Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Like most foodies out there, I love carbs. My love for carbs runs real deep - noodles, pasta, bread, rice, potatoes... you name it! I love it so much that I'm actually quite happy eating it without the butter, sauces, soups, etc.
With all of that said, I'm also aware of that carbs are the devil when it comes to weight gain. As I'm getting older, my metabolism keeps slowing down! Sometimes compromises are needed and I can't eat pizza and pasta every night like I used to in my early 20s. Nowadays, I at least try to eat as healthy as I can during the weekdays so I can eat more freely during the weekends.
While I didn't think I'd become this person... I, Judy, decided to make cauliflower pizza crust. This was my experiment of the week. Surprisingly, it wasn't too bad. Did it taste like gluten pizza crust? No. But was it comparable in texture? Yes! Also, this is a great recipe for those who are truly allergic to gluten.
I'm still working on improving this recipe, but below is my first iteration...
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30 min
~10 oz. cauliflower florets
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp unsalted butter (melted)
2 eggs (for crust)
First start by making your cauliflower rice. You can purchase this pre-made at the store, or you can make it at home via one of the options below:
Next, steam your cauliflower rice. If you do not have a steamer, microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Remove as much moisture a you can from the cauliflower rice. You can use a cheese cloth to squeeze out the excess liquid -or- lay out it out on a paper towel to dry while it cools down.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, add cauliflower rice, ~90% of parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and melted butter. Crack 2 eggs into the bowl. Mix all ingredients together evenly by hand or with a spatula.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Pour out the mixture onto the center of the parchment paper. Use a spatula to spread out the mixture into a flattened circle (like a pizza crust). Take the remaining cheese and sprinkle evenly over the circle.
Bake for 15 minutes until edges start to turn crisp and brown.
Remove the baking pan from the oven. Add desired toppings on the crust, and place the baking pan back into the oven.
Note: If adding an egg on top, this should be added approximately 5-10 minutes prior to taking out the pizza (depending on yolk finish preference).
Bake for another ~10 minutes or until crust has hardened into a pizza crust texture.
Add additional garnish if desired, and serve hot.