April 9, 2014

Pizza 2.0 - Giving Cauliflower Crust Pizza a Try


Oooooh pizza! One of the most favorited meals of all time. Everyone loves it and finding a tasty gluten free pizza is like winning the lottery. In my never-ending quest to eat healthier, I decided to try out the cauliflower pizza crust that I've seen so many others blog and pin about.

There are so many different recipes for cauliflower pizza crust, but I used my GFF's mom's recipe. It couldn't be easier or tastier. Top it with some cheese and veggies and you've got yourself a healthy version of the beloved pizza pie.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Ingredients:

  • Nonstick spray (I used an olive oil mister)
  • 2½ cups cauliflower, grated (about ½ a large head) 
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
  • 1¼ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 tsps Pesto Blend or a blend of Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce 
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half 
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced (I used minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or less, this is a bit spicy)
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Directions:

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (or in a pinch, foil sprayed with olive oil. although parchment paper is best) and preheat oven to 425ยบ F.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two and a half cups of cauliflower crumbles (or use food processor). Place in a large bowl and microwave for 7 to 8 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Mix in the egg, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, pesto blend, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with nonstick spray (or lightly with olive oil) and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Top the pizza with the sauce, ¼ cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving. Enjoy!

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