I’m into week 2 of my no wheat challenge. It’s actually been easier than I thought. I’ve realized how often I eat mindlessly while giving my kids some crackers or just out of boredom. I’m not sure why it seems easier to eat a handful of crackers than a handful of carrots or almonds, but for some reason the crackers used to win out. Not now.
I do, however, love pizza. It’s my favorite. If pizza and Mt. Dew were health foods, I’d be the healthiest person on the planet. 😉 At our house we have Friday Family Fun Night, and we almost always order pizza. I can’t do that and stick with my no wheat policy, so I need some alternatives. This past Friday we didn’t have our weekly tradition, because we drove to my parents’ house for the weekend. On Saturday morning, however, my Mom and I had a conversation that went a little bit like this:
Mom: Do you want to try an experiment?
Me: Sure! … Well, maybe? What did I just agree to?
Mom: Would you like to try some pizza crust made from cauliflower? I’ve seen several recipes, but I haven’t tried it yet.
Me: Let’s do it!
And we did! Or, I should clarify, my Mom made the crust. I just stood around taking pictures. And then I went outside to help my kids on an Easter egg hunt. And then I came back inside and took a few more pictures.
And the pizza turned out really, really good! Really! Maybe it was one of those deals where my expectations were so low that it would have to be absolutely horrible in order for me to not like it. But, I’m pretty sure it was just tasty, and I’d like to make it again sometime.
We used a recipe from Closet Cooking. Many others have similar recipes. Feel free to experiment with your own!
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
1 Medium Head Cauliflower
1 Large Egg
1/2 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp. Oregano or Italian blend seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
Pizza toppings of your choice.
Rice or finely chop the cauliflower. To get the moisture out of the cauliflower, microwave for 6 to 8 minutes. Then dry with a towel or paper towel.
Mix the seasoning, egg, cheese and cauliflower.
Press into a greased pizza pan. [**See UPDATE below.]
Bake at 450 for 12 to 15 minutes. If you double the recipe cook 15 to 20 minutes. Add your toppings and baked again until the toppings are heated and cheese is melted.
It really was good! It tasted like a thin crust pizza. It will be something I try again, for sure! It’s a great option for those who are watching their carb intake or need gluten free recipes. Who knew cauliflower could make crust?
So, I made this crust again and realized I originally had the wrong recipe! Oops! I took a picture of a recipe on my Mom’s computer, and it was the wrong one. I made the one I had originally posted, and it was not as delicious. Maybe I had too high of expectations this time, but really, I think the different spices make a big difference.
I did experiment with using a baking stone instead of a regular pan, and the crust was not as mushy. Here’s what I did:
Place your baking stone in the oven while your oven preheats. This gets the stone nice and warm.
When your “dough” is prepared, spread it out on parchment paper. Then place the parchment paper onto the stone. Bake as stated above.
This cooked my crust much more evenly. Although, the mushy crust might have tasted better, so I’m not convinced it’s the way to go. I’ll have to keep experimenting!
Cori is a wife, mom of three and random writer who is learning how to take small steps towards big goals. She tends to be an all-or-nothing kind of person, but a journey to learn how to run (something she always hated) has taught her a lot about gradual, slow change. She even eats cauliflower pizza crust now. 😉