Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Cauliflower pizza crust.  This seems to be the hot new recipe out there lately.  A gluten free, low calorie swap out for your traditional pizza dough.  Originally…when I heard of this, I wasn’t too sure it was a good idea.  I saw so many recipes with it, I figured there had to be something to it.  But turning cauliflower into a pizza crust?  How is that possible?  Can it actually work?  And does that even taste good? cauliflower pizza crust, gluten free pizza, pizza crust, vegetarian pizza, vegan pizza crust, vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes

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Well people… I made it.  Tried it.  Annnnd Dario and I ate the whole thing!  Yes!  The whole entire pizza.  Gone.  It was so good!   The crust takes on the flavors of all the seasonings and after a good bake in the oven actually gets crispy!  No limp, soggy crust at all.  You can even hold a piece without it bending in the middle.  Even regular pizza doesn’t do that.  I still can’t believe it – a healthy, super low calorie pizza.  But it’s totally possible!

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cauliflower pizza crust, gluten free pizza, pizza crust, vegetarian pizza, vegan pizza crust, vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes Now, I’ve made this miracle pizza a few times.  And of course learned some things along the way – helping me figure out exactly what I need to do to make the perfect crust.  To ensure your cauliflower pizza comes out perfectly make sure you:

  • Get a small head of cauliflower – it’s easier to work with and is the perfect size for a personal pizza.
  • Cook the cauliflower all the way through – it’s somewhat difficult to tell if the cauliflower is done or not.  So try a bite and make sure each piece is tender.
  • Squeeze out every last drop of water – as you’ll see in the recipe below, you’ll need to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower.  If you don’t get every last bit out, the crust will be soggy.  Not a good thing!

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cauliflower pizza crust, gluten free pizza, pizza crust, vegetarian pizza, vegan pizza crust, vegetarian recipes, vegan recipes I’m so excited for this absolute genius idea of a recipe.  Although I didn’t come up with the idea (though I wish I did!), I’m more than happy to take my own spin on it!  And of course, start whipping it up on a weekly basis.  As you should too!  Even if you’re skeptical, you just gotta give it a try.  Just once!  You’ll be hooked…and totally amazed that this actually works!

Herbed Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Place the cauliflower in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until all the cauliflower is processed so that it looks like snow or couscous.
  3. Put processed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Taste cauliflower to make sure it’s tender and thoroughly cooked.
  4. Place the cooked cauliflower in a clean dish towel.  Squeeze the cauliflower forcing the water to drip out.  This will take a little muscle, but keep squeezing until all of the water is out and cauliflower is very dry and clumps together.
  5. Mix the egg, cheese, salt, pepper and oregano with the drained cauliflower.  Mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Form the cauliflower mixture into a ball.  Spray a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Press the cauliflower mixture into a circular crust about 1/4″ thick.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown on the sides and top.
  8. Remove from oven and top with sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings!  Bake for another 3-5 minutes or until toppings are warmed through and cheese is melted!

 

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