It is Friday so it is time for the next family recipe. This week I decided to put a twist on the regular family recipe and show how recently my family managed to adapt a family favorite into a low carb version that is still delicious and satisfying. If you notice one constant with all my recipes over the last couple of weeks it is none of them have any sort of nutritional information. No calorie counts and not a single suggestion of how adding it to your menu might affect your long-term waistline…and that is how the people in my household got put on a diet.
Like most families, mine loves pizza. I would be hard pressed to name a single year of my life where pizza did not appear on the menu on a regular basis in all my nearly 4 decades. Pizzas delivered, carryout, home baked pizza, and even campfire pizza cooked under a blanket of stars in the Rocky Mountains. Stuffed crust, dessert style, or ordered with toppings by the pound in a popular little restaurant in Idaho Springs, Colorado. It seems there are no end of warm fuzzy memories in my life that involve pizza.
All those delicious pizzas….and many other treats…have led to a few extra pounds. So here is family recipe Friday…with a twist. Crust less low carb pizza and its traditional counterpart pepperoni pizza.
Most typical American families love pizza. We learned to make a quick and easy version at home years ago. It is not pizza hut but it’s an affordable substitute. The only problem with most traditional pizzas is the carb content is through the room and carbs add up quick on the waist line. The crust we typically grab is 32g of carbs in crust alone and that is only ¼ of a 12” pizza. If you cut the pizza into 8 small pieces you can have 2. Yikes!
Currently my family is on a low carb diet so we located a recipe we hoped would be a suitable replacement for that crazy high carb crust. We were skeptical but this won us over before the first bite. It smelled amazing while cooking.
Like many of the recipes I find myself using the details were a little vague on this one. Here is how I made mine. Also we only got 6 pieces out of ours.
For the Low Carb Pizza “Crust”
8 oz cream cheese
¼-cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425.
Grease a 9 X 13 glass casserole dish. Add all crust ingredients to a mixing bowl and blend well. I used an electric hand mixer to get it mixed up well. Pour into greased dish and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. The crust should start to pull away from the edges of the dish when done.
Let crust cool for about 10 minutes. After it has cooled top with favorite toppings and return to oven for 10 minutes until cheese melts.
For the traditional pizza prepare following the directions on the package. Top and bake. I doubt we will have the traditional version around my house much anymore in the future.