On my recent trip home, I was on a training run for an upcoming marathon and I got a great view of the crops that our beautiful valley is currently growing.
One crop that I saw consistently was cauliflower. I have only had cauliflower two ways: steamed or mashed, as a substitute for mashed potatoes.
During lunch, my friend and I began talking about how she had heard of using cauliflower as a pizza crust. This sparked my interest as I began to realize and see that this would be a great alternative to use for a starch free, low carb, gluten free diet. I have a few friends that are gluten free (no offense to them or their dietary restrictions) and their bread is just not as good as the real thing. This weekend I decided to try out the Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
The recipe is easy and very tasty!
1 small head of cauliflower
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup mozzarella cheese
½ tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried basil
½ tsp garlic powder
1). Cut off the florets of the cauliflower and pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. You should have 2-3 cups of the cauliflower “snow.” Place in a microwave safe dish and cover. Cook for 4 minutes in the microwave and then dump cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow cooling before attempting the next step.
2). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle put it back into a bowl. Add the cheese, oregano, basil, garlic powder and egg. Use your hands to mix it all together.
3). Once mixed together, use your hand to form the dough into a crust on an oiled parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly. You want the dough to be nice and tightly formed into a pizza crust shape.
4). Place the parchment paper on either a baking sheet or a preheated pizza stone. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven.
5). Add however much sauce, cheese and toppings you want. I made a margarita pizza with pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, and roma tomatoes. Place the pan back into the oven and broil until the cheese is melted and slightly bubbly.
6). Once the cheese is melted remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Now you are ready to slice it up and enjoy!
I thought that this recipe turned out great. It was very tasty and healthier than regular pizza crust. Definitely did not feel guilty eating this last night! So whether you are trying out a new diet, have dietary restrictions or just cutting back—I hope you get a chance to try out this Cauliflower Pizza Crust with some great locally grown cauliflower!