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Monday, January 6, 2014

Clean Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

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As a fellow clean eater and a human, I get cravings for foods that shouldn't necessarily enter my home. As I was walking around the grocery, I saw a fresh "bake at home" pizza sitting in the display. I immediately started wishing I could take it home and pop it into my oven. I made a better choice though, I decided to make my own version - clean, gluten-free and considered paleo-friendly if you are into that. Here is the recipe:





Clean Cauliflower Pizza Crust
as created by The Lucky Penny Blog


Ingredients:

1 small-medium head of cauliflower or 3 cups of cauliflower florets, stems removed. 
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried basil (additionally crushed between your fingers)
1/2 tsp dried oregano (additionally crushed between your fingers)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup organic, shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup organic, shredded Parmesan cheese
1 egg



Instructions:

1. Wash and dry your cauliflower. Pat dry to remove any additional liquid. Cut the cauliflower into florets (the top part) and remove the majority of the stem.
2. Pulse in a food processor for approximately 30 seconds until you create something resembling cauliflower snow. This will serve as your "flour" for the recipe. It should yield from 2-3 cups of "snow."
3. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 4 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. If you are using a pizza stone, place the stone in the oven so that it can heat to temperature before you will put your crust on it. 
5. Once your cauliflower has cooled (it will be a few minutes), place it in a tea towel and wring it out to remove excess water. Watch out - there will be a lot of water! You will want to do this over the sink!
6. In a bowl, combine cauliflower, spices, and cheese. Add egg and combine to a "dough ball" using your hands.
7. Place dough onto a piece of parchment paper sprayed with olive oil. Begin forming the dough into a round pizza shape. Dough should be approximately 1/2 inch thick with no thin spots or overly thick spots.
8. Take parchment paper and dough and move to pizza stone or pizza pan. Bake in oven for approximately 8-10 minutes until cauliflower is a light golden brown.
9. Remove pan and crust from oven and add any toppings you would like to put on it - sauce, cheese, meat, veggies, etc. (we used a clean soppresatta).  
10. Once you have put your toppings on your pizza, bake it in the oven for about 5-7 more minutes until cheese begins to bubble.
11. Let pizza sit for 3-4 minutes to cool. Cut with pizza wheel and enjoy!


This is definitely picky eater approved! Jim LOVED it and he was REALLY skeptical when I told him what I was making. He had already told me what he was going to eat if he didn't like it!


Tiffany

10 comments:

  1. where did you get a clean soppresatta? does that mean its not pork and its turkey or something? lol i did not know that word.
    thanks!

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    1. Felicia,

      A friend's mom made it using lean pork (like from pork chops) and herbs... don't know the recipe :-(

      Tiffany

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  2. I got a food processor for Christmas and this'll be the first thing I make!

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  3. How many people would this serve? Enough for me and my hubs?

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    1. Absolutely! It should serve anywhere from 2-4 people depending on your sides!

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  4. I found that the crust really sticks to the surface, even with olive oil on the pan. Has anyone else had this problem? Other than that... delicious! !!

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  5. Did you use the parchment paper? Don't take it off until it's done cooking!

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  6. I know this is a crazy question these days, but is there an option for using the oven/stove rather than the microwave for step #3? :)

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  7. Any brand suggestions for organic cheese?

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  8. I found a clean sopressata at sprouts along with some organic cheese ☺️ This turned out delicious!

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