So for July I decided to try and hop on this cauliflower wave. I tired cauliflower for the first time and it seemed decent so I figured I would try one of these cauliflower recipes that I see popping up online all the time. I decided to make cauliflower pizza. I feel like when you cover anything super healthy with cheese and sauce, even the worst things become better right?
One would think!
So my first comments about this whole cauliflower thing… I didn’t know it was so messy! As I was cutting it up the stuff was going EVERYWHERE.
And then after putting it in the food processor it was in these tiny little chunks. I thought Zucchini noodles were watery but this brought my concept of watery to a whole new level. It felt next to impossible to dry it out. I tried a dish towel, napkins, squeezing it through a strainer, paper towels. Nothing seemed to help. Eventually I gave up and decided to just bake it because I just didn’t know what else to do lol.
So I put the rest of the ingredients in, baked it, and….it smelled delicious! I was so excited. I put on my sauce and cheese, baked it some more and then I was ready to go. I cut it up, bit into it and…..
I asked myself what could possibly possess me to create this and put it in my body? Lol okay I’m being dramatic. It wasn’t that bad. Just maybe not my cup of tea. Probably because it needed to be dried more or baked longer. I made it through about half of the pizza and then just couldn’t continue so I pulled the sauce and cheese off and put it on a few whole grain saltine crackers and that was that.
I think I might possibly like professionally made cauliflower pizza, or like if I bought the dough remade or something but I came to realize that maybe this wasn’t for me lol I might give it a second try now that I’ve learned a little more about the process but we will see. I might try something like cauliflower fried rice or mashed “potatoes” first before I try this again.
If anyone has tips on how to make this more successfully I would love to hear them!
Here’s the recipe I used:
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST RECIPE
- 1 cup riced, then cooked cauliflower
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp italian seasonings
- 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (for topping)
- pizza sauce & additional toppings of your choice
1. To rice the cauliflower, cut florets into chunks and pulse in a food processor until you see rice-like bits. You could also use a cheese grater to produce the tiny pieces. Do not over process, you don’t want mush.
2. Microwave the riced cauliflower in a bowl for 5-8 minutes depending on your microwave. No need to add water. After microwaving, transfer riced cauliflower to a fine mesh strainer and drain completely, gently pressing out excess water. Once drained, transfer riced cauliflower to a clean dish towel and wrap the sides around the cauliflower while gently pressing out excess water. This drying process is important!
3. One large head of cauliflower will yield about 3 cups of riced cauliflower. Use it to make more pizzas immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup riced, cooked cauliflower, 1 egg and your parmesan cheese. Next, add Italian seasonings, crushed garlic and salt. Making sure everything is well mixed, place your “dough” on the cookie sheet and pat out a 9″ round. Be sure not to press it too thin as it’s easy to create holes.
5. Bake your dough at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
6. Remove from oven. Add sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pre-cooked toppings to your pizza. Place pizza under broiler just until cheese is melted, be sure to keep an eye on it!
I hope you enjoy this wonderful cauliflower pizza crust recipe!
RECIPE JUST SLIGHTLY ADAPTED FROM EAT. DRINK. SMILE.