Of course, this sort of interest has a dangerous side effect. Crazy recipes have a tendency to involve crazy ingredients or methods. I mean seriously, a pizza crust made out of cauliflower? Truly a test for the insane. However, there is a secondary tendency for crazy recipes to be absolutely delicious. And of all the crazy recipes that I have attempted, very few have turned out to be disasters, so I was looking forward to this one.
Of course you are probably concerned about the flavour now, as was I. I mean, I was not expecting this to be a delicious recipe, but one that was at least worth trying. I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised! While the flavour isn't pizza like, it doesn't taste anything like cauliflower either! It's a pleasant hybrid of them both, with its own unique flavour and texture, both of which make this absolutely delicious!
The recipe that I pirated this from, comes from the blog Recipe Girl. While I had never heard or seen her blog before, I'm guessing it's rather popular with its 150 comments a recipe... That tends to bode well as far as delicious food blogs are concerned. And if that didn't give you the hint, her pictures surely will, as they are full of colour and are absolutely beautiful!
The one thing that left me sad about this recipe was that I had to split it with the fiance, and I was definitely still hungry afterwards. So this is a good opportunity to have a caesar salad or some veggies alongside. It would do a good job as an individual pizza however, so if home alone for the night, it may be worth trying!
And please don't be afraid that your family/friends may not enjoy it. EVERY pizza is different, this one just happens to have a unique crust! I know you'll be happy with this one!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
*Of course, remember that the toppings are totally your choice. Have some fun with it!
Cauliflower - 1 head, the bigger the better
Egg - 1
Mozzarella - 1 cup
Parmesan Cheese - a few shakes
Oregano -1 tsp
Garlic - 1-2 cloves, minced
Salt - a healthy pinch
Pepper - a healthy pinch
Tomato Sauce - 1/2 cup
Basil - 1 tsp
Deli Ham - a few slices, shredded
Pineapple - 1/2 cup, roughly chopped
Mozzarella - 1/2 cup
Take a grater and shred the cauliflower into small florets. It should be enough to fill about 2 cups worth of cauliflower. Place these in an microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 8 minutes, then set aside to cool.
Now some will argue that microwaving isn't great for food. I'm not an expert on this by any means, so here is alternative for those that might shy away. Try steaming the cauliflower florets on the stove top before grating. It changes the texture a bit, but it still works!
Preheat the oven to 450F while the cauliflower is cooking/cooling. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or grease with olive oil and set aside.
In a medium sized bowl, add the cooked cauliflower, egg, mozzarella, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Give the whole thing a really good stir together. Pat the crust out on the pan into the desired shape and width, but it makes about 9-12" of pizza. Spray the crust lightly, then place in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
Turn the oven to broil. Add the toppings to the pizza and spread out evenly. Top with the remaining cheese and place back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted on top and ingredients are hot. Remove and serve hot!