Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Another recipe that I will be making again: Cauliflower Crust Pizza! Have you tried it yet? I cannot believe how good this is. My kids ate it!!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!!! Kellen ate so much that I calculated his intake to be almost 1/3 of an entire cauliflower head. Muahhahaha-hahahaha! (my evil laugh comes out again)

1/2 large head of cauliflower
1 large egg
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or any other kind you prefer)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried minced garlic (or fresh)
1/2 tsp onion salt

1/2 cup Marinara sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup shredded cheese
whatever pizza toppings you want

Shred cauliflower using food processor or grater into small crumbles. If using processor, don't puree. You'll need about 2 cups of crumbles which is about a 1/2 head. Place the DRY crumbles in microwavable bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (dry!). Let it cool.

Prepare crust:
Preheat oven to 450F. Spray cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray. In medium bowl, mix cauliflower crumbles with remaining crust ingredients. Pat the "crust" into prepared pan in desired shape. Spray the crust lightly with cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn heat to broil.

Prepare pizza:
Spread the sauce on top of baked crust leaving 1/2 inch border around edge. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top. Add desired toppings and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Broil pizza for 3-4 minutes or until everything is melted and you can't wait any longer to shove this in your mouth.

*This was really easy to make. I used a grater to make crumbles of the cauliflower. I had difficulties with the crust sticking to the pan. Second time I made this, I put it on parchment paper and flipped it half way through the original 15 minute bake.

 Also, it never hardened or got crunchy enough to eat by hand, it was still a bit soft and needed to be eaten with a fork. It was fine with us, but hopefully there is a way to make this more "pizza-like". The flavor is incredible and I would prefer to have this kind of pizza for the health benefits any day. A whole head of cauliflower made two pizzas. 

We put mushrooms and blue cheese crumbles on our first one. The second one, pictured above, has goat cheese, mozzarella, chicken, basil leaves and a pesto sauce spread. The kids had cheese. Next time, I'm pureeing peas and putting it in the sauce. (Muha-ha-ha-ha-ha!)

I also ate some for leftovers the next day. Because the crust never hardened like normal crust, the microwave didn't change it's original consistency at all and it tasted exactly the same as when it was fresh. I did read someone put their cauliflower crumbles in a cheesecloth and squeezed out as much moisture as possible. I'll try this next time.

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