Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Hi Y'all!
In the spring, the hubs had planted a garden. We had all kinds of wonderful things growing, and it inspired us to start eating better and trying our best to know where our food comes from. He grew corn, kale, two types of lettuce, several types of beans, squash, zucchini, and of course basil.  Once the Texas heat hit, our pretty little garden died.. We are still all about eating fresh organic fruits and veggies, but growing our own will have to wait till it cools off some.
Luckily for us we found this awesome place that does co-op style produce baskets. Urban Acres not only has a store in the DFW area, but they deliver produce baskets every two weeks to a little organic market in our area. We just got our second basket from them this past Friday, and got some kale, butternut squash, cauliflower and lots of other goodies.
The hubs and I both agree that we do not like cauliflower that much, but do not want to be wasteful. I had seen cauliflower pizza crust going around on pinterest awhile back and thought that would be the perfect solution for our cauliflower!
I made a kale pesto sauce for our pizza (look for that recipe soon!), and our toppings included: red onion, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, kalamata olives and arugula.
You can put whatever you want on your pizza though! =)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
1 cup cauliflower crumbs
2 egg whites
1 cup cheese (I used cheddar)
1 tsp cilantro or oregano
1 tsp. minced garlic or garlic powder
Parmesan cheese, if desired
pizza toppings of your choice

I used a whole head of cauliflower. Wash your cauliflower and pat it dry. Be sure to have it dried completely; otherwise your crust will be mushy. Chop the cauliflower into small pieces and tossed them into your food processor and processed it until it is crumb like.

Once you are done, place the cauliflower in a microwave safe dish and put it in the microwave for about 7-8 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
Grab a pizza pan and spray it with a non-stick spray. If you don’t have a pizza pan, you can use a cookie sheet like I did, just line it with wax paper and spray it lightly with a non-stick spray..
It will stick if you don’t!
In a medium bowl, combine the cauliflower, egg whites, cheese, oregano and garlic.
Press evenly in the pan. Make sure you get it mushed down real well on all sides. If you are using a cookie sheet, make the best circle you can... It does not have to be pretty to still taste good!
Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top of your crust.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Check it after 15 min, if it still seems a little dough like in the middle, put it in for another 3-5 min.
Remove the pan from the oven. Add your sauce, toppings and cheese.
Place under a broiler for about 30-60 seconds, just until the cheese is melted.
Eat and Enjoy!
What is your least favorite veggie?

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