Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-Style Sausage Pizza

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-style Pizza
This is one of the most outstanding recipes I’ve ever made and tastes so much like the real thing, no one will be able to tell it’s low carb and gluten free. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor and really holds up during the baking process. The result is a crisp crust overflowing with gooey, melted cheese, savory Italian sausage and tangy tomato sauce in every bite. Believe me, if you like Uno’s Pizza, you and your family will be delighted with this copy-cat recipe. Fill the pizza with any fillings you desire to make it your own.

Low Carb Deep Dish, Chicago-Style Sausage Pizza
Makes 6 servings

26 oz. box of Pomi chopped tomatoes, drained of excess liquid (yields about 1 1/4 cup)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

Pizza Crust:
3/4 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons Keto Birch Benders Pancake Mix (or more almond flour)
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder (I use this Terrasoul brand)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
3 tablespoons olive oil (or avocado oil)
1 large egg
3 tablespoons cold water
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (for dusting inside of pan)

6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 pound Italian pork sausage
Sliced black olives (optional)
Sliced mushrooms, heated in skillet until they release their moisture (optional)
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded (whole milk cheese melts better!)

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch springform pan very well and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese, moving the pan around until the bottom and sides are coated; set aside.

2. If using mushrooms, heat over medium heat in a dry skillet until the mushrooms have released their moisture; remove to a bowl and set aside. Remove the sausage from their casings and sauté in the same skillet, breaking up into crumbles, until just cooked through. Drain on a plate that has been lined with several layers of paper towels to remove excess fat; set aside. 

3. Pour the chopped tomatoes into a fine-mesh strainer that has been placed over a bowl to catch excess liquid. Drain, stirring occasionally with a spoon, until most of the liquid has been removed. You want a thick, chunky sauce. Place the tomato sauce into a bowl and add the garlic, oregano and salt; stir to combine and set aside. (Discard or store the drained liquid in the refrigerator for another use.) 

4. Place the dry ingredients for the crust into the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the olive oil, egg and water and process on low until the dough comes together and forms into a ball. Roll the dough out between two pieces of plastic wrap (or parchment paper) into a 12-inch circle. Remove the top piece of plastic wrap and turn the dough into your prepared springform pan, dough side down. Remove the remaining layer of plastic wrap and then, with your fingers, gently press the dough into the pan. “Cut and paste” the dough evenly in the pan and part way up the sides (just tear and press where needed). Once the dough is pressed into the pan, prick the bottom with a fork.

5. Pre-bake the crust in the preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before filling. Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 410 degrees.

6. Into the pre-baked crust, put down a layer of sliced provolone cheese to cover the entire bottom of the crust. Spread the cooked sausage and any other optional fillings you desire on top of the provolone cheese in an even layer. Next, add a layer of shredded mozzarella over the fillings. Top the layer of shredded cheese with the drained and seasoned chunky tomato sauce, spreading with the back of a spoon to cover the cheese layer entirely. Finally, sprinkle the sauce with 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Pizza crust and layering fillings7. Place the pan on a baking sheet (in case the filling leaks). Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the Parmesan cheese has turned a golden color and the melted mozzarella cheese you can see below the sauce is bubbly.

8. Remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Slice of Deep Dish Pizza
Nutritional Information per 1/6th of pizza: 588 calories, 13.5 g carbohydrates (5.1 g dietary fiber, 3.2 g sugars), 41.8 g total fat (15.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 123 mg cholesterol, 1292 mg sodium,  651.4 mg calcium, 169 mg potassium, 2 mg iron, 169 ug Vit A, 38.9 g protein. Net carbs per serving: 8.4 grams

Photos and recipe by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2020
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission. 

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