meatless monday: cauliflower crust pizza

yum courtesy of Eat-Drink-Smile.com

yum courtesy of Eat-Drink-Smile.com

Here’s one more from my cousin’s Pinterest: cauliflower crust pizza. Have been meaning to make this for ages, and I vow to do just that, next week, in San Francisco, for Round 2 of Cookin’ With My Cuz. A regular feature here on Meatless Monday? One can only hope.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
via Eat. Drink. Smile.

1 c. cooked, riced cauliflower
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
olive oil (optional)

pizza sauce, shredded cheese, & your choice of meatless toppings* (SL NOTE: fave toppings: cremini mushrooms, sliced green apple, parmesan, a generous squirt of Sriracha, topped with fresh arugula). 

To “Rice” the Cauliflower:
Take 1 large head of fresh cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, chop the florets into chunks. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater). Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 min. (some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you may need to reduce this cooking time). There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.

One large head should produce approx. 3 c. of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

To Make the Pizza Crust:
Preheat oven to 450. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 c. cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning. Bake for 15 min.

Remove from oven. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 min).

*Note that toppings need to be precooked since you are only broiling for a few min.

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One response to “meatless monday: cauliflower crust pizza

  1. Pingback: Meatless Mondays: Baked Bang Bang Cauliflower - Daily Dish with Foodie Friends Friday~Daily Dish with Foodie Friends Friday

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