Pizza – without the traditional crust

Wha????? No crust???

We had pizza this weekend.  We had pizza without the bread crust this weekend.  We had pizza with a different type of crust this weekend.   We had the best Cauliflower Crust Pizza!   Watching our carb intake this was such a wonderful alternative and you know what?  it was so good!   Hubby really liked it.  We will be having this again, real soon!

And since I am such a dunce and did not take pictures, you will just have to make it to see what it looks like!  Sorry…..

Here are the ingredients we used, but you can top it just like any other pizza – use your imagination and top it off with whatever you like.

1 head (small head) cauliflower

1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I used the kind in the can you use on spaghetti)

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese (I used the low fat shredded kind)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp garlic powder

red pepper flakes – to taste – or optional to leave out but we didn’t and so glad we didn’t

1 whole egg

Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees.  On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil (I just brushed mine with olive oil).

Wash and thoroughly dry a small head of cauliflower.   Make sure you get a smaller head of cauliflower or you will wind up with more than you need.  You need about 2 cups of “cauliflower snow”.  cut off the florets only – you don’t want much of the stem.  Pulse in your food processor until you have a powdery snow like cauliflower.  You will end up with about 2-3 cups of the pulsed cauliflower snow.  Place it in a microwave bowl and microwave for 4 minutes.  Then dump it in a tea towel, let it cool a bit,  and squeeze out any excess water.  It will then be sort of clumped once you squeeze the water out of it. This ensures you get a crust like pizza crust instead of it being crumbly.

Then dump it into a bowl, add the parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, kosher salt, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, and the dash of red pepper flakes if using these.  Add the egg and mix using hands – they mix it better.  Form into a crust and press down on to the parchment paper forming it tight into a circle, rectangle, or whatever shape you want.  Don’t make it too thick or thin.  You will be able to tell.

Slide the formed crust on the parchment paper onto the heated baking sheet or stone.  Bake for 8-11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown.  Remove from oven.  Add however much sauce (we used a low carb (or a healthy heart) sauce to ours – and then whatever toppings you want – His side had some chopped ham, sliced onions, cheese – my side had some turkey sausage, onions, cheese.  Next time, I will put some bell peppers, mushrooms on mine.  We were more about tasting that crust this go-around!  top it with more cheese and put back in the oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly and golden.   let it cool for just a couple of minutes before cutting.

I assure you, this is a great alternative for those who need to count carbs (diabetics, gluten tolerance) as it was yummy!

Have a great week everyone!

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