Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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Hey hey heyyy…happy Monndaaayyy! (We’re talking Cauliflower Pizza Crust today – read on!).

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So today is basically just an extension of the weekend for me as we have yet another snow day due to the extreme cold (my handy dandy weather app says it feels like -31 out – yikes!). And I just got a message that tomorrow is canceled too. This is insane! I have never ever in my life experienced such intense cold. Looks like we will be adding a few days to the end of the school year…

On a positive note, this past weekend we went to the Gopher hockey game at the Xcel Center. I hadn’t been to a Wild game in a few years, or to a Gopher hockey game in what felt like forever. It brought back good memories being so close to the action.

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M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A! Minnesota, Minnesota, yayyyy Gophers! 

I grew up around hockey (but then, who didn’t in the state of hockey?!). We would flood our backyard in the winter to skate on growing up, and in high school I would play pickup after school upwards of 5 days a week. My cousins all played for a nearby high school, and we would go to their house often to play in their backyard (complete with hanging lights and boards – yes, they were diehards!). I have yet to skate this winter, and am just dying to get out and skate here soon. If only the weather would just get a little warmer!

On Friday night, the fiancé and I also decided we would challenge ourselves to not eat out for an ENTIRE 4 weeks before we leave for Mexico. Part of that is because a) it’s healthier b) it’s cheaper and c) it will be interesting to see if we can actually do it! So what does this mean besides a) being healthier and b) saving money? C) We will be cooking much more often!

Today we’re making a White Bean Chicken Chili. It’s a perfect (think frozen tundra perfect!) day for some warm delicious soup. :)

And last week, we made this Cauliflower Pizza Crust. The fiancé was quite skeptical (as was I, quite honestly) about using cauliflower for pizza crust. However, after consuming a slice, he stated that this was THE BEST thing I’ve ever made him. The best?! Yes, the best.

I mean, it was pretty good. And by pretty, I mean really. Really really good.

So why cauliflower? Well besides being gluten-free, it’s another great way to increase your vegetable intake. Yum yum veggies. :)

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients:

1 head organic cauliflower, cut into small florets (or a small-medium sized if using conventional)

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

1 TBSP fresh oregano leaves, cut with shears (or scissors) into small pieces (or 1/2 TBSP dried)

1 TBSP fresh basil leaves, cut with shears (or scissors) into small pieces (or 1/2 TBSP dried)

1 garlic clove, pressed or minced (or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder)

pinch salt and pepper, to season

red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.

2) Process cauliflower in food processor (or blender), working in batches. You want a nice snow-like texture.

3) Place approximately 1-inch water in saucepan, and bring to a boil. Boil cauliflower “snow” for 3-4 minutes. Be sure to scrape down the sides and not let it boil over!

4) Drain “snow” in fine-mesh strainer (don’t use a regular strainer or it will all strain through!). Place in clean dishtowel and let cool for a few minutes before wrapping up and squeezing excess water out. This is important in order to have a crust that sticks together and isn’t soggy!

5) Place drained cauliflower in large mixing bowl and mix in cheese, egg, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper. You want everything thoroughly mixed (hands work best for this!).

6) Roll out dough on baking sheet (lined with parchment). Should be about 1/3 inch thick. Make sure not to thin it out too much. Also, can leave the edges thicker for traditional “crust”.

7) Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust has turned a light golden brown. Remove from oven.

8) Add your favorite toppings! Ours had a mixture of an olive oil/butter sauce, sliced tomatoes, sliced chorizo sausage, and grated mozzerella cheese.

9) Place pizza back in oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until toppings are heated through and cheese in nice and bubbly!

10) Top with any additional toppings (we topped ours with arugula tossed in leftover oil/butter) and serve. Enjoy!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Serves: 2
 
A delicious grain-free pizza crust!
Ingredients
  • 1 head organic cauliflower, cut into small florets (or use a small sized one if using conventional)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 TBSP fresh oregano leaves, cut with shears (or scissors) into small pieces (or ½ TBSP dried)
  • 1 TBSP fresh basil leaves, cut with shears (or scissors) into small pieces (or ½ TBSP dried)
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced (or ½ tsp. garlic powder)
  • pinch salt and pepper, to season
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place parchment paper on baking sheet.
  2. Process cauliflower in food processor (or blender), working in batches. You want a nice snow-like texture.
  3. Place approximately 1-inch water in saucepan, and bring to a boil. Boil cauliflower "snow" for 3-4 minutes. Be sure to scrape down the sides and not let it boil over!
  4. Drain "snow" in fine-mesh strainer (don't use a regular strainer or it will all strain through!). Place in clean dishtowel and let cool for a few minutes before wrapping up and squeezing excess water out. This is important in order to have a crust that sticks together and isn't soggy!
  5. Place drained cauliflower in large mixing bowl and mix in cheese, egg, oregano, garlic, and salt and pepper. You want everything thoroughly mixed (hands work best for this!).
  6. Roll out dough on baking sheet (lined with parchment). Should be about ⅓ inch thick. Make sure not to thin it out too much. Also, can leave the edges thicker for traditional "crust".
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until crust has turned a light golden brown. Remove from oven.
  8. Add your favorite toppings! Ours had a mixture of an olive oil/butter sauce, sliced tomatoes, sliced chorizo sausage, and grated mozzerella cheese.
  9. Place pizza back in oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until toppings are heated through and cheese in nice and bubbly!
  10. Top with any additional toppings (we topped ours with arugula tossed in leftover oil/butter) and serve. Enjoy!