Yesterday’s dinner, the Jambalaya, was delicious, but very heavy. Today I chose to go much healthier and lighter and made a Cauliflower Pizza.
Cauliflower Pizza is the latest craze-full of veggies, gluten free (depending how you make it), low calorie and delicious. It is definitely not dairy free, however. But, making the crust takes some experimentation. After some trial and error, I’ve come up with this version which we like.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUST:
- 3 x 12 oz. bags of Frozen Green Giant riced cauliflower or broccolli cauliflower
- 2/3 C Chickpea flour (found in the organic section of Giant/Shoprite/Weis, etc.
- 2 Large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 C Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
- 1 Tsp. dried oregano
- 1 Tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 Tsp. dried chili flakes (optional)
Preheat the oven to 400.
Microwave the riced cauliflower according to the directions, cooking each bag separately. When it is done, pour the cauliflower into a tea towel (smooth cotton, not terry) and squeeze out as much water as you can. Put the cauliflower into a large mixing bowl and repeat with the other two bags.
To the bowl add the chickpea flour, two eggs beaten, the cheeses and seasonings. Use your hands if necessary, but make sure it is all mixed thoroughly.
Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, or you could use aluminum foil sprayed with PAM. Spread the mixture out in whatever shape you want, keeping it about 1/2″ thick. You can crimp the edges if you want to make it look like a regular pizza.
Bake the crust in the middle of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until it is browned on top. In this case, I guess I didn’t mix the veggies and cheese very well. The dark spots are just baked cheese. Still tasty in the end.
You can basically use whatever you want, but our favorites are:
- 1 C of pizza/marinara sauce
- 8 mushrooms, sliced thin and pre-cooked
- 3 C spinach/kale, wilted
- 1 small onion, sliced and sauted till just soft
- 1 Yellow onion, sliced and sauted till just soft
- 4 sliced crisp bacon, crumbled
- Turkey pepperoni
- 1 C shredded mozzarella
Put the toppings of your choice on the pizza crust and return to the 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese melts and everything is heated through.
Cut into pieces and serve. Depending on the toppings, you may or may not be able to pick it up to eat, but a knife and fork don’t detract from the flavor.