The vote for this last week’s Pinterest Challenge was for the Cauliflower Pizza Crust, which happens to be Gluten Free, inspired by Eat.Drink.Smile. This was AMAZING! For being Gluten free and pretty darn healthy (minus the cheese only), I was completely surprised. Sure the texture is different than bread, but it’s not bad. It totally helps that you mix the cauliflower with mozzarella cheese. The people was also much simpler to make than I had imagined. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis, so I can cut my calories and feel better about what I’m eating. The next time I make it, I’m going to try some different toppings that my oldest would enjoy, to see if I can get him to switch over (I think he has a Gluten intolerance). I’ll let you know what he thinks!
Now for the recipe:
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
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
Ricing the Cauliflower:
Take your head of cauliflower and remove the stem and leaves. Shop florets into chunks. Place chunks into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower looks like grain. Do not over mix, or it will puree. Cauliflower can be grated if you do not have a food processor. You will only actually be using one cup (this yields about 3), so you don’t have to chop it all if you aren’t prepared to make some extra crusts.
Place riced cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. Do not add anything here!
Making the Pizza Crust:
Preheat the oven to 450°, and spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, mix together cauliflower, mozzarella cheese and egg. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir..
Transfer mixture to the cookie sheet and press out to about a 9″ round. This is a lot easier than you might think. Now you can brush the surface with olive oil if you would like – for help with browning. I did this.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and top with pizza sauce and toppings, then with the cheese. Depending on the toppings you use, you may want to precook them, since this is just a broil. I precooked the onions, but that was it.
Place pizza until the broiler and cook just until the cheese is melted. I probably left mine in a tad long, but you couldn’t tell by the test. I did take my pizza cutter and trimmed the edges, which looked a tad burnt, and it was DELISH!
In case you aren’t familiar with the Pinterest Challenge, each Thursday I have my readers leave a comment on this post, with a link to a pin on Pinterest, nominating that project or recipe for that week’s challenge. Then on Friday I have a vote with my top three favorite nominations. I then have until the next Thursday to post my challenge.
Now I need you all to leave a comment on this blog post with a recommendation/nomination for my next project or recipe. Jjust be sure to include a link to the pin. The more nominations, the more we have to vote on. Vote will be held tomorrow morning!