As a newbie to the food blogging world I’m not at all surprised at how much I learn every time I sit down to my laptop and read. I have a stack of scrap paper by my computer where I jot down notes, recipe ideas, and sites I want to revisit. I guess you could say it’s my kitchen table Pinterest board. Over the weekend I made the most amazing discovery… Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
Apparently this is old news in the blogging world, but in my house this is the greatest discovery since sliced bread (or traditional pizza crust). You see, in an attempt at low-carb eating, we’ve been making cauliflower mashed regularly, thought we invented cauliflower rice, and have even perfected cauliflower grits. However the closest we’ve come to pizza crust is using the highest fiber, lowest carb tortillas we can find and frankly cardboard may have equal taste and more fiber.
I was a little bit giddy about the thought of having pizza while watching Monday Night Football…we made two: Buffalo Wing and Hawaiian with Canadian bacon and pineapple.
STOP right there….first attempt fail….well, maybe not fail but certainly not pretty like the ones I’ve seen on multiple other sites. We cooked the first crust on a foil lined baking sheet coated with olive oil. The crust stuck to the foil and never really got done in the center. So for the second crust we tried a skillet coated with cooking spray….better. Are there any leftovers? No. I can safely share with you that they were very tasty and I AM going to revisit this recipe….possibly for lunch :)
Flash forward to lunch today….
What I did differently was to squeeze the cooked cauliflower between paper towels to remove any excess moisture before mixing it with the other crust ingredients. I also paid closer attention to the overall thickness of the crust…working it in to a larger, thinner circle of uniform thickness. And lastly I baked the crust on a cookie sheet coated with cooking spray…..once done it was easily transferred to my pizza stone for topping.
Also brought leftovers in to the office and within minutes of reheating I believe the comment I overheard was….”it smells like an Italian pizzeria in here.” Everyone who sampled loved it!
Cauliflower Crust PIzza
- 1 1/2 cups cauliflower fine chopped
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. garlic minced
- Cooking Spray
- Favorite pizza sauce toppings, and cheeses
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Cut cauliflower into smaller pieces, then chop fine in food processor.
- Microwave cauliflower for 5-7 minutes until tender (no water needed), then let cool slightly.
- Press cauliflower between paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
- Mix cauliflower with remaining ingredients to make dough.
- Coat pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Form mixture into 9″-10″ circle on pan.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until crispy brown.
- Loosen crust with spatula, then top with favorite pizza sauce, toppings, and cheeses. Broil pizza just until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
For flavor variations – change up the herbs and even the cheese used in the crust.
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