cooking: cauliflower crust pizza

It’s the first. And seeing as how ‘firsts’ are usually a big deal*, I’m going to celebrate them here on the blog. Check back every month. On the first. And follow along on the adventure.

This month’s ‘first’ is: cooking cauliflower crust pizza.

That’s right. Cauliflower. Back in January, when I was experiencing serious self-imposed pizza withdrawal, someone recommend this ‘pizza alternative’. And though I’m only just now getting around to making it (because I usually can’t be bothered and I’ve had a slice or two since), I’ve been thinking a lot about how it might taste. So here goes.

The ingredients:

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For the cauliflower, the rule of thumb I used is 1 head = 3 cups. With that in mind, I removed the stems and leaves from 1 head. Chopped it up. Blitzed it in the Vitamix until it was grainy. (NB: grainy is not the same as a puree; though I will try the puree next time for a change of pace with the texture.)

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Once the ‘grain’ is ready, microwave it on high in a medium (microwave-safe) bowl for 8 minutes. Then, add the egg, oregano, garlics, and cheese. When mixed, pour the ‘dough’ out onto a non-stick-sprayed or silpat-covered cookie sheet. (FYI: next time, I’m going to use the pizza stone and see what happens.) Drizzle – or brush – with olive oil to taste.

Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. (NB: the more thinly spread the ‘dough’, the faster it cooks.) Then, add your own sauce and ingredients.

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Meat-lovers all, we added pepperoni. And more cheese. Crank the oven up to ‘broil’, and pop the pie back in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and brown. (NB: as the final ‘ingredients’ step is done at a broil, please make sure any ingredients, specifically meats, are already fully cooked first.) Watch the timing on this, too. I left mine a little long.

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recipe – linked above – via Eat.Drink.Smile.

Tasty! We gave my ‘first’ attempt a solid 7. Some of us prefer a different texture to our pizza, but could be won over. And some of us are just excited to eat ‘pizza’. I will be making this again. Especially as The Husband bought 3 heads of cauliflower.

Let me know if you try the recipe, or any variation thereof. I’ll be curious to hear how you like it.

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3 thoughts on “cooking: cauliflower crust pizza

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  2. Mr Rumpelstiltskin: Thanks for your comment! I’d be happy to cook one of these delicious pizza pies for you. And may I add Pinocchio’s to your list as well? Cheers!

  3. Sounds tasty, but do to circumstances beyond my control we only eat Jac ‘n Does. We’d eat Napoli’s if was still open, but lo it’s gone the way all childhood businesses go, out-of-business.
    However, I do know the author, and I do have a kitchen, so she could have at it in my kitchen if she’d like!

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