Monday, September 10, 2012

Caprese Pizza (Low Carb)

This evening I decided to make my Low Carb Pizza recipe (made with flax meal); but instead of making the full recipe, I made 1/3 of it "for one".  It is still more pizza than I can eat at one sitting, but I get to have leftovers for lunch for a day or two...which is a good thing.  I reduced my recipe to make it on a smaller scale (it makes one 10" pizza).  I decided that last night's mini Caprese salads were so good that I would stick with that theme for my pizza tonight.  So, I made myself a "Mini Caprese Pizza".  I put a very thin layer of sauce on my baked crust, added fresh diced cherry tomatoes, diced fresh mozzarella and then drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil on top and popped it back in the oven to heat up and melt the cheese for about 6-7 minutes.  When it came out of the oven, I sprinkled freshly torn basil on top....and "Voila"...Caprese Pizza!  Check out a few photos as well as the reduced size crust recipe below.  Enjoy!


Low Carb Pizza (for one)


1/2 cup flax seed meal (I used organic golden flax which has a milder taste)
2/3 teaspoon baking powder (aluminum free)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (or Italian seasoning)
Pinch of salt, more or less to taste
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 egg (or 1/4 cup egg substitute such as Egg Beaters)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons PLUS 2 teaspoons water


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Mix dry ingredients together; add wet ingredients and mix well.
Let the dough sit for about 5 minutes to thicken. Spread dough on a lightly oiled large round pizza pan or on a cookie sheet with greased parchment paper (I used Reynolds non-stick foil, lightly brushed with olive oil and pressed the dough out with a rubber spatula so it wouldn't stick).  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through (check it after 15 minutes and take out if it looks and feels done).  Add sauce, cheese, pre-cooked toppings and place back into the oven for 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese.  If desired, run under the broiler for a few minutes to lightly brown the toppings and cheese (be careful not to burn it).

Here is a link to the original crust recipe -- it makes either two 14" pizzas or one huge/large cookie sheet sized crust.  Just press the dough out to your desired thickness.

Low Carb Pizza


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