Well, I’ve made it past post #1. That’s a good first step right? Today, I’m going to share a recipe for Cauliflower Pizza. I spent time with a friend last week and she was telling about trying this recipe and how good it was. I’m all about cooking/food adventures and trying new things but was worried about the hubby’s reaction, so I decided to make one for lunch while he was a work. My 3 girls LOVED it! I loved it. It doesn’t leave you with a “full-gross” feeling like bread dough does on a regular pizza. Plus it’s better for you!
So last night for the second time in a week, I made one for the hubby! He missed the “crunch” (he has a thing about “crispy” things) but he did enjoy it. So here goes.
NOTE: I haven’t figured out how to make a recipe printable so if you are going to print this, copy and paste! Ignore the photography. I just broke out my iPhone for pics.
First I bought the steamer bag of cauliflower in the frozen food section. A head of cauliflower at my local Kroger was almost $4! Steamer bags were $1.29 (I used 2 for my pizza but I wanted a large and thicker one).
While the cauliflower was cooking in the microwave, I made my pizza sauce. This is the sauce that my mom made. It’s simple, cheap, good and healthy! It’s simply a can of tomato sauce, a few drops of Worcestershire, and some fresh oregano, basil and parsley ( can use dried Italian seasoning if you don’t have fresh). Mix together and let sit while everything else is being prepared. Cost >$1
Once your cauliflower is steamed, run it through your food processor or grate with a grater. You want the cauliflower to be rice-like and fine. The next step is kinda tough. You want to cauliflower to lose as much moisture as possible. Last week I squeezed it through a strainer. Last night I squeezed it through some cheesecloth…both methods came out about the same (strainer was cleaner) but next time I need to take out more. The more moisture you remove, the better (drier) the crust will be.
Add in your spices, cheeses and egg, mix it all together and form it into a pizza crust on a parchment lined pizza stone (or pan, cookie sheet…whatever you have).
While your crust is making..gather up your toppings. My hubby loves traditional pizza.
After your crust is browned around the edges and firm, add your toppings and heat through. Make sure cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sit on counter for a few minutes to set and dinner is done! Warning! This is a time consuming meal! It took me about 45 minutes from start to finish to complete….but totally worth it! Total cost! $6 more or less. Fed me, the hubby, and my toddler with 4 slices left over.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 2 1/2 cups grated or ground cauliflower (use cheese grater or food processor) *I cooked 2 bags.
- 1/2 t each of dried basil, oregano (or fresh if available)
- 1/4 C each of shredded Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese
- Salt to taste
- 1 egg (slightly beaten)
- Preheat oven to 425
- Steam cauliflower (I bought the steamer bag in frozen food section) Easy for cleanup also. When fully steamed, strain as much liquid out of the cauliflower as possible. You want it dry. Strain through a strainer, squeeze through a dry towel, let drain through paper towels.
- Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with a fork. Add spices and cheeses. Mix well and taste. Salt accordingly. Add egg and stir to blend completely.
- Press mixture out onto pizza stone, pan or cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray. Press out into 1/4 inch or slightly thicker. Keep mixture together and layer even.
- Cook in oven and bake until golden brown. It took mine about 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, add your toppings and cook through. Let rest a few minutes to set, slice and eat!
- Can of tomato sauce
- Herbs: I used basil, oregano and parsley. Could use dried Italian Seasoning as well.
- Few drops of Worcestershire sauce to taste
Mix and let sit while pizza crust is being prepared.