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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