Parmesan Pepperoni Crustless Pizza

If you bake a layer of Parmesan cheese in the oven it will crackle and pop after a while, turning into a crispy, cheese cracker that’s much tastier than any pizza crust I’ve encountered.

squares of Parmesan Pepperoni Crustless Pizza
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Crustless Frico Parmesan Peperoni Pizza
Servings: 4
Cost: $6.00
I topped this baked cheese crisp  (which is a popular dish called Frico in Italy) with pizza spices and toppings before sliding it into the oven. The results: crustless pizza! This dish is a fast & easy, low-carb, high protein way to enjoy pizza night anytime, and it travels well too. Recently, I took a batch on a flight. When I unwrapped my precious bag of “yellow gold” I’d stashed in my carry-on bag, my fellow passengers sniffed the air like dogs and stared at me jealously as the unmistakable aroma of baked cheese filled the cabin.
I used a cookie sheet covered with a Silpat so that the cheese slid right off. You can also cover your cookie sheet with parchment or foil.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat the oven to 475 degrees.
  • Line a 12x18" jelly roll pan or high-sided baking sheet with a Silpat, aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Cover with a layer of shredded Parmesan cheese. You should just barely see the bottom of the pan through the cheese. (See my photograph below.)
  • Sprinkle cheese with pizza flavored popcorn seasoning if you are using it.
  • Top with a layer of pepperoni. Feel free to experiment by adding/substituting your favorite pizza toppings.
  • Sprinkle on the fennel, pizza spice and crushed red pepper.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Monitor the progress carefully during the last few minutes. After the cheese starts to pop, it can burn quickly. You want the surface to have a nice lattice pattern and a golden brown color.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool to the touch before peeling from the foil or Silpat.
    Parmesan Pepperoni Crustless Pizza squares with herbs - veggie pepperoni.
  • Cut into pieces and enjoy!
  • Serves 4.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
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