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Monday, April 18, 2016

How many carbs are in a thin crust pizza?

Honestly, this is the best low carb pizza option.... period.

I was amazed that after the years of posting that I've never actually posted this. I felt like I needed to share this after seeing a plethora of posts online about the impossibility of pizza on a low-carbohydrate diet. Again, people are making this stuff, wayyyyyy too complicated. I'll admit I have a weakness for pizza. The addiction is made more difficult by the fact it's one of the easiest things to call up and have delivered to your house. Yet, despite many fast-food companies offering low-carb versions of their offerings, no major chain in the U.S. offers a low carb pizza. Your first inclination might be to order a thin crust pizza, but a medium Domino's Crispy Thin Crust is almost 93g carbs. Even if you manage to eat one serving (1/4 of a pizza), you're still over 20g carbs, and let's be honest, who eats just a 1/4 of thin crust pizza? I don't have an eating disorder for nothing baby!

Everyone swears by the Fat Head Pizza (a cream cheese based crust) and others like cauliflower crust pizza. Neither of them are my preference. Hell, that defeats the whole point of all this... I'm lazy. I want pizza because I'm either quite drunk, depressed or in a state of American entitlement that has my inner voice saying "I deserve this!". In the past I've mentioned how to take giant Portobello mushrooms and stuff them with pizza toppings or my go-to family option is a pizza casserole bake if I want the lowest carb pizza option. However, let's be honest, when you're about to lose your shit and call your local Pizza Hut, there's really only one thing to do... Deep fry a low carb tortilla. Say what?

Yes, you can have a flaky buttery thin crust pizza that has only about 5g carbs. I've been doing this for years, but when I learned to fry the tortilla ahead of time (I used to only bake them), I found a whole new kind of love.  The best part is that you can make it how you want and even with a low-carb pasta sauce (you can find some pretty cheap brands at most grocers that are 4-6g net carbs), you can have the entire thing and still be around 10-12g of net carbs.  While the ingredients are up to you (I won't bore you with an assembly method), just grab your favorite low-carb tortillas, some sauce, cheese and prepare accordingly:

  1. Using a flat iron skillet, add oil and fry each tortilla at about heat mark 6 (medium to medium high). Flip until browned.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F
  3. Prepare pizzas on baking sheet adding sauce, cheese and toppings.
  4. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
Ingredient List:
  • Low carb tortillas (4-6g net)
  • Pasta sauce (usually the garlic and herb is fairly low carb)
  • Veg (green peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives)
  • Peperoni, ham, etc.
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Oil for frying (vegetable, corn, etc. or see below)
So let me be clear, you get a deep fried flaky crust, it's low carb, relatively healthy and the best part is you can fry up the tortillas in advance, keep them in a zip lock in make a pizza in about 10 minutes. That's a way better deal than having to tip the neighbor's kid when he shows up in a lowered Civic, like a carbohydrate drug dealer.

If you really want to blow your mind, fry the tortilla in bacon grease. They puff up like fat Chalupas and taste like happiness.