Sometimes living in a low-carb world is just plain discouraging. I mean if you are anything like me, or Oprah, then you also LOVE bread. Who is with me?? I love all sorts of bread from handmade freshly baked dinner rolls to a delicious pizza crust. Unfortunately, bread doesn’t love me back! Instead it wages war on my hips thighs and leaves its mark.
So alas, I am trying to live in a world filled with THM meals that are either low in carbs, or filled with healthy and natural carbs, like brown rice and broccoli. As you can imagine, and I am sure some of you very well know, there are days when you just want a big slice of pizza. Or a juicy hotdog on a bun. WELL, I have found the solution, yes I have found the golden, life changing recipe that satisfies the bread loving monster within.
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a Low Carb Everything Bagel Dog recipe (which is a spin off of a dough recipe called Fat Head Dough.) The picture looked good, I had all the ingredients on hand, I thought, ya lets give it a try. I wasn’t sure if I would be blown away, for I have tried many recipes over the past year that have left me with much to be desired. But this delicious dough did not disappoint! It is like a melt in your mouth soft chewy crescent roll! Of course, after making this recipe I started thinking of all the other possibilities I had with this dough! I could make cinnamon rolls, pastries, pizza’s and so much more!
Well I have taken the bagel dog dough/fat head dough recipe (I do not know who the original creator of the Fat Head dough was, but the dough recipe is not my own creation) and turned it into a pizza pocket if you will! You know those delicious soft baked pizza rolls from Pizza Hut? Flaky crust on the outside, melted oooey gooey cheese and pepperoni on the inside, dipped in a robust pizza sauce?? Ya its kinda like that.
This dough is made out of almond flour, xanthan gum, egg, mozzarella cheese and cream cheese. Crazy right? I guess it’s a thing to make low carb bread with cheese, whoever happened upon this is a creative genius! First you put your dry ingredients in a bowl (the almond flour and xanthan gum) and then add 1 egg, or 2 if you are doubling the recipe. Use a fork or spoon to stir together until you have a thick paste/dough. Then set aside for the time being.
Next you will put your mozzarella cheese and cream cheese into a microwave safe bowl. Note, I lightly spray my bowl with non stick spray, as the melted cheese can get a bit sticky. Then place in microwave for apx. 1 ½ minutes, or until all cheese is melted. I doubled the recipe that is pictured below, and since there was more cheese I cooked for an extra 30 seconds. Once out of the microwave stir it all together. Stir baby stir!
Now you mix your almond flour dough with the melted cheese and start kneading! You want to do you best to have an even consistent dough, although I will say, in my attempts I have never gotten the dough to be completely one color, but I have gotten close! You could use a spatula or spoon to knead mix, but I feel I have better progress with my hands. So knead knead for a several minutes until you are happy with the consistency and color of your dough.
Then separate into 4 balls, or 8 if you doubled. On parchment paper begin to stretch and roll your dough, again I use my hands here, until you have a flattened even dough about 3-4 inches long and 2-3 inches wide. Now start filling! In the picture below I used pepperoni and mozzarella string cheese, but I in the past I have used shredded mozzarella cheese and even shredded cheddar. This is where you get to be creative! Mix it up! Put whatever toppings or cheese you want in there! You could do ham and cheddar, mushroom and sausage, Canadian bacon and pineapple, pepperoni and olives, or a veggie lovers, fill to your hearts content!
Now that those bad boys are filled, lightly egg wash them and top with desired seasoning. I love Lawry’s Garlic Salt on top of mine! Then pop them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. When you get them out of the oven you should have a beautiful golden crust with bubbly goodness in the center!
There you have it folks! A delicious and low carb pizza pocket! These are great for appetizers or as a meal! I like to double my batch and prepare enough to take for lunch during the busy work week. Pair them with a yummy salad and you have a balanced meal.
I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I would love to hear how it went for you if you give it a try!
As always, much love and God Bless!
LOW CARB PIZZA POCKET
Dough: (disclaimer :not my own original recipe)
3/4 cups of almond flour
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
2 eggs (one for dough, one for egg wash)
1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella
2 tbs of cream cheese
Whatever you want!
1/2 mozzarella string cheese
Mix almond flour and xanthan gum with 1 egg together until dough like. Meanwhile, place mozzarella cheese and cream cheese in microwave safe bowl and microwave for apx 1 1/2 minutes, make sure all cheese is melted. Stir your melted cheese and then add to your almond flour dough. Mix/knead for 3-5 minutes until you have a even and consistent dough. Separate into 4-6 balls and then flatten and roll to desired size on a parchment lined baking sheet. Then fill with whatever ingredients (cooked) that you desire! Close and seal the filling by bring the edges of dough together and on all edges. Once all your pockets are sealed, use the egg wash to lightly glaze the tops of the pockets. Lastly sprinkle seasoning or herbs of your choice on top. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Your pockets should be a beautiful golden brown! Bon Appetite!