Homemade pizza is a near-weekly dinner here, as it is in many other households. It’s a quick and simple dinner solution, especially when made in the no-mess fashion described in Simplified Dinners.
However, pizza is quite problematic if you are trying to eat low-carb, as I am.
I did a quick Google search one day for low-carb pizza crust ideas, and came across all sorts of concoctions that all required more preparation than a typical pizza crust. And, since I already have to make the pizza crust for the rest of the family, I’m not really interested in cooking what amounts to a completely separate dinner for myself. On top of that, it’d be pretty difficult to eat a grain-free substitute or cauliflower-based crust while the rest of the family enjoys real pizza.
I recalled once attempting an appetizer that was basically toasted Parmesan cheese, and wondered if I could adapt that to be a pizza base. That way, my pizza would basically be real pizza, just without the crust. Toppings only, still toasty, and extra-cheesy. No extra ingredients or cooking would be required, and I wouldn’t feel deprived. I knew I had to make the idea work.
And I did.
Toasted Parmesan & Mozzarella Cheese Pizza Crust Recipe
- Make 3″-5″ circles of shredded mozzarella cheese on a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Sprinkle some shredded Parmesan cheese on top, as well as a sprinkle of Italian herbs. Bake in a 400-450 oven until melted and just starting to brown on the edges, 3-6 minutes.
- Add your pizza toppings, but don’t overload it. I added 3 pepperoni and 2 salami slices and a couple small pieces of olive and red pepper to mine. Sprinkle with a little more cheese. This layer will melt into the other cheese and help hold your pizza together. Pop it back in the oven for 2-5 more minutes or until the topping is melted and toasted but the edges of the crust aren’t burnt.
- Let it cool on the mat or paper for at least 5 minutes. Carefully lift it off and onto your plate. Once it’s cool, you should be able to cut it into quarters and pick it up and eat it like a slice of pizza.