March 15, 2016
I have been craving pizza all week, but I still want to be good…so I decided to research low carb and low cal options for homemade pizza.
My sister, who is a total health nut, is the one who makes Cauliflower Pizza and I asked for her recipe. Luckily, she is so wonderful, she obliged 😉 And honestly, this was beyond tasty and super satisfying for being under 600 calories for the entire pizza! Can you believe it? I mean, it isn’t real pizza, but it tastes really good!! So good in fact, I ate the entire pizza and I did not feel guilty at all for the splurge. The best part is it is gluten free! I hope everyone tries this recipe – let me know what you decide to put on it or do differently.
- One Cauliflower (medium sized)
- 1/4c Parmesan Cheese – finely chopped
- 1/4c Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese – finely chopped
- 1 Egg (Whites and yolk)
- Spices: 1tsp Italian Seasoning, 1/2tsp Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper and red pepper flake to taste
Make sure you put your pizza stone in the upper half of your oven and preheat to 450 degrees. If you do not have a pizza stone, you can just use a baking sheet – leave it in the oven to heat up like the stone.
Break down the cauliflower into smaller florets (what a great word) and place in small batches into your food processor (depending on size of your processor) and pulse until you get this cool couscous size pearls of cauliflower.
Place all the cauliflower pearls into a microwave safe dish, covered with a paper towel and heat for 4 minutes. Let the cooked pearls cool off for a bit, will be easier to do the next step, I promise! (I was so hungry…I couldn’t wait and may have burned myself a few times. oops)
Once the cauliflower has cooled a bit, transfer into a clean kitchen towel and start ringing it out to get as much of the moisture and liquid out of the cauliflower. Use all of your strength on this one! Seriously, the more moisture you are able to get out the better. I think the next time I try this recipe I would transfer the cauliflower to a second dry towel, to try to get even more moisture out. Now, you have created Cauliflower pulp. Transfer this pulp into a separate bowl and combine the cheese and seasoning together with your hands. Once combined, add the egg and continue to mix with your hands. You have now created cauliflower pizza dough!
Add parchment paper onto a pizza paddle or cutting board and spray with non stick spray (I use the olive oil based one and seems to work well). Now, transfer your cauliflower pizza dough onto the the sprayed parchment paper and press down firmly with your hands to create your crust. Make sure the crust is even and not too thick.
Now, transfer your crust with the parchment paper gently to the pizza stone and bake for about 10mins, until the crust starts to get golden in color. Next time I try this recipe I want to try flipping it over and baking the other side until gold brown to try to get a firmer crust.
Remove the crust from the oven and add your toppings. I used my favorite tomato sauce and mozzarella (I do not recommend using fresh mozzarella because you don’t want too much moisture or it will make the pizza soggy, I will try to find a smoked mozzarella for next time). Carefully, place back into the oven until your cheese is brown and bubbly then remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, cut and serve with fresh basil!
Seriously, such an amazing gluten free, low carb and low calorie pizza option and so flavorful! I highly recommend this recipe! And I think next time I want to try it with fresh pesto, smoked mozzarella and heirloom cherry tomatoes. More pictures to follow! Enjoy!