Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I know it sounds crazy. I never would have thought that a pizza crust made from cauliflower would ever work.  I thought it'd be soggy, gross, nasty, icky... but I was so very wrong.  This crust is perfect for adding some nutritious vegetables and extra fiber to your diet.  Its florets contain about 2 g of dietary fiber per 100 g; providing about 5% of recommended value!  Cauliflower contains several anti-cancer phyto-chemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol. Together these compounds have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells.  If I can eat a pizza that does all of that, bring it on, baby.
  • 1 small head cauliflower (about half the size of your head)
  • 1/3 cup cheese (parmesan or mozzarella works best)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour (optional, but adds to the texture)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes a powdery, snow-like texture.
  3. Microwave the cauliflower for about 4-5 minutes (or cook it another way if you don't want to use a microwave.
  4. Remove from the microwave and place cauliflower in a tea towel.
  5. Squeeze the cauliflower to remove as much moisture as possible! This will give it a better texture.
  6. Combine the cauliflower in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Roll into a ball.
  7. Spread the dough on an oiled piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet or a pizza pan. Make sure the crust isn't too thick!
  8. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and add any sauces and toppings you desire!
  10. Place back in the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes until the toppings are slightly cooked.
  11. Enjoy your brilliant, gluten-free, grain-free, cauliflower pizza!!!

1 comment:

  1. This is the most flavorful, delectable pizza i have ever had!! Yuuuummy!!