Friday, July 12, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

When you go from eating grains to not eating grains there are bound to be a few things you miss-- like pizza. For the most part, giving up grains has been easy. But I have to confess,  I'm a sucker for a good pizza. I've tried out the gluten free pizza crusts that you can buy at the store and they are pretty good, but I decided to search the handy dandy internet to see if there were any grain free pizza crust recipes lurking around. I love experimenting in the kitchen so I thought I would take a shot at making a home made grain free pizza crust.

Google search after google search and I stumble across cauliflower pizza crust. Since I am obsessed with Cauliflower Rice, I was pretty sure cauliflower pizza crust would be a hit too. I tried a few recipes I found online... but of course I decided to create my own. I grew up in a house hold where my Mother cooked with a lot of spices. I love my food all jazzed up, so I often find myself tweaking recipes here and there until I have pretty much reinvented it into something completely different. That's exactly what I did with the cauliflower pizza crust. The recipes I tried were good, but didn't knock my socks off. So I kept fiddling with them, adding ingredients here-- taking things away there-- until I perfected it. I do that a lot with recipes that I try and most of the time, they turn out better my way. Ah-hem-- Pats self on back. Hehehe. ;-) So I encourage you to do the same with my recipes too! I would love to hear about your experiments and successes in the kitchen. The more we share the more we learn.

So anyhoo-- here is my Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



























Ingredients:

Organic Cauliflower
2 Eggs
1/4 Cup Ground Golden Flax Meal
1/2 teaspoon Dried Basil
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt
2-3 Cloves of Garlic (diced)
Pizza Sauce of your choice
Mozzarella Cheese
Any toppings of your choice

Directions:


  • Wash and dry the head of cauliflower and cut into small pieces, discard stem
  • Puree cauliflower in a blender or food processor. Transfer the mixture into a nut-milk bag or a cheesecloth and squeeze out the liquid from the cauliflower. Discard cauliflower liquid. Cauliflower retains a lot of water so you need to make sure you squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can in order for the dough to crisp up in the oven later
  • In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower puree, eggs, flax meal, basil, oregano and 2 of the cloves of garlic. Blend them into the cauliflower. The flax meal will help the "dough" to begin to firm up. You may add a little more (teaspoon at a time)  if you need the mixture to be a little more firm
  • Spread the dough into a round 8 or 9" round pan sprayed with non-stick spray  
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Check the crust to see if it is firm and beginning to turn golden. Take the crust out of the oven and brush on pizza sauce and the last clove of diced garlic. Add cheese and any toppings of your choice. Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, checking on the pizza every 5 minutes to ensure it doesn't burn. I also turned on the broiler for the last couple minutes to crisp up the crust & toppings, and to melt the cheese. Let the pizza cool for a good 5-10 minutes and remove from the pan with a spatula. Be careful because the crust will be fragile. Cut with a pizza cutter & enjoy! 

I hope you enjoy this grain free pizza recipe! Remember to check in on instagram with a photo of your pizza and tag me so I can see your beautiful creation! @theskinnywithshannon #cauliflowerpizzacrust 

Enjoy! 

XO-Shannon 


2 comments:

  1. mmmm. . . sounds delicious! i enjoy fresh herbs and spices on my pizza and have had some good gluten free "frozen" pizza before. thanks for sharing the recipe. we should really be making more stuff like this at home instead of contributing to cardboard waste. i'll be sure to try it!

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  2. I would love to hear how you like it Alexandra! XO

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