This is a two parter, because I wanted to wait for a successful pizza before posting.
Part 1I'm craving pizza. Since the sugary sauce is full of carbs, not to mention the crust, it looks like I'm going to have to get creative.
a few days ago
a few days ago
I jump in the car and head to the supermarket for some shopping. I got all excited when I saw the Boboli crusts. Then I looked at the nutritional information, only to find that there are 24 grams of carb for a mere 1/8 of a crust!
Since neither Terry or I ever eat just 1/8 of a pizza, it was pretty obvious this wasn't going to be the route I'd take.
Then I saw whole wheat low carb tortillas. Since we prefer thin crust on our pizzas, this looked like a good place to start.
Now, what to use for sauce? While I like traditional red sauce, it's often a bit acidy for my taste, so we always ask for light sauce. I really prefer white sauce on my pizza, and Terry is open to either. In the sauce aisle, I spied a sun dried tomato alfredo. Nice and light on the tomato with a hint of tomato flavor, this looked like just the thing! At just 4 grams of carb for 1/4 cup, this looked like just the ticket.
I also threw in some pepperoni and mozzarella and came home to experiment. I put the tortilla in the oven for a bit to crisp it up, smoothed on a bit of the alfredo, added some cheese, then I hit a snag.
I looked at the pepperoni and remembered that the one thing I usually don't like about regular pepperoni pizza is the amount of oil it exudes. With this in mind, I decided to pre-cook the pepperoni in a frying pan, which releases most of the oil but retains the flavor. Next, drain the pepperoni on a paper towel, and Voila! problem solved
I assembled the pizza, threw it in the oven for 15 minutes and did it ever look good.
Unfortunately, while the toppings were darn near perfect, the crust was just awful, I could have used plain cardboard with the same results.
Back to the drawing board
So I did a bit of searching on the internet and it seems that a lot of people have been happy using Flat-Out Flatbread as a pizza crust.
Well, I've never even heard of this, so it's off for another trip to the market. Online, they say it's sold at Safeway. I only had to go to three stores before I finally found it.
Now this looks promising.
MUCH softer than the whole wheat low carb tortillas, these actually look like oval tortillas and the numbers are good (16 grams carb minus 9 carbs fiber for as total of 7 usable carbs). Not bad, and they're quite large. I see wraps and hopefully, pizzas in my future.
I followed the same steps as above, and I'm pleased to say, We can now eat pizza, guilt free!
With a salad for starters, this was plenty for both of us. Next, we're going to try a ham and pineapple pizza. Or maybe chicken, spinach and garlic. Or pile one high with veggies and cheese. The possibilities are endless!