I figured that it would be another use for cauliflower, and there's nothing wrong with increasing the nutritional content of a meal. Using cauliflower as opposed to flour sounds good to me.
I'm not sure who created the recipe originally or who should get credit for it. Looking online it seems that everyone is using this recipe or a similar version of it so here it is...
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 2 cups 'riced' cauliflower
- 1 cup cheese (I used goat's cheese cheddar)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
To 'rice' cauliflower place cauliflower florettes into a food processor (or blender) and process until it reaches the consistency of rice.
Side note: cauliflower is an excellent subsitute for rice or couscous. I have used cauliflower in recipes such as fried 'rice' a few times with some success.
Saute cauliflower 'rice' in a pan with olive oil for 5-7 minutes. Mix the cauliflower with the other ingredients to make the 'dough'. Spread the mixture onto a pizza stone (or baking sheet) covered with a sheet of parchment paper.
Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Add toppings of choice, but avoid piling them on since the crust won't be able to withstand too much weight. I topped mine with caramelized onions, mushrooms, and goat cheese cheddar.
Broil the pizza for 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
Serve with a side of greens and a balsamic dressing.
So how was the pizza?
Well, we liked it actually! It was super easy to make and I would definitely make it again. Great way to include extra nutrients, fiber, and a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable into a meal.
I don't think I would call this a pizza crust though, more like a bread-replacement product (sort of). I'm not really sure how I would describe it. Perhaps a cauliflower focaccia bread? For those of you who have tried it, would you consider this a pizza? Or something else?