recipe I’m about to give could easily be called “baked tomatoes.” But “baked tomatoes” doesn’t sound nearly as much fun as “Carb-less Mini-Pizzas,” does it? And here’s the problem: are these really simply a modified version of baked tomatoes, or are they really a mini-pizza that has no crust? Further still, do they perhaps represent a hybrid between the two, a meeting ground of common ingredients that produces something that isn’t quite this or that?
The kind of debate and argument this could create is the sort that can destroy both friendships and marriages.
None the less, the intellectual exercises prove that humans cannot agree on anything, and so the practical person’s only true response is to simply make the recipe and eat it without trying to categorize it.
Because if you think about it, some things we might call “pizza” may be very far from the idea of pizza as we have it anyway. What happens when you use Tandoori Naan bread as the crust with pesto instead of tomato sauce and top it with spinach and feta cheese? That’s not traditionally what we think of when we say “pizza,” is it? Yet every day, many people make very un-traditional forms of pizza that are still categorized as pizza.
Maybe it’s all in the eye of the beholder (or the mouth of the eater.) Maybe it’s all in the mind of the thinker.
Whatever it is, if you change what it’s called, people will actually understand it differently- they will understand the role of it differently, they will perceive it differently. As so many say, perception is reality.
What you need:
- four or five medium to large tomatoes
- shredded parmesan
What you do:
- Slice the tomatoes as evenly as possible.
- Sprinkle on oregano and parmesan.
- Bake at 450º for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This is the so-called “basic” form of the recipe. If you do this and only this, you will end up with a bunch of mini-pizzas without any carbs, and yes, it will taste like pizza.
But to alter this recipe, you can also add any or all of these:
- extra virgin olive oil
- bell peppers
Do you see what I mean here? The possibilities are endless. You’re going to be having a healthy pizza here without it being full of carbs. And you can have several of the healthy pizzas. This is a great and fun recipe, it’s super-easy, and it’s in season for the summer.