Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ordinary NO, Delicious YES!!

Looks like an ordinary piece of pizza right??'s not. This pizza's crust is made with 1 particularly strange ingredient....Cauliflower! Yes, yes you read that right! In making the many changes I have made, another important thing is what I eat. Diet no....changing my overall eating habits yes!! I've really cut out a lot of carbs lately and was looking for something to calm my pizza cravings. I've used the whole wheat pizza crust, but really trying to cut that out these days too. When I came across this recipe I was eager to try it. Much to my amazement (and my whole family including hubby and 2 teenagers) it was delicious!! I kept the secret ingredient a secret until I got the oooo's and aaaaah's of taste bud satisfaction. Even after telling them they continued to eat it....which means it must have been really good in their minds as well! I just made this for the second time tonight and it is amazing at taking care of my pizza cravings. Tonight I had left over grilled veggies to top it with. Make sure to pre-cook any ingredients (esp your veggies) because when you put on your toppings it only goes under the broiler until cheese is melted. I find that with my oven just 8 min at 450 deg is perfect (even though recipe calls for longer) Enjoy!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Serves 2; Adapted from Your Lighter Side.


1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
pizza sauce, shredded cheese and your choice of toppings*


To "Rice" the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.
One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9" round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few minutes.

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