Sunday, January 14, 2007

Thin Crust Pizza (like Danatos) - 8 net carbs per serving

This evening for dinner, I decided to use up some of the left over spaghetti sauce from last night. The sauce has only 3 net carbs per 1/2 cup. My first thought was pizza. But, I've already tried several recipes for pizza crust and liked none. Before tonight, carbquik was the best. The carbquik pizza crust is floppy, bready, and has the carbquik funky flavor. Tonight, I gave up on my cookbooks and tried something different and easier. I fried Mission brand "Carb Balance Soft Taco Sized" Tortillas. These are a little higher in carbs than other brands but are much more like a non-diet flour tortilla. Frying them makes them crisp. For toppings, we simply used pepperoni. The result was a very good pizza that had a thin and crispy crust very similar to Danatos Pizza.

8+ net carbs per serving. Serves 2.

2 Mission Carb Balance Soft Taco Sized Tortillas. (7 net carbs each).
Olive Oil
Vegitable Oil
Marinara Sauce (1-2 net carbs)
Spices (optional)
Mozzarella Cheese
Favorite Pizza Toppings (add up carbs)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. In skillet, add a 1/2 inch of a 50-50 mix of olive oil (low burning point) and vegatable oil (high burning point). Heat oil on Med. High. You can check the oil temp by tossing in a tiny piece of tortilla. If the oil is hot enough it will bubble around the tortilla piece. At this time, add tortilla (one at a time). Cook on one side then the other. Tortilla-crust is done when golden brown. Remove from skillet and blot off oil with paper towel. Place the now-crunchy tortillas on a cookie sheet. Spread on a table spoon or two of marinara. If marinara is weak, sprinkle on spices like oregano, basil, and garlic. Add mozzarella & toppings. If using pepperoni, then sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top to absorb any grease (this is a trick that I learned as a teen working in an Italian restaurant). Bake at 400 degrees until cheese is bubbly (about 5 to 10 minutes).


Anonymous said...

Wow, this was fabulous!! The best pizza I've had since low carbing. Thanks very much for the suggestion.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe! This is something I have been wanting to try myself.

Rita said...

Thanks for helping so many of us!!!!!!! I need more ideas for breakfast...lower carb more calories. Any ideas?

Daron said...

Hi Rita. Breakfast low carb is easy... eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. But a quick on the run breakfast is still a royal pain. I used to eat low carb cheese cake every morning for breakfast. It refridgerates nicely and you can make it once a week.