Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Grain-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I <3 pizza... it's definitely one of my guilty pleasures. Amy and I had been wanting to try a grain-free, cauliflower pizza crust for awhile now... and with Valentine's Day right around the corner, a heart-shaped pizza was definitely a must! Seriously, how cute is this pizza?!


I wasn't sure what to expect from this cauliflower pizza crust recipe from The Lucky Penny Blog that I found on Pinterest, but it claimed to be "the best" so I decided to give it a try.


Ok, cauliflower pizza crust is super easy to make... and tastes absolutely DELICIOUS!!! You don't even miss the regular, doughy pizza crust. I am pretty sure I will be making all my pizzas with a cauliflower crust from now on... it's SO GOOD! Now I can feel better about indulging in pizza more often...

Grain-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza
recipe from www.theluckypennyblog.com
makes one approx. 10-12 inch pizza

Ingredients:
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
dash of crushed red pepper, optional
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup 2% mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 egg
Desired amount of sauce, cheese for topping, and other toppings.

Directions:
Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil.

Wash and thoroughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Cut off the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups of cauliflower "snow".


Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Pour cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.

Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring all excess water out of it. (This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess)

Pour wringed out cauliflower into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and a dash of red pepper, optional.


Add your egg and mix well. Hands tend to work best. 

Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don't make it too thick or thin either.


Using a cutting board slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 - 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.


Add pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings!!



Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.


Allow it to cool for a minute or two. Then using a pizza cutter and a spatula serve up your delicious grain-free cauliflower crust pizza!

YUM, YUM, YUM.....

I probably could have eaten that whole pizza myself, seriously. I can't wait to have this cauliflower pizza crust again! I wouldn't change a thing... except maybe make a double batch next time. ;)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Xoxo,
Janel

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