Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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My hubby and I spent the weekend at the lake working on remodeling our hall bath. My munchkins were only there for part of the weekend due to activities at home. I got to cook a romantic dinner on Friday night and then a fun, supreme pizza on Saturday night.  I am sharing the recipe for the pizza crust with you. It is made from CAULIFLOWER! The edges were nice and crispy, the flavor was amazing and the veggies were the bomb! I will confess that the slices had to be eaten with a fork. The crust is not strong enough to hold up and eat like regular pizza. I consider this a small sacrifice to pay in order to eat a low carb version of pizza. TOTALLY worth it! Here is the recipe for the crust.

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 large eggs, beaten

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place a pizza stone or large cookie sheet in the oven to heat up.

Place the cauliflower pieces in a food processor and pulse until a small rice-like texture is achieved. Pour the cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. You can spread it out on a paper towel to decrease the cooling time.

Once cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in a clean, dry kitchen towel. Squeeze the water out of the cauliflower. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze and then squeeze some more! You want to get as much water out as possible. USE your muscles! Place the DRY cauliflower in a clean, dry bowl. Add the cheeses, seasonings and eggs. Combine well.You should have a ball of cauliflower dough in your bowl now.

Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper and spread out with your hands to form a circle. Press it as thin as you can.  1/4 inch thick will give you the nice, crispy edge. Remove the pan from the oven and CAREFULLY move the parchment paper with the crust onto the hot pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a nice golden brown.

Once golden brown, remove the crust from the oven and top with your favorite pizza sauce, cheese, veggies, meat and more cheese and return it to the oven until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is even browner…about 12-18 minutes. Sprinkle fresh parmesan on the pizza right out of the oven and enjoy!!  DEEEEEELICIOUS!

Secrets to ease and flavor:fullsizerender-105I cheated and used prepackaged cauliflower from Green Giant. You can find it in the produce section of your grocery store. This saved a significant amount of time for me. I also used Penzeys Frozen Pizza Seasoning instead of Italian seasoning. The pizza seasoning and the crushed red pepper really gave it an authentic pizza taste. I order my Penzey spices online at http://www.penzeys.com since they do not have stores in Tulsa. Love my Penzeys spices!! Check them out!  Got a little tickled because I found my pizza slice looking back at me when I started eating….holy jalapeno!fullsizerender-106

Just heated up the leftovers for lunch today. STILL yummy! Heated up the pizza stone, placed the leftover pizza, still on the parchment paper, and heated until cheese was bubbling on the top. =) Had the pleasure of sharing it with my middle munchkin before he headed to school this afternoon. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!

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Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Nothing says love like cinnamon chocolate sugar cookies! Here is a sweet little recipe to enhance your hump day. These can be rolled out and cut into fun shapes or just formed into a ball and then rolled in sugar for fun little sweet treats.These are GREAT with an ice-cold glass of milk. I even think they would be perfect for home-made ice cream sandwiches. =)choco-cookie-w-milk-1-of-1

Chocolate Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks of butter (room temperature)

1 cup of white sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 cups of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup of cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter with the paddle attachment of a mixer until creamy. Add the sugar and mix for about a minute. Scrape down the bowl well and mix again for about 30 seconds. Don’t mix too long. You don’t want this to be an airy batter.
  2. Add the egg and mix on low. Scrape down the bowl and mix again.
  3. Add the vanilla and give it a quick spin, not too long.
  4. In a separate bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. You can sift them or use a whisk and combine them well together.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix on low just until the dough comes together and sticks to the paddle attachment.
  6. Place parchment paper on a 2 large cookie sheets. Divide dough into half and place one half on each cookie sheet. Cover with more parchment paper and roll out flat. I like my cookies thin so I roll it out pretty thin. Keep in mind you do have to move them from the parchment paper cookie sheet to the cookie sheet you are going to bake them on. After you have rolled them out, leave them covered and place them in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  7.  Remove the dough from the fridge and cut out your shapes. Place the cookies on the other cookie sheet and return to the fridge for at least 10 minutes more.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350.
  9. Remove the cookies from the fridge and cook for 8-12 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack. Cool to room temperature and then feel free to decorate.mini-cookies-1-of-1

 

Options:

  1. If you don’t want to cut out shapes you can make simple sugar cookies.Roll  the dough into tablespoon sized balls and then roll in a bowl of white sugar, coating the whole ball. Place onto cookie sheet and flatten with a the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake the same way. As pictured above.
  2. Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar, jimmies, sprinkles etc before baking for a little variety.
  3. If you do not like cinnamon you can just leave it out or replace it with a teaspoon of instant coffee (the powder, not brewed) to deepen the flavor of the chocolate.

I made these for my parents and my in-laws for Valentine’s Day along with a home-made Valentine’s card. Spread the love friends!watts-cookie-1-of-1