Monday, January 30, 2012

cauliflower crust pizza

Where do the weekends go?  It was a blustery, cold snowy wintery one here; which meant a lot of time was spent indoors.  In between the usual cleaning, laundry, running errands and what ever else seems to consume my time on weekends, I made this for dinner.  Pizza is definitely in my top five fave foods to eat.   I saw this recipe on Pinterest last week and thought the timing was especially fitting given the low-carb plan I'm on right now.  

Mike and I are both pretty particular about our pizza crust.  Nothing beats a thin, almost cracker like crispy crust versus a doughy, bread like crust.  I wasn't expecting this to taste at all like regular pizza crust and well, it didn't.  But it also didn't disappoint.  I certainly need to tweak a few things, like squeezing out the excess water in the cauliflower to avoid soggy crust.  Overall the taste was delicious and savory and something we'll definitely be making again.  Soon.

cauliflower crust pizza

1.5 cups cooked, shredded cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or any other cheese)
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)

san marzano tomatoes for the sauce, oregano, olive oil
shredded mozzerella cheese
green pepper

Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. You can use the food processor if you'd like, but you just want crumbles, not puree. You'll need a total of 1 1/2 cups of cauliflower crumbles (which is about half a large head of cauliflower. Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes  Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface).
In a medium bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups cauliflower crumbles with the remaining crust ingredients. Pat the "crust" into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.  (I will bake longer next time for a crispier crust)

Spread the sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top. Add the toppings, spreading it out around the pizza. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes,or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Cut into slices and serve immediately.

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