Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Not soggy!!)


The cauliflower pizza crust was all the rage a few years back. I experimented with it a few times, and although some recipes were tasty,the texture was not so great. Most of the time they were too flimsy and soggy.

A few people started to incorporate different flours, more cheese, added binders, etc. which helped the texture, but made the calories skyrocket. I feel like I found a really nice balance with this recipe. It didn't come out soggy like some of the basic recipes I’ve tried in the past, it’s MUCH more reasonable calorie-wise,  AND it’s really flavorful!

NOTE: For this recipe, I used a low-fat cheddar blend in the crust because it was what I had on hand. A low-fat mozzarella cheese would be a more traditional choice.

However, the cheddar crust would be great topped with a low-sugar BBQ sauce (instead of tomato sauce), grilled chicken, and avocado.  Or, spread with fat-free refried beans, grilled chicken, and topped with cheddar cheese. The possibilities are endless!

I made my own tomato sauce for this version and topped it with sautéed spinach, mushrooms, and a homemade olive tapenade. This recipe was inspired by Kalyn’s recipe- I modified some of her ingredients and was very happy with the results. 


Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 Ingredients:
1 cup cauliflower (chopped in a food processor until it resembles rice-I used my Ninja)
½ cup grated low-fat cheese (used my Ninja to make my shredded blend more grated)
2 tablespoon almond flour
¼ cup egg beaters
1 tablespoon flaxseed
½ teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450. Place a pizza stone inside the oven and let it heat up. 

2. Use a food processor to grate your cauliflower.Put the cauliflower into a bowl and microwave it until its  soft (about 6 minutes). It is EXTREMELY important that your cauliflower has NO moisture/water- you don’t want a soggy crust!

3. Combine the finely grated cheese, almond flour, flaxseed,and spices in a bowl. Whisk the egg beaters in a separate bowl, then mix them into the other ingredients. Combine well.

4. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Form the crust ingredients into a ball and place them on the cookie sheet. Use your fingers to shape the crust, spreading it out thin. Place the cookie sheet on top of the stone in the oven and cook until the crust is lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes.

5. When the crust is done, add your toppings and put the pizza back in the oven to melt your cheese.

I wasn’t the only one who loved it- my whole family thought it was delicious. They never would’ve guessed it was made from cauliflower. They did, however, guess tofu, protein powder, and beans. They know me well ;)