Monday, July 21, 2014

Pizza for Dinner

Gluten free pizza crust is delicious, but what about grain-free pizza crust? I've read a lot about the awesome-ness of Cauliflower crust, and after trying it, I've decided it's worth the hype. Although not exactly like a crispy, thin-crust pizza, this version (adapted from a recipe on the Lucky Penny Blog) is low in calories and totally yummy.

What You'll Need:
1 large head of cauliflower
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan (plus extra for topping!)
1/4 cup mozzarella
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Crushed red pepper flakes (to taste... I like a LOT!)
1 egg
Pizza sauce/ toppings of your choice 

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with a non-stick spray. 
  2. After washing and drying the cauliflower, use a box grater to finely grate it. 
  3. Put the grated cauliflower in a bowl and microwave for about 6 minutes. 
  4. Allow the cauliflower to cool, then put it in a dish towel (a clean one!) and ring out the extra moisture. This is VERY important and the key to making good crust. 
  5. Put the grated cauliflower in bowl and add the parmesan, mozzarella, salt, basil, oregano, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine, then add the egg and mix it all together. It's easiest if you use your hands. 
  6. Put your dough onto your prepared baking sheet with parchment and press it into a crust shape. Circle or square will work, just make sure it's not too thin- you shouldn't be able to see the pan!
  7. Bake the crust for about 8-10 minutes until it starts to get golden.
  8. Remove the pizza crust and top with your favorite sauce and toppings. I used a homemade tomato sauce that I and in the fridge, some mozzarella, a little parmesan, and sliced cherry tomatoes. 
  9. Bake the pizza for just a little bit longer, until the cheese is melty and perfect. If the cheese isn't getting brown and bubbly enough, here's a tip: Use the broiler! Just keep an eye on it so that it doesn't burn. 
  10. Remove the pizza and garnish as you wish. I sprinkled some fresh basil on mine, along with more red pepper! Make sure to let the pizza cool for at least 5 min before digging in. It's hard to wait, but it will allow the crust to set. Enjoy!

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