Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Yep I'm totally serious and it's absolutely fantastic.  

Okay so bear with me.

I first heard of this idea from a friend (thanks Jaclyn!!) and was very intrigued.  And then what do you know, someone has pinned a recipe on Pinterest for the exact same thing.  It must be meant to be.

Now you need to know some thing about cauliflower.  Cauliflower takes on whatever taste you give it.  Many foods are this way.  They are so mild tasting that whatever you combine with it, that is what it is going to taste like.  And as long as you are okay with the texture you should totally be fine.

Now we try a lot of different things at our house.  I am constantly cooking new things so we are quite open to new recipes.  The kids were very leery of this so I did make them their own "normal" pizza but as we sat down to dinner, the hubs took one look at my pizza and asked if he could have a bite.  He said that he liked it way better than even the normal  kind.  And I loved it.  Absolutely loved it.  I immediately called my mom to tell her how fabulous it was and have been telling my friends ever since.

So don't be afraid.  Give it a try and let me know.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

*Note: this makes a small pizza, about 8 inches across.

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Olive oil (optional)
Pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Other additional toppings of your choice

1. Rice cauliflower using the food processor's shredder blade. Alternatively, you can grate the
cauliflower with a cheese grater, but the food processor will work much better.  Place the riced cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/4 cup water, and microwave for 6-8 minutes, stirring half-way through.  Remove and let sit for 5 minutes.

2. To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 450°F. Generously grease a pizza pan or
cookie sheet with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the cauliflower, mozzarella cheese and egg, stir until
well incorporated. Add oregano, garlic, and garlic salt. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and
shape into a 8-inch circle. Brush the crust with olive oil to help it brown in the oven.

4. Baked for 15 minutes, until the crust is browned and cooked through the
middle.  Remove the crust from the oven, add your sauce and toppings. Place under a broiler at high
heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (About 3-4 minutes).  Allow the pizza to cool slightly, then cut into small slices and serve.  Enjoy!

Source: A Happy Hippy Mom
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