This weekend my husband and I went to our friends’ baby gender announcement party. It’s a boy! We had a great time hanging out with old friends and meeting new people.
There was all kinds of food, and the cookies! They were huge! At least four inches across and almost an inch thick. I may or may not have eaten almost two of them, and a piece of cake, some meatballs… You get the idea. I’d figured I was going to eat more than I should so for the next night I’d planned something a little healthier. Cauliflower pizza!
Of course, this is not a new concept. We’ve all heard of this by now and many of us have tried it. If you haven’t tried it yet, and the reason is because you hate cauliflower, try it anyway. My whole family hates cauliflower. We love this pizza! Doesn’t taste anything like cauliflower. Besides, how else can you have your own personal supreme pizza for less than 400 calories?
Granted, it’s a bit work intensive. You’ll want at least a solid hour to make this. First, you have to break down the cauliflower into florets and pulverize them in a food processor to a rice like consistency. I do this in two batches.
Then it cooks in the microwave, and is spread out on a towel to cool a bit. I use a thick dish towel so I don’t burn my hands when ringing out the moisture. Also two batches.
The cauliflower tends to stick to the towel a bit so you’ll need to scrape it down with a spoon. It can get a little messy. Also looks like a lot less than you started with. That’s ok, it’s supposed to. 🙂
Add the rest of your ingredients. To get it fully mixed you’re going to need to use your hands. Sometimes it’s ok to play with your food. 🙂
Once it’s all mixed together, split the mixture into 3 balls of equal size. Spray your parchment paper with nonstick spray and use your fingers to spread the “dough” out thin and evenly, but make sure not to leave holes in it. While it’s in the oven, prep whatever toppings you want so they’re ready to throw on when the crust is ready.
And voila! We each have our own little pizza. It’s a lot of work, but sooo worth it.
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put your pizza stone or baking sheets in the oven to start heating.
- Break down the head of cauliflower into florets. Cut the stems short.
- Put half of the florets in your food processor and pulse until it is a rice consistency. It should make about 3 cups. Put cauliflower "rice" in microwave safe bowl and mostly cover. Cook for 4 minutes. While first batch is cooking, repeat with second batch. You should end up with about 6 cups total.
- When the first batch is done, spread the cooked cauliflower out on a thick dish towel and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Wrap towel up around cauliflower and squeeze out excess moisture. There will be a lot.
- Dump cauliflower pulp into another bowl and scrape down the towel with a spoon. Some cauliflower sticks to the towel. Repeat with second batch.
- When all the cauliflower is in your mixing bowl, add remaining ingredients, and mix well with your hands. Split "dough" into 3 equal size balls.
- Lay down 3 sheets of parchment paper, and spray with non stick spray.*
- With your fingers, spread out one ball of mixture per sheet thin and evenly into a circle (or whatever shape strikes your fancy :-)).
- Pick up crust by the parchment paper corners and carefully set on pizza stone or baking sheets in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Again using corners of parchment paper, take the crusts out of the oven.
- Add your toppings and put back in the oven long enough to melt your cheese. About 5 minutes.