Absolutely Delicious PIZZA for only 1 Carb a piece! It’s possible thanks to Cauliflower!
I wouldn’t have thought it possible, which is why I probably put off making it for so long, but alas…Cauliflower Pizza Crust! Blowing my mind…
So much has happened in these last couple months that I take some solace in just getting back into the kitchen and getting to work 🙂 March 10th we left South Dakota and headed back to California, my husband’s home sweet home. About 3 weeks ago we moved into our new home. I’ll admit we’ve become somewhat “professional movers”. 7 moves in the last 10 years, I think we qualify. I love change. I don’t think I could survive without it. Now I know this makes certain people very uncomfortable, especially my older brother, who also happens to be a CPA. Coincidence, I think not. He’s very by-the-book (and I love that about him), but I’m the bipolar opposite. I almost always outside the box, which is how this blog came to exist. My daughter’s diagnosis forced me to see food that way…and I’m blessed for it.
All that being said, my priority when moving in was to get the kitchen set up and ready. This is no small feat. I don’t think that beds were even set up before the kitchen was nearly complete. At this exact moment I can say that the house is about 85% done…potted garden done, pantry neatly organized and labeled with all my 101 different gluten free flours, everything in it’s place, almost. Next on the list was to check out the local farmers markets, and man did we hit the jack pot. I could go on for a while, but long story short, this farmers market is the Disneyland for adults, if you are an adult who loves a good bargain and also happens to enjoy cooking with raw food. Fruits and veges galore and all for insanely cheap prices!!
All this leads up to the purchase of my first two heads of cauliflower that produced some of the most delicious and “Guilt Free” pizza I’ve ever eaten. But the absolute best part…my daughter can have 4 pieces before I even have to think about giving her a bolus (for those of you who are not diabetic…that’s her insulin). At only around 1-2 carbs a piece, it’s delicious and, yes I’m going to say it…Good for You!
I’ve come across a lot of these recipes. But I finally decided to take a crack at it with YourLighterSide. My first go round didn’t knock it outta the park, but it still tasted really good and didn’t last long at all. I just thought the crust could be firmer and a little crisper. Now, don’t go expecting a replica of your normal pizza crust here. It does retain some moisture and it’s not doughy or “deep dish” like. But if you can keep an open mind and are interested more in the flavor, not to mention the health benefits, then this is the way to go.
So let’s get down to it…
Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
- 1 large head (approximately 1 lb) of Cauliflower
- 1 1/2-2 cups cheese (pepperjack, parmesan, mozzarella, etc)
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a microwave safe bowl, place cauliflower head in bowl and cover…no water, nothing. Microwave for 5-6 minutes. Drain excess water and allow to cool completely. Using a food processor and/or and cheese grater, pulse or grate cauliflower until it resembles rice (hence the term riced cauliflower).
In bowl, combine the riced cauliflower, eggs, cheese and seasonings. I spread a fairly thin crust and was able to prepare 2 12″ pizzas. Place the mixture in the middle of a pizza stone or pan that’s been lightly greased. Spread evenly out to desired thickness. Place in oven for 12-15 minutes. Once you remove the crust it will look hopefully something like this
Add your favorite toppings and put back in oven under the broiler until everything is bubbly and delicious! Looking something like this
Some helpful tips if you find that the crust is too “soft” or “mushy”:
- Try drying out the cauliflower on a sheet pan either overnight or on the lowest temp in your oven for 10-20 minutes.
- Cook it for less time in the microwave. The original recipe called for 8 minutes and that to me was way too long and made the cauliflower too soft.
- When all else fails, press a clean towel or paper towels over the cauliflower to absorb some of the moisture.