Him: stunned silence.
Me: I'm sorry, did I offend you or something?
Him (with unmistakeable disdain): That's not pizza.
Me: Yeah-huh, just with a healthier crust. I'm so excited to see how it tastes!
Him: Why don't you just put the cauliflower on top?
Me: That wouldn't be any healthier than regular pizza.
Him: Okay well you can't call it pizza...
Me: How 'bout I call it 'Not Pizza' ... would that make you feel better?
Him: Yes because it's not pizza!
this brilliant woman, Beth, created a "pizza crust" made out of cauliflower (yep - cauliflower) that actually tastes good.
And in honor of my pizza-loving friend, I have respectfully been referring to this dish as "Not Pizza," and for not being pizza, it was pretty awesome.
So, like I said, I take no credit for this recipe - you can check out the original I tweaked at Eat. Drink. Smile. But here's what I did:
|Toppings should be quality,|
fresh, and flavorful in this recipe
because you really want them to stand out.
I used fresh mozzarella, basil & arugula.
1 head cauliflower, riced (yields about 3 c. grated/riced)
2 large eggs
About 2 to 2 1/2 c. shredded parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. pizza seasoning (dried oregano, basil)
2 cloves garlic, crushed and sliced
PLUS pizza sauce, shredded cheese, & toppings of your choice. I used fresh mozzarella, fresh sliced basil and arugula. (Heads up: Toppings should already be cooked through since they'll only be under the broiler a few minutes at the end.)
1. Preheat oven to 450F. Grate (using a cheese grater) or rice the cauliflower into a large bowl. Microwave it for about 8-11 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.
2. To the cooked cauliflower add the rest of the crust ingredients and combine.
3. Transfer the "dough" to a greased baking sheet and use your hands to gently press the dough to your desired thickness. I went with about 3/4" thickness. Lightly spray or brush with olive oil.
4. Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
5. When the crust is golden brown, add your sauce, cheese, and toppings, and put under the broiler for about 5 minutes - just long enough for the cheese to get melty and bubbly.
My Rating: 3.75/5
I got a few bites that tasted a lot like cauliflower with pizza sauce on top, but overall thought it was a pretty great guilt-free "Not Pizza!" Would make again.