I don’t know about you but my family LOVES pizza Friday! It is on our menu board each week and always a favorite in our house. I think part of the ritual in our house was it became one night a week that we didn’t need to think out “what’s for dinner” the other part would be…well who doesn’t like pizza?! However eating pizza (or out in general) can take a toll on not only your wallet but your waistline and both of these are something I am working on keeping a better eye on this year. I have seen Cauliflower crust pizza on Pinterest and Instagram a lot; however, I have been skeptical as I am sure some of you are. How can you make something that is most of our guilty pleasure food into something that you don’t have to feel so bad about eating? And… will it even work??
I decided to make this pizza this Friday because my daughter and I were having friends over, one of our very favorite local mother-daughter combos and I love testing recipes on new people! My boys were out of the house on a camp out for cub scouts and my husband was super jealous because he actually likes being my guinea pig. The nice thing about this pizza is that you don’t have to feel bad about all the wine you drink while chatting with your mom friends (life is all about balance after all, right?).
If you live in an area that has access to a Trader Joe’s a lot of the work is done for you, they sell riced cauliflower in the fresh and frozen produce section of the store. The other option if you cannot get the riced cauliflower is getting a head of cauliflower, chopping it into florets and pulsing them in your food processor. This step really doesn’t take that long, but when I can get a bag of it already done for me – trust me I am taking the short cut! You then steam off your cauliflower. I do this in the microwave, and I know there is some controversy about to microwave or not but for the time being I still do, it makes things quicker and simpler. I use one of these steamers from Pampered Chef (can be found here) which makes the whole process take about 3 minutes. Then I allowed the cauliflower to cool because the most important step in the process is squeezing out ALL the excess moisture in order to get the crispy crust you are looking for! I just use a dish towel for that step and think about my Italian grandmother every time.
Then you add a few quick ingredients to help your cauliflower crust to bind and mix it like you would any dough, with your best kitchen tools you got, those hands! You then press out your dough onto a pan lined with parchment paper or you can use a Slipat mat which I happen to love because it is reusable and works awesome for non stick baking. You can find them here on Amazon.
The other step that makes a huge difference is the initial baking of the crust, this is necessary prior to adding toppings. This process makes the crust crispy so it can stand up to be sliced and held like a normal piece of pizza. Let me just tell you, I am a believer and that was not just the wine talking, this pizza was delicious! I am also sharing my super simple non cook pizza sauce as well so you my friends can enjoy you pizza FriYAY without the guilt (and with the wine)! Enjoy.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
-1 package of riced cauliflower or 1 head of cauliflower florets “riced” (or pulsed until the texture of rice in a food processor)
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese
-1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
-1 tsp dried basil
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tsp onion powder
Steam your cauliflower. I use the microwave method for 4 minutes and strain. Allow cauliflower to cool, then place in a clean dish towel and squeeze out all the excess moisture. Add egg, cheese and spices to the cauliflower and mix until combined into a dough. Spread onto a lined cookie sheet and bake at 475 for 20-25 minutes. Top with your favorite ingredients and bake just until cheese is melted about 5 minutes. Allow to rest about 5 minutes and enjoy!
No cook pizza sauce
-1 can crushed tomatoes
-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-2 tsp basil
-1 tsp onion powder
-1 tsp garlic powder
Open can of crushed tomatoes and placed in strainer over bowl, stir with spacula until moisture has been released from tomatoes. Place strained crushed tomatoes into another bowl and add all other ingredients and mix until combined. No need to cook the pizza oven will do just that for you!
Let me know what you think if you try this!