If I were to eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would probably be pizza. Not because pizza is so damn delicious, but because you can do so much with it. There are so many possibilities – thai pizza, mexican pizza, greek pizza, buffalo chicken pizza, veggie pizza, meaty pizza…I could go on and on and on. I even had gyro pizza once, and it was phenomenal.
Then there’s the crust. Thin crust, thick crust, flatbread, chicago style, deep dish, STUFFED CRUST! SO.MANY.CHOICES.
But wait…Cauliflower crust?!? Seems immoral. Not okay. But at the same time, you realize you are instantly intrigued. Pizza that is…somewhat healthy? Practically guilt-free? A vegetable crust? No way. You just have to try it for yourself.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Recipe from Eat.Drink.Smile.
Serves 2-4 (depends on if you want leftovers!)
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, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings
To “Rice” the Cauliflower:
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. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you may need to reduce this cooking time). There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).
*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.