Monday, September 24, 2012

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Pizza is one of the very hardest foods for me to avoid. Seriously, what isn't great about pizza? The cheese, the carbs, the very way you hold it. Pizza = love.

I bookmarked this recipe for a cauliflower-crust pizza a while back and finally got around to making it over the weekend. And guess what? It looks like pizza! My mother-in-law took one bite, looked at me, and said, "Now, tell me exactly what is in this." I was afraid there was an offensive ingredient or something. Nope. It was a hit!

This is great for anyone following a low-carbohydrate diet, and I believe it may be gluten-free as well. It's vegetarian as directed below, but not vegan. You could of course add meat to it! I decreased the amount of cheese in the original recipe, but you could certainly ramp it back up for gooey deliciousness.

Roasted Veggie Cauliflower Crust Pizza
adapted from Eat. Drink. Smile.
(serves 4)

For Crust
2 cups cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded provolone cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt

To "Rice" the Cauliflower
1. Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain.
2. Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes.
3. One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower.

To Make the Pizza Crust
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups cauliflower, eggs and provolone. Add oregano and garlic salt, and stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out to about 1/2" thick.
3. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.

For Pizza Toppings
Pizza or pasta sauce
Parmesan cheese
1/2 can black olives, sliced
1 red pepper, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
Olive oil  
To Roast the Veggies
1. Coat sliced pepper and mushrooms with olive oil, and spread on a baking sheet. Roast while the pizza crust is baking.

To Assemble Pizza
1. To the crust, add sauce, roasted veggies and cover with Parmesan.
2. Return to oven until all toppings are heated and browned as desired, about 5 minutes.
3. Serve, and eat with forks!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i would have never tried this recipe so I am glad showed up when Kelly made it cause it is GREAT!!! seriosuly, I could not get over how good it was!! in fact, i am making this for dinner tonight!!...........from Joyce