Friday, April 26, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Many times I have seen this recipe and I always thought there is no way my family will eat this - they want the real thing - the real pizza with the bread crust.  Well let me tell you, pizza tastes so much better with this type of crust, it has a big YUM attached to it!!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
here crust has a Spinach Basil Pesto sauce on it

2 cups cooked, cauliflower
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed garlic (fresh is best)
1 teaspoon garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
Pizza Sauce, shredded cheese and choice of your toppings

1. Take the cooked cauliflower and add to food processor.  Pulse until it looks like a grain. Do not over pulse or you will puree the cauliflower.  
2.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray pizza tray with non-stick cooking spray or use a pizza stone and then no spray is needed.
3. In a medium bowl combine egg and mozzarella, mix.  Add oregano, crushed garlic, and garlic salt. Mix.  Add in cauliflower. Mix

what mixture looked like when I added cauliflower before final mixing

4. Transfer mixture to pizza tray or pizza stone.  using your hands, pat out cauliflower dough to fit our tray/stone.  
Optional: brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning
5. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes
6. Remove from oven
7. To the crust add sauce, toppings, and cheese. Place under broiler at high heat until the cheese melts (~ 3-4 minutes)
Note: Toppings need to be precooked since you are broiling only for a few minutes.  

I have to be honest, this turned out far better than I expected!! I do believe next time I need to cook the crust for bit longer to see if I can get it more firm.  The edges were great but the middle was a bit mushy.  Trust me, it was still delicious, not complaining at all.  I had to use a fork and knife and my kids don't like to do that when it comes to pizza.  hello you try explaining crust to a 4 and a 2 year old : )  

If you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  

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