One of my absolute favorite foods is pizza, but unfortunately its not typically a healthy meal option. However, I learned a cool “cooking hack” to make pizza a bit healthier using cauliflower for the crust. Sounds crazy, but it was actually really good! To make one pizza crust you’ll need:
1 cauliflower head
1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley
s + p to taste
Chop up the cauliflower and put the florets through a food processor or blender to until it resembles a fine crumbly mixture. Transfer to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 10-15 minutes until its very soft. Remove from microwave and let it sit for 15 minutes to cool. Place your cauliflower mix on to a piece of cheese cloth to squeeze out any excess moisture. Make sure to let the cauliflower cool first or else you will risk burning yourself!
Transfer the cauliflower back into the bowl and add the egg, garlic, parsley, and cheese stirring it until it is all combined. I used a Microplane Herb Mill to shred up my parsley, but if you don’t have fresh parsley you could easily use dried. I also buy my garlic pre-minced at the grocery store — so much easier and saves my hands from smelling like garlic for days!
Layer a silicone Silpat mat over a baking sheet and spread the cauliflower mixture out, shaping it into a pizza shape. Since my mat is a square, I was going for more of a “Sicilian” style pizza. Put it in the oven on 450* for 15 minutes or so, until it begins to brown. When you take it out you can add your pizza sauce, cheese, and any other toppings. Then pop it back into the oven with the broiler on until the cheese is melted.
Be careful not to use a sharp knife or pizza cutter on your Silpat mat! You can transfer it to a cutting board to cut, or I just used a blunt butter knife to gently make slices and then pulled them apart — the cauliflower is pretty soft. You wont believe how good this pizza is even without any dough. If you try this out, let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!!
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