On Pinterest a couple months back I saw a recipe for a cauliflower pizza crust, maybe I am late but I thought this the coolest thing ever. I love pizza but I also love my waistline and I know daily consumption of this greasy goodness can be problematic. My troubles are gone with cauliflower I am even adding more veggies into my diet. The 1st time I tried it, it was good but it wasn’t as “pizza like” as I wanted it to be. Pinterest lied to me. Not quite but with some troubleshooting and tweaking (not to be confused with twerking but that works also) I achieved real pizza with cauliflower! Plus who doesn’t love pizza on Fridays.
Here is what you need
1 medium head of Cauliflower
1 whole egg
1 egg white (You don’t have to waste the egg yolk)
1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon of Dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon of Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoons of Garlic Power
Dash of salt
Random ingredient: A dash of South African Smoke from Trader Joe’s. It gives a deep flavor that I appreciate but if you don’t have it red pepper flakes will do.
*Note if you use the South African Smoke you really don’t need additional salt*
Picture via topoftheapple.com
Special Tools needed
I didn’t have cheesecloth so to keep up with my #OperationMacgyver New Year’s Resolution, I used CLEAN scrap fabric from an old curtain. Works like a charm. A dish towel even a clean sock works also but whatever you do don’t skip this step.
Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place a baking sheet in the oven. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil. Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Cut into small manageable pieces. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until powdery snow-esque. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook for 4 minutes. Once it is cool to touch put some of your “snow” into your cloth and squeeze ALL the water out! I worked in sections and even did it twice to get all the water out. Some recipes don’t stress the importance of this step. This will make or break your pizza. Water will make your pizza crumble.
This was the water that I was able to wring out of the cauliflower. #SheHulk
I love the “dough,” more than you know
Stir the cheese blends, seasonings, egg, into cauliflower until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; press and shape into a pizza crust.
Not too thick or thin.
Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes
Now for toppings!
You can add any toppings you want but I made Spinach Artichoke with Sun-dried Tomatoes. Yum!
It falls like pizza!
It folds like pizza!
What is your favorite pizza topping?
Bonus: I Love The Dough (Feat. Jay-Z and Angela Winbush) is from the second and final studio album, Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G., released March 25,1997 on Bad Boy Records.