Monday, August 20, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Between vacation and night float I have not been cooking much, but, hey, there's always the weekend. I've also been trying to diet. Though I give myself the weekend off from dieting, I've been seeing a lot of recipes for cauliflower pizza crust. I love cauliflower and I love pizza so I thought I'd give it a try. I combined good parts of several recipes, and I think it was a success. 
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (and a Quickle)
makes one crust

1 head cauliflower
1 egg
1 ounce of goat cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
toppings of choice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Process the cauliflower in a food processor to a grainy texture. Place this and a small amount of water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover the bowel loosely and microwave for six minutes. Here's the important part: Put the cauliflower mush in a cheesecloth and squeeze... and squeeze... and some squeeze some more. 

Mix this with the cheeses and egg. Now shape into a pizza crust on a cookie sheet. I used parchment paper and some cooking spray to keep it from sticking. Bake for 30-35 minutes until it is cooked all the way through. Now you can top with whatever you like. I made my own sauce with onion, garlic, canned tomato sauce and red chili flakes. For the other toppings I had mozzarella cheese, fake pepperoni (which is seriously good stuff), green bell peppers and a quick jalapeno pickle that I made (a quickle). I made the quickle by slicing the jalapeno, covering with white vinegar, some salt, and popped in the microwave for two minutes. It did the trick. Then I popped the pizza back in the oven until everything got all melty. Admittedly, I overcooked the toppings as you can see, but it was still very tasty.
My super power is eating pepperoni.

This is about 12 inches wide and I made a little thicker crust at the edges.