After I shared my popover pizza recipe, I promised that I’d be sharing a recipe for flourless pizza soon. Here it is! The original recipe came from my good friend, Katie. She has relied on it whenever she’s “low-carbing.” Since then, I’ve discovered there are lots of low-carb pizza recipes online—most using this same concept, but with greatly different ingredient amounts. Low-carb diets are often a great source of naturally gluten free recipes. Incidentally, sometimes it’s being on a low-carb diet that actually helps folks realize they have gluten issues. They feel so much better when on a low-carb diet and then not so much when they reintroduce the carbs into their diet. In the Standard American Diet (SAD), carbs equate to lots of gluten.
Despite Katie’s enthusiastic endorsement, I was very skeptical the first time I made this recipe. Then I took my first bite and I wanted to do back flips! Each time I’ve made this recipe for our family and for my support group, we are all surprised anew at how great this pizza is. 🙂 The last time I made it, Son took a bite and said, “This is the best pizza. It tastes like real pizza. It tastes like the pizza we used to eat.” High praise coming from a 21-year old college student! He said the edges of the crust tasted like his Aunt Susie’s sausage balls. LOL But, again, that’s a terrific compliment. Son will be home in a few days and I’ll be making flourless pizza again for him to enjoy.
I did tweak Katie’s recipe just a tiny bit. Here it is with step-by-step photos. I included the last photo to show how the pizza can be picked up with a spatula (or your hands). How can pizza taste this good without a “bread” crust? You have to try it to believe it! And, of course, you don’t have to be gluten free to enjoy this pizza. Who doesn’t want a great homemade pizza without the need to make a traditional crust? Flourless. Gluten free. Amazing.
Here are step-by-step photos with the recipe at the end.
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ tsp pizza seasoning
- 8 ounces (2 cups) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ⅓ cup (or slightly more, per preference) pizza sauce (I use Ragu traditional pizza sauce)
- 4 ounces (1 cup) mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Assorted toppings of preference: pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon, ground beef, mushrooms, green peppers, etc. (I recommend precooking any toppings slightly to ensure much less fat/“liquid” to prevent a soggy crust.)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9 x 13 glass baking dish (metal does not work well; crust will stick) and line with parchment paper.
- For crust, in medium bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Whisk in eggs until mixture is well-blended and smooth. Add the Parmesan cheese and seasonings. Stir in mozzarella until completely moistened. Spread mixture evenly over parchment paper.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, until evenly browned, but not too dark. Let cool for a few minutes on a wire rack. When slightly cool, I “cheat” and lift the crust using the parchment paper and place all in the freezer for about 30 minutes until completely cooled. If you have plenty of time, you can cool the crust on the counter and then leave in the refrigerator for several hours uncovered. The goal is for the crust to dry out enough that it will be crispy/chewy and you can pick up with your hands.
- Once cooled, remove parchment paper and place crust back in same pan (which is adequately greased from before—I even wipe it out a bit with a paper towel). Spread crust with pizza sauce, then cheese (even if you love cheese, do not add more than one cup as the crust is almost entirely made of cheese), and then toppings of your choice.
- Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes or until toppings are bubbly and look right. Let stand a few minutes before cutting. Makes about 8 servings and can be frozen for later eating.