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Meatless Monday - Cauliflower Pizza Crust

It seems that lots of people are having trouble eating gluten these days.  I've read a few reasons why this is happening and some of it is because of the way wheat is grown.  I hope this trend changes but in the meantime it's nice to have alternatives to some of our favorite foods.

Pizza is a favorite food of lots of people.  I imagine it would be very sad to have this removed from your diet.  I know I would miss it but what are you going to do?  We do know that it is possible to make the crust from gluten free ingredents but I wonder about them sometimes, and face it, some are very expensive.

How about cauliflower?  It's gluten free.  It's also low carb if that is a consideration also.  It sounds weird right?  I grew up outside of New York City and have very strong opinions about what makes a good pizza.  I think this one is darn good.  Try it and let me know what you think.

Pizza With Cauliflower Crust

Ingredients: 
Makes a 12-inch pizza

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should make about 3 cups of cauliflower rice)
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 450°F and place a rack in the middle.
Line a baking sheet or pizza stone with parchment paper and liberally grease with olive oil. Set aside.
In a food processor rice the cauliflower florets until they are evenly chopped but not completely pulverized.
Transfer cauliflower rice to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 8 minutes, until cooked.
Place the cauliflower rice in a cotton towel and twist it to squeeze as much moisture as you can.  The cauliflower rice needs to be dry, otherwise the dough will be mushy.
Transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl, add egg, mozzarella, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well.
Using your hands, press the mixture onto the pizza stone and shape into a thin pizza “disc”.
Bake for 15 minutes, until golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
Scatter cheese evenly over the pizza base and spread the toppings of your choice over this. Sprinkle the Pecorino Romano and add a pinch salt.
Return to the oven and bake for further for 10 minutes.

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Comments

  1. I have just printed that recipe as I have all of the ingredients in my fridge. I had a cauliflower risotto recently and it was fantastic. Must try the pizza crust.

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  2. I can't figure out how the caulifowers works but the photo show it, hum

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  3. love the pickled cauliflower at Alfredo's on Cheshire Bridge....

    xot

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  4. I'm working on vegan recipes right now, it's amazing what you can do with cauliflower! Found a great recipe for fake buffalo wings using franks hot sauce and cauliflower,really good!

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