Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Gluten Free Crisp Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I've made cauliflower crust pizza a few times. It is always tasty but just not quite right which is why I haven't posted previous recipes. The crust usually ends up floppy and not very "crusty". I decided to do some research on how to get a crispy crust before making this pizza. The key to a crisp crust has been discovered, and I am here to share it with you. To be completely fair this crust is NOT as crispy as your traditional pizza dough, but hey folks it's made with cauliflower and makes a damn good pizza.

So...what's the secret behind this cauliflower crust? You have to drain out all the liquid!! Cauliflower naturally contains water and water makes for a soggy crust. Here is how it is done:





Makes 2 individual sized pizzas

Ingredients:
1 small to medium head of cauliflower
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 parmesean
Handful of fresh chopped basil (or 2 tsp dried)
1 tsp oregano
1 clove pressed garlic
1/8 tsp himilayian pink salt or other salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 egg
Cooking spray (I use coconut oil)

Kitchen tools:
Food processor, baking sheet, parchment paper, dish towel or cheese cloth

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim and rinse your cauliflower. Cut florets off of the cauliflower, you don't need a lot of stem. Pulse in the food processor till fine flour/snow like consistency.
2. Transfer into microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 minutes.
3. Dump onto a dish towel or cheese cloth and let it cool. Once cool enough to handle squeeze out all the liquid, this is the KEY to making your crust crisp so make sure to strain out as much as you can.
4. Once the cauliflower is as dry put it in a medium bowl. Add herbs, cheese, spices and egg. Mix with your hands.
5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. This will also help make it crisp and prevents sticking. Form two small individual crusts with your cauliflower mixture. Make sure to compact it together and round the edges. You want your crust to be medium thickness (I did about 1/2 inch). If it is too thin it won't hold a lot of toppings.
6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
7. Once it is done baking take it out of the oven and top away! There a no measurements for the toppings- do whatever your heart desires. My all time favorite pizza is BBQ chicken so that is what I made. I topped my pizzas with BBQ sauce, shredded rotisserie chicken, bell pepper, onions, and low fat mozzarella. It tasted just like the real thing- pizza craving fulfilled :)


3 comments:

  1. Was intrigued by a cauliflower crust. Great suggestion. Made last night with pesto sauce. The cheesecloth is a great idea and gets every bit of moisture out.

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  2. Nice! I want to make this. I'm trying to cut out carbs right now, so it's right up my alley!

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  3. I've been meaning to try this, now I know I have to!! yumm
    - @thehealthywayy

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