Homemade Pizza

Light Carb Update #2

My “cheat” meal this week was a little different. I decided to split it between lunch and dinner.

I took Friday off as a me day. I went to physical therapy, then to the gym, ran a few errands and spent the rest of the day relaxing on the couch cuddling with Bella and Yggdrasil and catching up on TV shows. (Currently LOVING Feud!!) I decided I wanted a burrito for lunch (I used leftover shredded chicken in my tortilla) and had some chips and salsa. Then for dinner Michael and I had pork tenderloin and some Trader Joe’s garlic fries. I really wanted mashed potatoes but the fries were a good substitute.

The last few weeks my cheat meals were pizza or a burger on a bun with a beer. Those were very satisfying.

New To Us This Week

After our hike on Saturday, Michael made cauliflower pizza for the first time. I’ve never had it before. Here is the recipe Michael used:

The Ultimate Cauliflower Pizza Crust

From: http://annavocino.com/the-ultimate-cauliflower-pizza-crust/

Ingredients

  • 2 12 oz bags of cauliflower florets, stems removed
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup shredded mozzarella
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

  1. Pulse cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles the texture of couscous. It will have a very snowy appearance.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, cook on high for 3-4 minutes. Let cool. Using cheesecloth, squeeze any and all excess water out of the cauliflower, then do one final squeeze wrapping a towel around the cheesecloth to make sure all excess water has been removed.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix cauliflower, parmesan, mozzarella, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt and egg very evenly and form a dough ball.
  4. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, spray a light coating of olive or coconut oil. Place dough ball into center, and press into a circle, about 10-11 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick.
  5. Bake in oven for 11-14 minutes until golden brown spots start to cover the surface of the crust. Remove from oven, add your toppings, and place back in oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese topping is melted and bubbly.
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Picking up cauliflower already riced (Trader Joe’s) was a smart move!

I opened a bottle of wine that we bought for my birthday in January:

It was a small pizza, perfect for two people. It turned out pretty good! The downside? It was very time consuming. Michael worked really hard on the pizza and the second downside was the crust stuck to the parchment paper after it was cooked, so that was difficult. We eventually figure out how to salvage the pizza and the paper off the bottom.

How did it taste? Pretty darn good. It was really tasty, much better than I was expecting, but was it as good as a bread pizza? Not quite. Michael thinks we should try again and maybe make the cauliflower a little smaller, and make sure ALL the water was out. I didn’t help much, I was on Logan duty, so I’m not sure how the process went but I think for a first attempt, this was pretty good.

You definitely can’t eat the pizza like normal pizza–all fork eating here! But it tasted really good.

Challenges This Week

The first challenge was cravings. I was feeling a bit run-down for some reason and even though I haven’t been having cravings since those first few days of quitting bread, I started to crave bread. No idea why! I was doing really well, not missing it too much. Then boom. I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup (which is surprisingly high in carbs! Why?! I don’t understand how tomato soup is almost as high as a sandwich) and then I craved pancakes and French toast! I resisted but I was seriously craving it.

The second challenge was Easter. We went to Michael’s mom’s house for brunch and I knew there would be lots of carbs for breakfast (it’s the same delicious meal every year). Michael did let her know we were doing low-carb and she made a carb-free egg casserole that was really good, so that was nice! I had salad, fruit, many deviled eggs, then the ham and egg casserole.

I skipped the delicious potato, sausage, cheese casserole and went with the egg casserole instead. I did “cheat” and have 1 mini cinnamon roll. It tasted really good, too. 🙁

Victories This Week

Several shirts and a pair of jeans (that have been slightly too tight for months) were suddenly very loose. YAY for NSV!

I’m up 1 pound this week. (Wine, ice cream, Easter candy…) I’m slightly disappointed, but am back on track and we’ll see how it goes next week.

Finally, A Winner

The search for the best pizza dough EVER has been going on for about a year. It began with Michael finally getting a Kitchenaid Mixer (something he’d wanted for years). Over the year we’ve been making homemade pizzas, we’ve tried about 4 or 5 different recipes. Some were decent but nothing special, some were horrible. Recently we found one that is hands down the best dough recipe we’ve has so far.  It was so good that we were both talking about the crust for a week while we enjoyed the leftovers! Even three days later, the pizza was amazing.

This dough recipe us much easier to use. It’s not as sticky and messy as some of the others. It’s easier to roll out and form a pizza shape, too. Here is that recipe:

 

Bobby Flay's Pizza Dough

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 (14-inch) pizza crusts, about 20 slices on 2 pizzas total

Calories per serving: 92 (for just the crust)

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling (Chef's Note: Using bread flour will give you a much crisper crust. If you can't find bread flour, you can substitute it with all-purpose flour which will give you a chewier crust.)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 envelope instant dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water, 110 degrees F
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus 2 teaspoons

Instructions

  1. Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  2. While the mixer is running, add the water and 2 tablespoons of the oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  3. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead into a smooth, firm ball.
  4. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm area to let it double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces.
  6. Cover each with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.

Notes

From: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/pizza-dough-recipe/index.html

http://www.110pounds.com/?p=28755

 

The only problem with this recipe is that it takes over an hour to do. My suggestion is to start it early and do other things.

Or, if you are like me and slow in the kitchen, just prep all the toppings! The most recent version of the homemade pizza we made had several toppings. The first: sausage, hot peppers and black olives. The second: artichoke hearts, feta cheese, onions and tomatoes.

I like to add olive oil with minced garlic and herbs, a dash of salt and freshly chopped rosemary to naked dough after it’s been rolled out.

I’m a garlic fanatic, so I tend to add tons of garlic to anything I can. As for the sauce, I use either a jarred marinara sauce or a pizza sauce and I add some tomato paste to it to thicken it up. It’s really good.

We usually bake the pizzas in the oven at 500 degrees but this time Michael tried it on the grill. It made the dough crunchier. They turned out so well!

The pizza was delicious! This is definitely the dough recipe that we’ll use for awhile now. Each time we’ve tried it, it’s been successful and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

This recipe will be sticking around for awhile.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite pizza dough recipe?