Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

If you've ever spent anytime with me in the kitchen you know how I love to make homemade pizza!!! And I'm not talking about buying pre-made crust, throwing on some toppings, and whoa. I'm talking about the real thing that requires yeast, a rolling pin, and a few terrible tries at tossing a beautiful dough in the air haha
My family and I have been making the real thing since before I can remember. Above the oven in my momma's kitchen was painted "la pizza il mio cuore". Which roughly translates in English to "pizza my heart". So yes it's safe to say we love to make pizza. Lately, I've been on this healthy eating kick and pizza crust is not included. My mom told me about making mash potatoes with cauliflower so why not dough. 
It may sound so wrong, but it’s just so right: Cauliflower Crust Pizza. After a few bad experiments on my own I did as any good blogger would do and took to the Internet in search of a truly carb-less pizza recipe to share with all of you. And let me tell you, I found a goldmine! I found the recipe on Eat, Drink, Smile and love it!! The entire crust is only 434 calories, which is just insane. Usually a single slice of pizza will cost you 400 calories alone. With this cauliflower version, one serving is just 109 calories. Crazy… Anyway, I have posted the recipe for you below. I’d love to hear what you think about it after giving it a try…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients

2 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 egg, beaten
2 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon crushed garlic
½ teaspoon garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
pizza sauce, shredded cheese and choice of your toppings*
Instructions

To “rice” the Cauliflower: Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater).
Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a standard pizza pan.
Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven.
To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. 
*Note: Toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.
Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

Give this recipe a try and tell me what you think in the comments below!

Do you have a healthy pizza recipe? How do you satisfy your pizza cravings?



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