If you’re nearly as Pinterest-obsessed as I am, you are sure to have seen the recent posts about Cauliflower Pizza. Cauliflower has been one of the hit ingredients of late 2014 and is still trending in 2015. A cruciferous vegetable it’s been associated with lower risks of some cancers and contains vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients, which are apparently great to neutralize toxins that reside in your system.
Back to the tested recipe : Cauliflower Pizza!
I decided to test a recipe from Lucky Penny Blog called The BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza.
The ingredients :
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
Step 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees, wash and dry the cauliflower.
Step 2. Cut the cauliflower into florets and pulse in the food processor. Mine is pretty old and the results were hard to achieve – the Magic Bullet wouldn’t process the cauliflower either so this can be the hardest part.
Step 3. Once you get the cauliflower into a “snow” like texture, put 2 to 3 cups of it in the microwave for 4 minutes on high. Then put it on a towel and wait for it to cool down. (Be smart and wait, I burnt myself being impatient …)
Step 4. Drain it! You want to get as much of the water out as possible. I think I got something like half a cup out of mine and the recipe says the less water left the tastier the crust.
Step 5. Mix all the ingredients except the egg. Once everything is evened out add the egg to finish it off.
Step 6. Place the mix on a baking sheet you’ve greased up a bit and get it to hold together. The texture definitely isn’t pizza-ish, it looks like one hot mess, but it will get way better once it’s cooked.
Step 7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until it’s golden. Then add your desired topings and put it right back in the over for a few minutes. I put tomato sauce and cheese on mine and I have to say the result was very tasty!
Final thoughts :
This recipe was a little longer than I expected it to be, you’ll have to calculate around 40 minutes before you get it in the oven for the first time. I hated waiting to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower that felt really long to be, which is why I burnt myself. I have to say the result is quite tasty and I felt any pizza lover would love it. However, the recipe is packed with cheese so if you aren’t a dairy fan I don’t recommend the recipe. I think this could be great as an appetizer with some fresh herbs and cheese, so I’ll probably be trying it again.
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