Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
by
Katie Lee and Donna Bradbury

Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.  ~Elsa Schiaparelli



We have all been hearing that white flour, white sugar and white pasta are not good for our overall health. Cauliflower is a white vegetable that is absolutely fabulous for our health because it's rich in calcium and vitamin C and it can be used in so many healthy recipes.  Making a pizza crust out of cauliflower instead of flour is much healthier and lower in calories.  The amazing thing about this crust is that no one will know the difference unless you tell them, and why would you do that if they are getting their intake of vegetables? 

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower (2lb), cored and broken into florets 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • pinch of pink himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • olive oil
  • 1 red and 1 orange pepper and a small red onion sliced (or any vegetables you like)
  • 1/2 pepper jack cheese (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Pulse the cauliflower florets in the food processor until fine.  Line a steamer basket with a cotton kitchen towel (not terrycloth); set in a saucepan with 2 inches simmering water.  Add the cauliflower, cover and cook 5-7 minutes.  Drain well in towel, then wring dry in the towel to get out all the moisture.  Let cool.
  2. In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with 1/2 cup mozzarella, the parmesan, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, the garlic powder and eggs.  Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a 10 inch circle to make a pizza crust.  Bake until golden, about 20 minutes.  (I left it in about 30 minutes to get golden).
  3. Saute the peppers and onion in one tbls of olive oil just until soft and set aside.
  4. Spread the marinara sauce on the crust; top with the pepper and onion mixture and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Return to oven and bake and addition 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

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