Low Carb Chicken and Spinach White Pizza (THM S)
Pizza night is always my kids' favorite night. To be honest, it's my favorite night too! When you can get a quality pizza thrown together and baked in about half an hour, how could you not love it?
White pizza is a fun change-up from regular pizza, and helps keep the carbs down since there's no sauce involved.
The crust of the pizza is fathead pizza dough, which is mozzarella cheese (the bagged kind is usually best), cream cheese, egg, and fine almond flour. In my pre-THM days, I used to make my own pizza crust, and I am SO GLAD there's an easier method that's actually better for you. No waiting around for the dough to rise, and it comes together in about 5 minutes.
Start the dough by combining the mozzarella and cream cheese in a microwave safe bowl, and heat for about 1 minute at a time until the cheese is fully melted.
Stir it together, it should be hot and stringy. Add the fine almond flour, and stir again. Adding the flour before the egg allows the mixture to cool slightly so that the egg won't cook as you add it to the dough.
Add the egg, and stir until it's fully incorporated. It takes some muscle work, just so you know. When it's fully mixed, the dough should like like the photo on the right, below.
Next, place your dough onto a 10-12-in round pizza pan lined with parchment, and with slightly damp hands begin to press it out.
Dab the surface with a fork to keep it from puffing up too much while baking.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. This helps ensure that you have a cooked, crispy crust at the end.
Next, pile on the toppings: diced chicken, shallots, garlic, cheese, spinach, and crumbled bacon.
Now brush that buttery garlic mixture onto the outer crust, and dust the whole thing with some grated parmesan cheese.
Now bake that baby for another 10-12 minutes, until hot and bubbly Flavortown (Any Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives fans out there?!) deliciousness.
THAT is a thing of beauty.
Crispy and slightly salty on the edges from that parmesan. Cheesy, flavorful, fresh, and meaty toppings - delivery ain't got nothin' on this, baby!
My favorite pizza finisher is a pinch of red pepper flakes for an extra kick. Serve this bad boy with a big, green salad (with homemade ranch, perhaps?) and call it a wonderful night.