Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I have been hearing about cauliflower crust pizza for a long time.  My sister, Glenna, made a great-looking pizza for the Super Bowl using a cauliflower crust.  Below is a photo of her pizza.  (To make it yeast-free, just leave off the mushrooms).

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Glenna used the recipe from this video from popsugar.com to make the crust.  
Here is the link:
Cauliflower Crust Pizza  
The video is  quite entertaining and informative.  The popsugar website gives Paula Deen credit for this recipe.  Here is the recipe for the cauliflower crust pizza with the substitutions I made to keep it yeast-free.

INGREDIENTS

Nonstick spray
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya mozzarella style shreds)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese (I used Go Veggie! dairy free grated parmesan cheese)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup tomato sauce (I used Pappy Fred's Old Style Pizza Sauce--gluten free, no sugar added)
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Fresh basil leaves, optional

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (I used a pizza stone), and preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Mix in the egg, one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan.  Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.  (This step is really important.  The crust must be baked before putting any ingredients on it.  The spray makes it crispy.)
  4. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
Of course, you can add whatever toppings you would like.  My pizza had Daiya mozzarella style shreds, rotisserie chicken, onions, and cherry tomatoes as toppings.  
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
I hope you enjoy making pizzas using a cauliflower crust!

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