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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Where's the Crust? Pizza

This recipe goes way back to my early blogging days.  
With over 50K page views, I'm guessing you like different ways to eat pizza!  
This one sure is unique.

where's the crust pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

As my husband would say, while rolling his eyes, "you could eat pizza everyday".  Yep, he's right, and I'm not ashamed of it.  A big thanks to whoever made it so popular here in the United States. You have given me many, many meals.

This pizza is low-carb and gluten free.  I do not strive to eat things low-carb, but this dish falls into that category, so for those of you that do eat that way - here is one for you!  I saw this over on The Plain Chicken, who always has yummy dishes, so I knew I needed to try.

The crust is made from cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and eggs.  Weird?  Maybe a little, but shockingly it works.  After you bake the crust, it will look like this:

where's the crust pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You could say this dish is more like a casserole, or some classic comfort food, but either way it is pretty good and will for sure be making the rotation in our pizza nights, when I'm too lazy to make my own dough.

Which isn't very often, as I love homemade dough, but there are days when the kids are crazy, I'm short on time and trying to get in a drink of water between diapers, snacks and cleaning up spills is my priority.  Mothers of young kids...you know what I mean.

where's the crust pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Where's the Crust? Pizza

1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
2 eggs
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
toppings - pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, etc.
Garlic powder

Preheat oven to 350.

Lightly spay a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. With a handheld mixer, mix cream cheese, eggs, pepper, garlic powder and Parmesan cheese until combined. Spread into baking dish. Bake for 12-15 minutes, our until golden brown. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce on crust. Top with cheese and toppings. Sprinkle pizza with garlic powder. Bake 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

I turned the oven to broil for a few minutes at the end, just to get it extra crispy.

The little man LOVED this pizza, and asked for more the next day for lunch, when of course it had all been eaten.  

He takes after his mother.

where's the crust pizza (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Would you like to comment?

  1. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)April 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I could eat pizza every day. I used to eat it for breakfast ... we would order a large pizza, and freeze the slices individually and then I would warm them up in the morning :-) Haven't done that in a while ...

  2. I have a friend that's gluten free, I'll definitely be passing this recipe on to her!

  3. Wow, how strange! I always find it crazy when I see an odd mixture of ingredients and somehow they work out!
    Johnny is also a major, major pizza fan. I get sick of it, but he could eat it every meal of every day!

  4. We are pizza lovers too - just made it 2 nights in a row! This crust sounds super delicious! I've seen a few different ones using cauliflower too.

  5. Found this on Pinterest and making tonight. Smells so good! Hubby and I started a low carb diet/lifestyle change and I really have missed pizza. I'll check in with the verdict. Think we are making a "taco" pizza, salsa instead of pizza sauce and taco meat.

  6. It's good! I foil lined my stone baking dish and I think that prevented the crust from getting firmer. Next time, there will be a next time, I'll cook the crust a bit longer. Since I made a taco pizza it tasted like enchiladas after we topped with lettuce and sour crem!

  7. I love this pizza - would you be able to tell me the calorie and carb count for a slice. Thanks

  8. What is the nutritional info on this pizza?

  9. with only cou ting cheese and no other toppings for the whole pizza i come up with about 26g carbs using kroger shredded cheese and fresh grated parm on MyFitnessPal app looking up ingredients 1 by 1.
    Not sure of the fiber content to count net carbs though