Cauliflower Crust Pizza - have you tried?

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Posted: 21 Feb 2012, 14:32

I found this recipe recently and made it 3 times. Love it, it takes away my cravings for pizza. Basically, the crust is "riced" cauliflower cooked in the microwave for 8 minutes, then mixed with shredded cheese, one egg and some spices, then baked in the oven.

It is not exactly like pizza, but with the toppings it is pretty close. I used pesto, shredded chicken, goat cheese, roasted red peppers...

Here is the recipe, and the link to the website from which I got the recipe.




Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Serves 2; Adapted from Your Lighter Side.

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)

pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*


Directions:

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 9" round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
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fuzed2lose

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Posted: 21 Feb 2012, 15:14
That sounds soooo good. I may have to try!
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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 08:44

fuzed, let me know how it turns out. I love it, and it has become a Friday night tradition now!

If you click on the link - there are some nice and helpful pics.

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fawkesmom

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 09:05
That sounds yummy, I may have to try that. The other thing I've done is to make eggplant crust pizza. I like it because it's really quick to make. I basically take slices of eggplant and bake them then put tomato sauce and cheese on top and stick it back in the oven. If you are just making it for one person then using the toaster oven works.
RaelenePA

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 09:31
I make this cauliflower crust all the time!! I also make it and cut it like breadsticks for a snack!!

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Leslie P

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 10:03
SO excited about this post. We do "family movie night" on fridays and this week my kids want pizza. (I haven't ordered it in ages b/c of ME) But I already have a head of cauliflower in my fridge. So I can order them their pizza and make this version for me. And, keeping fingers crossed, after they try mine it might be a new tradition for them too! Thank you for sharing!!
Rick Scott

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 13:09
My wife is on a gluton-free diet so I never get to eat p[izza so this would be a great option.
bankergal

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 14:36
Do you have the nutritional value for the pizza?
Bodicea

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Posted: 22 Feb 2012, 21:58
@New to BB - I cannot wait to try this - if it's even good as half of all the reviewers on the site say, it should be great. Have you experimented with making it like a "doughnut" and shaping it so there is a space in the middle? Just wondering if that would truly help crisp-up the edges, rather than have the soft middle...?

@bankergal - to get the NI of the "pizza" you'd have to enter the crust ingredients AND the toppings into your cookbook. Since the toppings can be varied, you're probably better off figuring it out for how you would make it. :- ) Joyce
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rockytu

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Posted: 23 Feb 2012, 06:05
sounds wonderful.we all miss pizza.i am going to store to get ingrediants!thanks
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JessWhatINee...

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Posted: 16 Mar 2012, 15:41
I've riced cauliflower before to use as "rice" in casseroles. But this sounds like a great idea for me to try next. Not everyone likes the taste of cauliflower, but I don't mind it. And with enough toppings you could evne tell I bet.
Karam25

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Posted: 28 Jul 2012, 01:05
Hmm, this pizza's a bit interesting to try. Told my mom about this and she said it's a great idea for the weekend. This is more fun than spending my entire weekend studying my lessons in internal medicine. I'm excited! Smile



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