Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I've been trying a lot of new recipes lately - healthy recipes - and have found some REALLY delicious ones. My parents have been troopers about trying some of these creations. And quite frankly, I've been nervous about some of them.
This one in particular caused a lot of angst. I am NOT a fan of cauliflower. I don't like it's color, I don't like it's texture, and I most certainly do NOT like it's flavor! So why, you may ask, did I feel like I even wanted to try this? In all honesty...I have NO idea! But I'm so glad I did!
Here's the skinny on this! This is Paula Deen's recipe (surprise!! NO BUTTER!!):

Non-stick spray
2 ½ cups grated cauliflower (about ½ a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup homemade or store bought tomato sauce
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup basil leaves, for garnish

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, or until soften. Remove and let cool. Mix in the egg, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with non-stick spray and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
Top the pizza with the sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.

As you'll see I didn't follow her recipe for toppings exactly, but it was just as good, if not better! I also recently discovered the wonder that is turkey pepperoni! Delicious!! I put that on this pizza as well! If you're feeling a little adventurous and looking for a variation to standard pizza, give this one a whirl.

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