Wednesday, July 30, 2014

take my word for it wednesday.. cauliflower crusted "pizza" is ahh-mayy-zing!

 
another wednesday and another day for you to take my word for it!! and this is where I ask you to overlook the funky photos.. this was the first time i had made this pizza and i hadn't planed on sharing it yet.. but it was so freaking good i couldn't wait.. i will be most definitely making this again and i will share with you better photos and other tips.. i work out of the home 36 miles away from my house and this was easy enough to whip it up after work and still eat at a decent time.. this is definitely going to be making it into the menu rotation!!
 

at first the texture is a little weird... but don't let that sway you.. 



you pop it into the oven and it comes out looking kinda like a boboli pizza crust.. 


you then top it with your favorite pizza toppings and stick it back in the oven..


it's seriously delish!! now some bloggers will lead you to believe it "tasted just like pizza" you can't tell difference, etc.. let me tell you that's not true.. it doesn't take "just like" pizza.. but it does taste pretty darn close but on it's own even not comparing it to pizza it's fanfrickentastic!!
 

cauliflower pizza crust

prep time: 15 minutes
cook time: 60 minutes
servings: 1 pizza

ingredients:

crust:

1 head {smallish} cauliflower
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
salt
1/2 tsp. crushed dried basil
1/2 tsp. crushed dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg {I doubled the recipe and used 1 egg and 1 egg white}

pizza toppings:

pizza sauce {i took a can of diced italian tomatoes in a non stick skillet and reduced it down until there was basically no liquid just a lovely thick sauce.. i cooked it over medium low heat for 30 minutes}
shredded mozzarella
pepperoni or anything else that strikes your fancy on a pizza

directions:

put your pizza stone in the oven on 500 degrees {f} and allow it to heat up for 30 minutes.. {if you don't have a pizza stone i have read that some folks stick a baking sheet in the oven at 450 degrees {f} to heat up.. but i recommend getting a pizza stone it always gives your pizza whether dough or cauliflower a crispier crust}.. wash and dry your cauliflower.. if you get a larger head of cauliflower just make 2 pizzas and increase the other ingredients.. cut off the florets and pulse them in your food processor for about 30-40 seconds.. it turns out like "snow".. put your snow in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 4 minutes.. pour the cooked cauliflower out on a dish/tea towel and allow to cool.  if you don't you will burn your hands and hop around the kitchen like a loon.. so once it's cooled wrap the towel around the cauliflower and wring like there is no tomorrow...  it will shock you how much water will come out, DO NOT SKIP this step if you do your crust will not get crispy.. once you've wrung it for all it's worth pour into a medium size mixing bowl.. add the remaining crust ingredients and combine well.. remove your "fough" from the bowl and put on a piece of parchment paper {you want your parchment paper to be about 6 inch bigger than your crust round} with your hands form into a ball then flatten out and form into a round crust.. about 1/2 inch thick.. then take each side of the parchment paper place it and the crust on the pizza stone.. bake for about 12-15 minutes..{you might want to remove the parchment paper half way through to prevent it catching on fire} you want your crust a golden brown.. remove from oven with a pizza peel.. now top your crust like any pizza.. a little sauce, some cheese.. some pepperoni.. then slide the pizza back onto the pizza stone and cook 5-7 minutes or until cheesy, melty goodness appears.. remove from oven and allow to cool 2-3 minutes then slice up and enjoy!! it really is good and the slices can be eaten just like a pizza they are "sturdy" enough..

 
enjoy and get cook'n!!

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