Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I love pizza. I don't know many people who don't love it.

There are of course aspects of it that not only make it extra delicious, like the doughy crust, the cheesy, oily toppings and the satisfaction of eating this, but also it's not always the most healthy dish.

Swapping out a few ingredients can help though so here we look at a Cauliflower Crust instead of the traditional flour based. Yummy and guilt-free.

Here we go.

The Goods:The Dough:
1 Cup of Riced Cauliflower- pre-riced, available at most grocery stores.
1/2 Cup of Almond Meal
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 TSPS of Dried Oregano
1 TSP of Garlic Powder
1 Egg

Toppings:
Whatever you want! Here are some suggestions
Sun dried Tomatoes
Mushrooms
Pepperoni, Salami, Cooked Chicken
Fresh Basil
Fresh Garlic
Arugula, Spinach
Anchovies
Sausage
Cheese

The How-To:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper- this is a must! The crust only crisps as it should when cooked atop this.

In a large bowl, mix all of the crust ingredients together. Use your hands if you can! It helps form and shape the dough. Once blended, scoop out contents onto baking sheet. With a spatula, spread out the goods into an even base, making sure that the crust is laid out in a uniform fashion. Once ready, place in oven and cook for 30-40 minutes until brown. The cauliflower will shrink some, so don't be alarmed by its' size once cooked through, golden and crispy.

After your crust has formed, pull out of the oven and start topping it up! If you prefer a tomato base, spread your sauce evenly across. Or if you're like me, drizzle olive oil, fresh garlic, crushed peppers, fresh basil and parmesan across the bottom. Next add your toppings! As many as you'd like, as varied as your heart desires. The last touch is a plethora of cheese heavily sprinkled across the top (if you're dairy-free or paleo, you might want to skip this next step). Mozzarella is a definite go-to but don't be afraid to mix it up with what ever flavours you're feeling. Goat or Feta is a nice addition. When you're ready, place it back into the oven and cook at 400 until your cheese has melted through. If you're using arugula, I'd suggest waiting until the end, once out of the oven, to place on top as it can wilt and dry out in the oven.

And there you have it. A healthy, grease-free alternative to pizza.

 

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