It seems like just about everyone is reducing their carb intake these days. It's true, even my very own husband has reduced the amount of carbs he's been eating for a couple of years now. It's also true that my husband's favorite food is pizza - which we all know is most definitely not a low-carb food. That is, until he stumbled upon this technique we've tweaked.
Probably the most popular no-carb pizza crust recipe floating around out there is made with cauliflower that has to be grated, cooked, strained, and squeezed with every ounce of your strength before you can use it. The recipe I'm going to share with you today is much easier than that. Alright, let's get to it.
You'll need 3 simple ingredients to make this crust - eggs, grated parmesan or romano cheese, and...
The magic ingredient.... high quality canned chicken!
After trying several brands, we decided we like Kirkland Signature from Costco the best.
See how the chunks of chicken are nice and big? Some lower quality brands of chicken are mushy and pasty - try to avoid mushy and pasty chicken. Anyway, drain the water from the can. This nifty tool will keep your hands dry and clean while draining all that juice from the can. I also love using this safety can opener to eliminate sharp can edges.
Use a spatula to gently press the chicken to remove any last drops of water. What started out as a 12.5-ounce can of chicken really ends up being about 7.5 ounces of drained chicken.
Spread both cans of drained chicken out on a parchment lined sheet pan, breaking up large chunks. Place in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes to dry the chicken a bit.
After the chicken comes out of the oven raise the temperature to 500F. Notice how the color of the chicken has deepened. Allow the chicken to cool for several minutes before proceeding.
When the chicken is cool, combine it with the eggs and cheese. I like to use a stand mixer fitted with a BeaterBlade attachment to do this, but you can mix it by hand.
See how nicely the stand mixer and BeaterBlade does the job?
Divide the chicken mixture in half and use your fingers to press it into two 6x9-inch rectangles right on the same parchment lined sheet pan.
When the oven temperature reaches 500F, prebake the crusts for 10 minutes.
And for this particular pizza, I added some sauteed onions and mushrooms. My husband likes pepperoni on his.
Return the pizza to the oven for 5 minutes until the mozzarella cheese is bubbly and brown.
Cool for 5 minutes before cutting with a pizza wheel.
I know you're wondering about the bottom crust so here's a quick shot - not bad, eh?
Like traditional pizza crust, this recipe is crisp around the edges, chewy in the center, and it gets firmer as it cools. Of course the flavor is a little different than traditional crust - it's kind of chicken parmesan-ish. We really love it and I hope you'll give it a try.
Items used to make this recipe:
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- pizza peel http://amzn.to/2GdY5Ce
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Carb-Free Pizza Crust
makes 8 servings
- 25 ounces canned premium chicken in water, drained
- 3 large eggs
- 3 ounces grated parmesan or romano cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F, line a half sheet pan with parchment, and place oven rack in upper third position.
- Drain canned chicken and spread out on parchment paper, breaking up large clumps.
- Bake chicken for 10 minutes, then remove from oven to cool for several minutes.
- Increase oven temperature to 500F.
- Combine precooked chicken, eggs, and cheese well.
- Divide chicken mixture in half and press into two 6x9-inch rectangles on the same parchment lined sheet pan that was used before; return to oven for 10 minutes.
To make traditional pizza, top crusts with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings (meats should be precooked). Bake in 500F oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
adapted from ketoconnect.com