Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Sometimes we get in a rut and make the same meals over and over. So in an attempt to make something I know we both love (pizza) but make it a little healthier and feel like a new recipe at the same time, I tried making a cauliflower pizza crust!

I'm sure there are hundreds of different ways to do this, but I used this recipe from The Lucky Penny Blog since it didn't call for any weird ingredients or fancy equipment:

To avoid rewriting her process, here are the basic steps to make this - it's super simple:
  • put a head of cauliflower (chopped without too much stem) in the food processor to make pieces the size of rice
  • cover and microwave the cauliflower rice for fish minutes and then dump out onto a thin tea towel or cheese cloth; let it cool for a few minutes so you don't burn yourself on the next step (not that I know it burns from personal experience)
  • wring all the water out of the cauliflower inside the towel; do this over the sink since you don't need any of the liquid
  • dump it into a bowl and add the other ingredients; stir with your hands to get it all mixed together
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp basil
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
    • a few shakes of crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
    • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
    • 1 egg
  • use your hands to form it into a crust on your parchment paper lined pizza pan/stone
  • press to make it firm and make sure it is an even layer - not too thin or too thick
  • bake for 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees
  • add whatever sauce/toppings/cheese you like and put it back in the oven until the cheese is melted and golden on the edges
Dave was skeptical of this recipe because he doesn't like cauliflower. I made sure he had other dinner options this night in case he hated it, but he liked it! I think I could have baked the crust a little longer to make it more crisp, but it did firm up a bit as it cooled. I'll play around with the times when I make it again.

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