Friday, July 6, 2012

Clean Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Finally I am posting this cauliflower crust recipe for a healthy, clean pizza!  With the help of my aunt I swear half of Southern California has been waiting for me to post this recipe, so here it is folks!

Ingredients Needed:
1 c. cooked, riced cauliflower
1 c. shredded, low-fat, mozzarella cheese
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed or minced garlic
1/2 tsp. garlic salt (optional)
olive oil (optional)
low-sodium or natural pizza sauce
*pizza toppings of choice (pre-cooked)

How to:
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

"Rice" the cauliflower by taking 1 large head of cauliflower (sans stems and leaves) and chop florets in to chunks.  Pulse cauliflower chunks in food processor until it looks like grain.  Do not over pulse and puree the cauliflower.  (If a food processor is not available grate the cauliflower using a cheese grater.)  In a microwave-safe bowl, cook the cauliflower in the microwave for 8-9 minutes (if not using the whole head of cauliflower only cook needed cauliflower for 3:30-4 minutes per cup).  Do not add water, cauliflower naturally releases moisture when heated and is enough to cook itself. 

A single head can make approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower.  Store unused cooked cauliflower in the refrigerator for up to a week.  If you only cook what you need, the uncooked riced cauliflower can be frozen until you are ready to make another pizza.

To make the crust combine: 1 cup riced cauliflower, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and the beater egg, and stir.  Add oregano, garlic and any other desired spices and continue to stir. 

Transfer the mixture to a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with a no-stick cooking spray.  (I like to use parchment paper on my cookie sheet or use a pizza stone.)  Using your hands, pat your "dough" into a 9 inch round.  If desired, brush olive oil over the uncooked crust to increase browning.

Bake for 15 minutes.

After removing from the oven add a thin layer of the pizza sauce and additional mozzarella cheese.  Add desired pre-cooked toppings (I like turkey pepperoni, yellow bell peppers, mushrooms and other veggies).

Place under a broiler on high until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).  Since I don't have a broiler I just pop the pizza back in the oven for 2-3 minutes.  This second trip to the oven I place the pizza directly on the oven rack, this also makes the crust a little more crispy.


Try it out and let me know how you liked your clean pizza with a comment below!

To see the original recipe check out katiheifner.blogspot.com.