Recipe: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

20 May 2012

We all love pizza, I don't know if it's the doughy crust or the seemingly endless amounts of ooey gooey cheese and amazing toppings, but let's be real it isn't always the healthiest. So in an attempt to get healthy I spied a recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust, at first I was a little weary, mainly because I have a strong distaste for cauliflower. But after mentioning it to my husband (who's the bonafide health food junkie in our house) he pretty much told me I had to make it, and of course, I did, only to see if the kids would eat it. 

The end result? Amazing, I made mine more thin crusted, and I couldn't get enough. It doesn't taste quite like pizza crust, well maybe a more garlicky version but If I hadn't been the one ricing the cauliflower and making the dough, I never would've know what it really was. Win for the health food, and for you gluten free lovers this one is for you!
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)

To "Rice" Cauliflower - Take a large head of cauliflower, de stem and cut into large chunks. With a cheese grater, grate the chunks into a medium large (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 Crust - 
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. 3. 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.
4. 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).
* Make sure your toppings are precooked, since you are only broiling for a few minutes.
Enjoy! You can thank me later ;).