Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cauliflower Crusted Pizza

Last week, I shared a recipe for a light, vegetarian potato soup. To go with that delicious, hearty soup, I made this cauliflower crusted pizza.
Cauliflower is really an underrated vegetable. It tastes great and can be used in so many different ways! I've seen cauliflower grilled cheese, cauliflower soup, cauliflower fritters, tacos, bites, you name it. My favorite way to use cauliflower by far, has been this cauliflower crusted pizza!
The pizza itself is the perfect combination of soft and bendable like a NY style pizza and crunchy at the crust. YES, it does stay together and doesn't fall apart. It doesn't taste exactly like a traditional pizza. But why should it?! You're replacing white flour with a vegetable! What?!?! I could taste a little cauliflower in the pizza, but hubby couldn't. 
The best part - Baby loved it so much, he gobbled it right up! I love finding new things that Baby enjoys as well. This pizza will definitely be on my 'to make again' list! 
So give it a try and good luck in the kitchen!
Cauliflower Crusted Pizza
adapted from Popsugar
1 small cauliflower
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
1/2 cup tomato sauce
seasonings to taste (I used italian seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic powder, sat and pepper)
pizza toppings (optional) - olives, green onions, chives, mushrooms, etc.
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Grate the cauliflower head until you have 2 cups of cauliflower. 
Microwave the grated cauliflower for seven to eight minutes, or until soft and cooked through. Let them cool.

Mix in the egg, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper.
Combine well and spread on a pizza pan lined with parchment paper. 
Brush lightly with olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until light golden.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat up the tomato sauce until lightly bubbling and season to taste with your choice of seasonings. 
Top the pizza crust with the sauce, rest of the cheese, and any additional toppings. Bake until melted and bubbly, 10-15 min. Enjoy!

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