Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pizza! said the lady with the alligator purse

Cauliflower crust pizza has been popping up online everywhere and I simply had to try it!  I made it detox-friendly so it's totally dairy, gluten, soy, and processed-sugar free. And it was also AH-MAZING.
I adapted mine from this recipe HERE.

Superscrumptious Cauliflower Crust Pizza


For Crust

    • 1 medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield close to 3 cups once processed
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • Sprinkling of dried basil 
    • Sprinkling of dried oregano 
    • Sprinkling teaspoon garlic powder
    • A bit of of crushed red pepper
    • 2 tablespoons gluten-free flour (I used Trader Joe's which is brown rice flower)
    • 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast (adds a cheesy flavor)
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 egg
    • Nonstick cooking spray (I used coconut oil from Trader Joe's in the spray can)

For Toppings

    • Rice Cheese (I used a block of Daiya cheese that I grated about half of onto the crust but I think the Daiya shreds would have been easier)
    • Olives
    • Mushrooms
    • Onion
    • Pizza sauce (I used a can of tomato paste with half a can of water, mixed with dried basil, oregano, marjoram, and garlic because I couldn't find any premade sauce at the store without added sugar)


  • Preheat the oven to 450, with a pizza stone or baking sheet on the middle rack
  • Spritz some parchment paper on top of a cutting board with cooking spray
  • Wash the cauliflower. Food-processor it until it looks like snow
  • Microwave the cauliflower snow for 30 seconds covered to cook  it a bit
  • Once the cauliflower has cooled a bit, put in a clean dishtowel and wring out ALL the water.  This takes a little time and some elbow grease.
  • Add the cauliflower to a bowl, along with the spices, flour, nutritional yeast, olive oil and mix it together.
  • Beat the egg in a small bowl, then to the mixture and keep mixing. I used my hands. It was a delightfully mushy sensory experience.
  • Flatten your "pizza dough" out onto the parchment paper covered cutting board
  • Use the cutting board like a pizza paddle to CAREFULLY place the parchment paper with the pizza dough onto the pizza stone in the oven.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until the edges are crispy but not totally burnt because it's going back in the oven with the toppings for a little while longer.
  • While the pizza crust is baking, sautee your onions and mushrooms (or prepare your pizza topping of choice)
  • Once the crust is ready, carefully take the crust out of the oven with your cutting board and lots of potholders.
  • Slather on some pizza sauce, grated "cheese," and the olives, mushrooms, onion (the works)
  • Bake again, just long enough to melt the cheese
  • Slice it up and enjoy with your fiance and remind him to wait a minute or two so he doesn't burn the roof of his mouth.
This was REALLY really good. I think the crust would have been crispier if I had worked harder at wringing the water out of the cauliflower, so keep that in mind if you try it yourself!  And don't forget to let me know how it goes!

That's all for now Spatulettes! Stay tuned for next time!


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