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Low Carb Eats #2 - You need pizza

Monday, December 02, 2013

I had a #2 blog on Low Carb done last week (on cheeses), but when I went to post it gave me a snippy "No HTML" message and my blog went poof. I have to go look up the cheese data again, but I'm done pouting, so I'm ready to talk pizza.

So many people say they can't imagine eating low carb because they'd have to give up ... a long list of yummy stuff. It is really hard to start from that mindset, certainly. I started thinking about enjoying lots of cheese and olives and pickles and just forgot about my carb-laden favorites long enough to adjust.

But going without pizza... that's just unthinkable! In the event of a pizza emergency, a low carber can just buy a pizza (or a slice, depending on the scale of the emergency) and eat the toppings (cheese, meat, veggies, whatever!)

To add pizza to your regular meals, you'll need to make your own. I've got a flax-based recipe if someone wants to beg for it, but the link below is amazingly tasty and crispy. *This is not my recipe, I found it by Googling "keto holy grail pizza".*


The only modification I make is that I mix with a spoon, not by hand (found it much too sticky for that) and I add a few tablespoons of ground flax seed instead of any additional almond flour. Be sure to read the comments for other good hints on rolling it out. Shredding your own cheese minimizes the carb count, but takes more time. Most recently I've made this with a shredded cheddar and jack blend from Kirkland.

Roll the crust out onto a cookie sheet. I line mine with parchment, so it is later easier to move off the pan to cut. Bake the crust, then add toppings and return to the oven.

Pizza sauce is pretty easy to find, but check to make sure no sugar is added. Trader Joe's sauce has added sugar. Muir Glen Organic Pizza sauce is my favorite, and widely available. It has just 4g net carbs per 1/4 cup, which is more than enough for a pan of pizza.

Top with your choice of cheese. I usually shred whole milk mozzarella. I put it back in the oven at 425 and bake until I get some toasty brown spots, about 10 minutes.

This crust browns beautifully, and has a wonderful crispness. I sometimes make a double batch for a thick crust. Thin or thick, you can pick up a piece and hold it... just like pizza!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NASFKAB 6/15/2014 12:59PM

  thanks for the link

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NASFKAB 12/12/2013 1:36PM

  thanks a bunch

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NASFKAB 12/12/2013 1:34PM

  thanks a bunch

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AKHEIDI 12/3/2013 1:16PM

    Thanks! I'll give it a try- I like pizza emoticon and it is difficult for me to scrape it off all the time.

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ICEDEMETER 12/3/2013 11:29AM

    The Man read this over my shoulder, and let me know that he prefers the cauliflower crust (complete with lots and lots of cheese!). We're not even LC, but have found that the crust just was not part of our enjoyment of pizza - and the blandness of the cauliflower really makes the rest of the flavours pop.

I find the almond flour so sweet, that I'm not sure how it would impact the flavour of the toppings --- have bookmarked this, though, for one day when I want something "different".

Thanks, and hope you are having a great day!

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JUST-ELIZ 12/3/2013 12:49AM

    YUM! I eat pizza on my LC diet all the time!! Our Pappa Murphy's loads it up with the white garlic sauce and all the veggies, cheese and meats I can think of. Then We bake it forever! LOL! Scrape it off the thin crust and dig in- YUM!!
I lost a post too where it said that odd HTML thing! grrrrr!

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SHEL_V2 12/2/2013 11:51PM

    Oops... sorry if I did not make it clear that the linked recipe is not mine. I'm just trying to eat, and most of my creativity is about finding excuses to make things more chocolately. Cauliflower crust has been something many low carb and paleo eaters have tried, but as for me, I like my cheese! Also, I knew there was zero chance of getting hubby to eat anything based on cauliflower. I can point any interested parties in the direction of a cauliflower brownie recipe, but I can't recommend it as highly as the pizza crust I've linked here.

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KATHY98665 12/2/2013 11:04PM

    I have also seen a recipe using shredded cauliflower for the crust?

Good for you for being creative in the kitchen!

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