Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
March 27, 2012 - Posted by
We all have people in our lives that just seem to have an overall dislike for vegetables. Maybe you dislike them yourself. Yet we hear every day about the benefits of getting enough fruits and vegetables into our diets. Sometimes we need trick ourselves into eating healthy and this crust recipe shown below is a great way to incorporate a bunch of vegetables into your meal in a discrete way. I had heard about cauliflower mashed potatoes, but this one is new to me - I'm excited to try it!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
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.
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.
The best part about this recipe is you can fill the pizza with even more vegetables (but the toppings are harder to hide!). Do you get your daily recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables? Have you cooked any delicious recipes that sneak veggies into a meal or snack? I'd love to hear some more ideas!
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