Friday, January 27, 2012
Remember how I made some New Year’s resolutions or goals to eat more vegetables and fruit? Well I am definitely trying to stick to that resolution. I really want to eat better, explore different foods, and try to cut back on certain things that are really hard for me to give up. Mostly just bad, worthless carbs.
*I’m not saying all carbs are bad, or worthless. I’m not. Really just the ones that are filled with refined sugars, and white flour…the ones I happen to be addicted to. Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I am addicted to carbs/food. (And that sentence might be funny, but it’s also completely true and a lot sad. Anyone who has a food addiction can give me an amen right now! You know, if you want to that is.)
One of the things I over indulge on, when we buy it, is pizza. Even when it’s filled with toppings like veggies, the part that kills me, and makes my thighs 20lbs heavier with each slice, is the dang crust. But it’s really hard to just quit eating something you think you love, and something that your mind tells you tastes so so good. Unless you have an alternative. And sometimes that alternative has to taste good, just as good as what you are giving up, or better. Right?
This cauliflower pizza crust is THE BEST flourless pizza crust that I’ve ever tasted. NO LIE! Even my husband who can’t stand vegetables liked this pizza, and even requested that I make it again the next day!
I found the recipe for the Cauliflower Crust Pizza on Eat.Drink.Smile. and I am so glad I did. The crust is made with just a few ingredients, and seasoned with herbs and things you will definitely have in your pantry. I won’t repost the recipe here because it’s perfect the way it is on Eat.Drink.Smile., but I will post the pictures I took, give you guys a step by step of what I did, and answer any questions about the recipe if you need any help with it.
The first thing I did was “rice the cauliflower.” All that means, is I cut a whole head of cauliflower into florets, and put it in my food processor, where I pulsed it until it looked like it had a grainy texture.
My suggestion is to do this in batches, even if you have a large food processor, so that every thing gets chopped up/grated evenly. And it doesn’t come out looking like a puree.
I put all the the cauliflower into a microwavable safe dish, and microwaved all of it for 8 minutes.
It comes out looking pretty much the same, but it’s now cooked and very hot. You can let it cool down for a little bit or use it immediately to make your crust.
If you’re using it immediately make sure that you put the cup of cauliflower into the bowl first, then the cheese and seasonings, and mix it around a bit first. It will cool the cauliflower down, so that you can add the egg and not worry about it cooking before you put it in the oven.
It should look like this after you mix every thing together.
I recommend baking the cauliflower crust on a baking sheet/pan that is covered with parchment paper. It really does help it not stick to the pan, and makes it easier to lift 0ff off the pan when you’re ready to eat it. You just scoop everything onto the parchment paper and then flatten it into a circle with your hands. It’s messy but that’s pretty much the easiest way to do it.
I also had to lower the temperature of my oven to 425 degrees, instead of 450. The crust got over cooked at the higher temp when I tried it the first couple of times.
The crust comes out browned and looks great. It even tastes amazing just as it is, with nothing on top of it.
I added my freshly cooked Chunky Tomato Sauce to the top, and a little cheese and lots of veggies to it.
Then I put it under the broiler for just a few minutes, so the cheese on top would melt, and the veggies could cook a little.
Just make sure to watch your parchment paper, so it doesn’t burn. Or better yet, do what I did the second time around and trim your parchment paper to fit just under your pizza. Then your crust won’t stick to the baking pan/sheet, and your paper won’t burn.
You’ll have a seriously yummy pizza, that will leave you wanting more. And even my kids were fooled into thinking it’s “real pizza”! Nice, huh?
If you try the recipe, I’d love to know what you thougt!