You may have heard that cauliflower is the new kale. Fine dining restaurants as well as health food establishments seem to be embracing it not only as a veggie side dish, but also as an alternative to carbs! Take, for example, the “faux” bread loaf, aka whole roasted cauliflower. It’s beautiful and looks like a whole loaf of freshly roasted bread, but it’s actually spiced roasted cauliflower!
Another favorite is, of course, pizza crust made from cauliflower. Not only is it naturally gluten-free, but it isn’t grain-based like many other gluten-free pizza alternatives. Cauliflower also contains phytonutrients, antioxidants, fiber and a bunch of vitamins. Not bad for pizza! This recipe is a relatively easy one and involves grating or processing the cauliflower florets into a cauliflower “rice”, which you can actually use as a substitute for rice in other dishes (e.g. fried rice). Who knew cauliflower could be so versatile? Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Oven Heaven
INGREDIENTS (makes one 6-8 inch pizza):
1 medium head of cauliflower
2 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Cheese and pre-cooked toppings of your choice
1) Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2) Grate the cauliflower florets (not the stems) into a bowl. You can also pulse the florets in the food processor.
P.S. no need to waste the stems – toss them with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at the same time you’re baking your crust for a yummy side dish for later!
3) Steam / microwave the cauliflower ‘rice’ for about 4 -5 minutes. Let cool slightly.
4) Pour the cooked cauliflower rice onto a clean tea towel, and wring it as hard as you can. You may need to use waterproof oven mits if it is still hot. You want to get as much water as you can out of the rice, to ensure the pizza holds together.
5) Dump the cauliflower ‘flour’ into a bowl, and add in the rest of your ingredients.
6) Combine well, adding less or more flour so it resembles a dough you can work with. The consistency should resemble a thick oatmeal.
7) On a greased baking pan (greased with oil) or spring-form cake pan, dump the dough and pat it out into a 6-8 inch circle, of about 1/2 inch thick.
8) Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 -15 minutes (depending on the thickness, you may need to bake longer), until the edges have firmed up and become golden brown.
9) Remove from the oven, and place your sauce, cheese and toppings, and return to the oven for about 5 minutes.