So I have been intrigued lately with recipes using cauliflower for bread sticks and pizza crusts so yep, this week I decided I was going to find a decent (easy) looking recipe for a 'pizza with a cauliflower crust' to TRY and REVIEW and see if it fits my requirements for HEALTHY, Easy and TASTY . I mean really, really is it a recipe I will make regularly? Is it a recipe that I LOVE? Is it really EASY or sorta easy? BIG difference between sorta easy and real easy. At least for this non kitchen, non-cooking person.
SO here goes... Here are some pictures of the process and I will share the recipe and WHERE I got this recipe and all the details of EXACTLY what I think about pizza with cauliflower crust.
Well first off it is automatically easier to get stuff done in the kitchen when you actually have the proper tools. Hahaha as you can see by the pan I am using above I do not have a Pizza stone also I have NEVER made pizza at home before. So I improvised and I will tell you I made a few changes as I went along depending on what I like and what the hubs and fam like soooo...
In the first picture with the ingredients I started off grating the cauliflower with one of those old fashioned hand help graters thingy's and realized after I grated part of my finger that I actually have a BULLET food mixer sooooo Yep I got that out and YES IT WAS MUCH QUICKER and EASIER and I did NOT hurt myself. YAY! Then I mixed the few ingredients for the pizza crust together and putting the crust mix onto the ONLY STONE I have and no it is NOT round but it worked just fine.
Threw it into the oven and at that point - recipe is almost done. SO EASY! Here is the recipe and the website I found it at SO make sure to check that out too. Website is www.eatingbirdfood.com
Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust
- ½ head cauliflower (about 2 cups riced)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- Pre-heat oven to 400° F.
- Prep a cookie sheet or pizza stone. You can grease the cookie sheet or use parchment paper. (I used a Pampered Chef baking stone, which doesn’t require any prep if it’s seasoned.)
- Remove the stems and leaves from your cauliflower and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor (I used my Vitamix) and pulse just until the texture is similar to rice. If you don’t have a food processor or Vitamix, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater or chop it.
- Sauté cauliflower “rice” in a non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook until translucent, approximately 6-8 minutes. (You can use the microwave for this as well. Just place cauliflower in an uncovered microwave-safe bowl and cook for 8 minutes.)
- In a bowl combine the cooked cauliflower with all remaining ingredients.
- Spread dough out evenly over parchment paper (or stone) – about ¼ to ⅓ of an inch thick. The pizza should be about 9-10 inches in diameter.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden, crispy on the edges and cooked through the middle.
- Remove the crust from the oven.
- Top with pizza sauce and toppings. Be careful not to add too many heavy toppings as you don’t want to weigh down the crust.
- Broil the pizza for 5 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted. Allow the pizza to cool for 2-3 minutes then cut and serve immediately.
This recipe is simple and easy for the pizza crust and I followed her whole recipe for that except my BROILER on my stove apparently is broken soooo I just put it back in at 475 for 6 minutes after I put the turkey meat sauce, cheese, onions and mushrooms on top. In fact, I did the crust like recommended but the SAUCE I made like I knew me and fam would like. So while baking the pizza crust for 30 min I cooked and seasoned with black pepper and Italian Seasonings some turkey burger in a pan as part of the pizza toppings.
Listen, I like to make my energy count when cooking so when realizing that I was making a pizza sauce and would be putting some onions and mushrooms on top of my pizza sauce that consisted of sauce and turkey burger and seasoning well I figured I might as well make a meaty sauce for another meal. Also I was saute'ing 1lb of turkey burger and really that was just NOT going to fit on the itty bitty cauliflower pizza crust I was making. So in another pan I saute'ed garlic, onions, peppers and mushrooms and after using the meat sauce for pizza added the rest of that to the saute'ed veggies for a nice meaty red sauce for another meal later. Maybe over spaghetti squash or over brown rice or quinoa. WHO KNOWS but.... yep but for sure another meal or two is already made when making this one and that folks is a BIG WIN! At least in my book.
So how did it taste? Yummy but not quite like pizza. Would I eat it again? Yes and now that I know I can make 2-3 meals with this one time period of EFFORT in the kitchen I will make it again. My husband LOVED it. I liked it and liked the 2-3 meals from it but the kids? They were not home when I made it and really because you DO NEED to use a fork when eating it hmmmm I just don't think they will LIKE IT AS A PIZZA. I do think they will eat it as a meal but if I call it PIZZA I don't think it will roll with them. Next time I will have them try it with a fork and I do think they will like it because I does taste good. Lots of flavor...
Last pics of a piece of PIZZA and my meat sauce for spaghetti squash and quinoa for later...
OK that is it. If you like pizza with lots of flavor and a little soft you will like this. Give it a try and check back and let me know how it turns out for YOU. Also LIKE if you like so your friends can see this post too or Tweet, Google+ however you communicate. Thank you for stopping by and I am so glad you did 🙂
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