Cauliflower as a pizza crust? You’ve got the be joking. At least that’s what I thought about using cauliflower as a substitute for anything, until I had mashed cauliflower as a replacement for potatoes. With the skeptic thrown aside, I knew I had to try this crust. With a few tips from Molly at Duchess of Fork, I think this crust came out surprisingly well. Although nothing can compare to the real deal pizza crust, I enjoyed this alternative. It resembles a very thin pizza crust, which I do enjoy, but I know some prefer thicker style in which case this crust may not be not for you.
The most important part is to wring out the excess water from the riced cauliflower (or cook in microwave for 8 minutes). Otherwise the crust will be too soggy. Also, if you’re like me and do not have a ricer, a food processor (or even a cheese grater) works just fine. Just be sure to not over process it! A few quick pulses is all it should take.
Before I give you the recipe, I am going to share my third and final description of what “good living” means to me for FAGE Total’s giveaway. What enriches my life the most is spending time with people I care about. And this act tends to coincide with the sharing of great food! It’s no wonder that when I get together with family and/or friends from out-of-town, our visits seem to revolve around what/where we are going to eat. But my favorite is cooking together – I have always loved cooking along side of someone, even just helping when I was a child.
Unfortunately these days living alone doesn’t allow much of that (unless I want to bake cat-treats all the time). However, along with the winter holidays quickly approaching comes a trip home to see some of my family and friends. And I guarantee there will be plenty of cooking, sharing and gathering around food to be had while spending some good ol’ quality time together – the best part of going home for the holidays!
Just a quick side-note… I found out the other day that my hometown of Rochester, NY was determined to be the second snowiest city. Rock on ROC! I now have high expectations for my return home for Christmas. Come on lake effect snow, don’t let me down!
One year ago: Homemade Applesauce
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
Makes 1 crust
2 cups riced cauliflower (about 1/2 a large head)
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 egg, beaten
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
Desired pizza toppings
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat generously with non-stick cooking spray.
- Place cauliflower in a large microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. Allow to cool, then squeeze out excess liquid using a colander and paper towels.
- Combine cauliflower and remaining ingredients back in the bowl and stir until combined. Put dough on prepared pan and press firmly down into the pan, evenly towards the edges. Lightly coat top of crust with non-stick cooking spray.
- Bake crust at 400 for 15 minutes. Remove crust from oven and top with your favorite toppings. Bake pizza for another 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE. You too can enter to win one of three trips to Greece by entering the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway here: http://www.fageusa.com/community/fage-greek-getaway