This easy pizza recipe is perfect for game days and any time you want a fast and delicious great Carb controlled pizza… no one you serve it to will be able to tell the difference. It's your “go to” pizza crust recipe for sure.
The first time I made a real “homemade low carb pizza” it was so great… I felt like some major hurdle had been scaled or something. Don’t know why, but I’d just been hesitant about attempting to make a good low carb pizza. So silly. It's incredibly easy and great tasting.
Your tastes vary with respect to the sauce so the sauce recipe link offers up examples which are strictly up to you… spicy or mild it works great. The choices are very versatile. See the alternative toppings like ham and pineapple, spinach and pine nuts or triple cheeses. Who doesn’t just love a good pizza?
To make a 12” (medium size) pizza: Preheat oven to 170° - just warm. Position oven rack in center of oven. In medium size bowl, combine mix and yeast. Stir to mix well. Add water and oil. Stir and form ball. Knead dough just 2 minutes, or until well blended.
Spread dough evenly and thinly over pizza pan or on cookie sheet. Using plastic wrap to help spread out the dough makes spreading easier.
Form raised edges if desired. Sprinkle edges with a little salt if desired.
Turn oven off. Place prepared and topped pizza in oven to rise for 15 minutes. Turn oven to 400° and bake for 10-12 minutes until crust is browned and cheese is melted. Slice into 8 pieces.
Cooks Tip: It's best not to over bake the pizza unless you really like a chewy crust.
You can also get a chewy crust by kneading the dough for 4 or 5 minutes. If you like a wheat crust, add 1/3 cup wheat bran. It will add ½ carb per serving.
*See below options to prepare crust for baking with your favorite sauce and toppings before you set the pizza in the oven to rise.
Basic Pepperoni/Cheese Pizza: Top unbaked crust with pizza sauce, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, ½ cup parmesan cheese and pepperoni slices. 2 Tablespoons sliced black olives (optional)
*Ham Pineapple Pizza: Spread 2 teaspoons olive oil over crust and top with white sauce and/or 1-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and ½ cup parmesan cheese, 1 cup thinly sliced fresh pineapple and 8 to 10 ounces chopped ham (approx.. 2 cups).
*Note: Grilling ham before placing on pizza will give it a nice “smoke” flavor, if desired.
Greek Spinach Pizza: spread 1 to 2 Tablespoons olive oil over the unbaked crust, and/ or white sauce, 3 cups chopped fresh spinach, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and ¾ cup feta cheese and top with , and 2 teaspoons garlic powder, ¼ cup sliced black olives (optional), ¼ cup pine nuts (optional) or 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil and ½ cup sliced freshly grilled mushrooms/grilled chicken(optional).
Supreme or Veggie Topped Pizza: Sauté a mixture of ½ cup green peppers, ½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms, ¼ cup onions and for supreme version add ½ cup crumbled sausage. Cook for five minutes until sausage is cooked and veggies are soft.. Spread a layer of red pizza sauce over the unbaked crust, top with the veggies/ sausage, and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup parmesan cheese on top. Pepperoni slices complete the toppings for “Supreme version”.
Herb Topped Pizza: Spread 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil over the unbaked pizza crust, and/or white sauce plus1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 2 teaspoons dried,) 1 Tablespoon chopped basil (or 2 teaspoons dried), 2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 teaspoons minced onion. Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and ½ cup parmesan cheese. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon black pepper over cheese.
Triple Cheese Pizza: Spread a thin layer of the red or white pizza sauce (or for just cheese, spread a Tablespoon of olive oil) over the unbaked crust and top with 3 flavors of cheese, like ½ cup of each: shredded Swiss, Italian cheese blend, Cheddar.