Today I have a great recipe adapted for you from allrecipes.com. It is a great way to enjoy pizza without eating so much extra bread and starch, and instead replacing the crust with delicious garlic-seasoned cauliflower!
Now while the original recipe from allrecipes.com is a great start, I am posting modifications to this recipe.
Here is the recipe, with suggestions for improvement in bold.
- 1 small head (instead of half head) cauliflower, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (instead of regular cheese)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 egg
- 1/4 t garlic granules (instead of full garlic)
- sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Place cauliflower pieces through the feeding tube of the food processor using the grating blade; pulse until all the cauliflower is shredded.
- Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cauliflower, cover, and steam until tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cooled, about 15 minutes. Next is the important part: put the cooled cauliflower into a clean kitchen, twist the ends together, and SQUEEZE, squeeze, squeeze all extra liquid out until the cauliflower is as dry as you can get it. Without this step, the crust will be soggy.
- Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
- Stir Parmesan, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper into cauliflower until evenly incorporated. Pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet; press and shape into a pizza crust.Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. The crust is now ready for your favorite toppings.
You will notice on step 2, there is an addition to remove excess water from the cauliflower. From personal experience, this addition was found to be necessary due to extra water content of the steamed cauliflower preventing maximum crispiness and deliciousness.
While this recipe is certainly not one you can whip up in just a few minutes, it is relatively simple and is definitely very healthy and cheap. The ingredients for this crust should cost you no more than $5, and can likely be obtained for $2-3 if one is very crafty at finding great deals on cauliflower, eggs, and the like.
So next time you want to whip up a delicious pizza with your own healthy, homemade, gluten-free and grain-free crust, this, I would suggest, is a mighty way to enjoy your vegetables in a delicious homemade pizza or sandwich.
Happy cauliflowering everybody!
All credit for the original recipe goes to allrecipes.com.