Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

When I first tried making a cauliflower crust pizza, it was a disaster. The crust didn't hold together and didn't even look like a crust. Well, it wasn't that bad because it was still delicious, but it looked more like a cauliflower stew, not a pizza. So after a break, I decided to give it another try (I knew what I did wrong the first time but I was really lazy to make it again). And luckily, it turned out just like I was expecting. The secret? Squeezing as much water out of the cauliflower as possible. Trust me, you will have to do your best here! Otherwise you will end up with a cauliflower stew or salad or whatever but not pizza. Most of you might be wondering if the crust tastes like cauliflower. Well, it would not be truth if I said no. Of course, it's not the same as a normal crust but you can't really taste cauliflower a lot. There are so many ingredients in this pizza and all the flavors don't let the cauliflower stand out. And I love that now I can eat the whole pizza and not worry about the calories. So please follow the directions below and enjoy this guilt-free pizza!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza 

1 large head of cauliflower (1kg)
1 large egg,lightly beaten
50g cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp oil
100g (1 medium) onion, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
180g mushrooms, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp italian herb mix
1 tbsp garlic powder
200g ketchup
100-200g cheese, grated

1) Preheat oven to 200C / 400F. Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.

2) First, cut the cauliflower into small florets. Place in the food processor and process until it looks like rice (I like even smaller bits).

2) Bring a pot of water to boil and add the riced cauliflower. Cook around 4 minutes and drain into a strainer. Once drained and cooled, transfer to a clean kitchen towel. Wrap the cauliflower up into the towel, twist up the ends and squeeze the water out. It must be absolutely dry. 

3) Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl and beat in the egg, add cheese and salt. Mix everything. Divide the mixture into two parts and press each of them onto the baking sheet. (It will not hold together now so you just have to press it down very well. It will stick together after baking).

4) Bake for 20-30 minutes or until it looks dry and the edges are slightly browned.

5) Remove from the oven and top with your favorite toppings. If you like what I did, follow the directions below.

6) In a saucepan, heat oil. Add onion, garlic and saute until soft and browned. Add mushrooms and a pinch of salt. Cover the lid and cook until the mushrooms release their liquid. Uncover and cook until all the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat and set aside.

7) Top the pizza with ketchup, herb mix, garlic powder, cheese and sauteed mushroom/onion/garlic mixture.

8) Return to the oven and bake for additional 5-10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 2 pizzas

Recipe by collecting memories

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