In this very tasty and much healthier version of pizza, the crust is made from ground meat. Original “Meatza” low carb pizza recipes use ground beef and/or sausage. We tried it with ground turkey, using our Italian turkey sausage recipe, and the results were outstanding! The crust stays together and the pizza is delicious.
LOW CARB PIZZA INGREDIENTS
20 oz. ground turkey
2 tsp paprika, preferably smoked paprika
2-1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp fennel seed powder
1-1/2 tsp sage
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp white pepper, freshly ground
1/2 tsp crushed red chili peppers (omit this for less spicy sausage)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 Cup Canned Pizza Sauce or Pesto Sauce
6 oz. Pizza Cheese(s) of choice such as mozzarella and provolone
Pizza Toppings of your choice, such as olives, mushrooms, onions, jalapeno peppers, pineapple, pepperoni, salami, ham, sausage, linguica, turkey bacon, roast chicken or turkey
Mix meat and spices together well and pat into an oval disk shape. Time permitting, wrap the meat mixture in saran wrap and refrigerate for an hour or longer.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees for at least 20 minutes; lightly grease a 16” diameter pizza pan with olive oil. Spread turkey mixture on the pan covering it completely; the precooked “crust” will be thin (about ¼”) when you get it spread out, with no gaps or holes.
Bake at 450 for 7 minutes on an upper rack, and then remove. The meat “crust” will shrink somewhat, to about 60-70% of its original size (keep this in mind when prepping your toppings). Loosen the crust from the bottom of the pan with a large spatula and pour off fat that has accumulated in pan.
Leaving crust in pan, apply sauce, then cheese, then toppings.
Place back in oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes at 450, or until cheese is melted in the center and toppings are cooked to your preference. Remove from oven and loosen pizza bottom from pan with a large spatula; transfer to a cutting board. Rest for a few minutes before slicing. Enjoy your Low Carb Pizza with no guilt!
Notes: For ground turkey, we prefer Foster Farms brand. It is available locally at Marval Market as well as most other markets. Be sure to get “Ground turkey”, not “ground turkey breast”. Most markets package it at 20 oz, which this recipe is designed for. Marval carries it in 16 oz., so get two if shopping there. You can make extra breakfast sausage or turkey burgers with the rest.
This recipe makes a pretty thin crust pizza in a 16-inch pan. If you prefer a thicker meatier crust you can make more of the crust recipe or use a 12 inch pan instead. The thicker you make it, the less the crust will shrink when cooked.