Parmesan Cauliflower Pizza Crust & March Madness

Wednesday, March 26

I’m usually not much of a basketball fan but this year we can’t get enough of March Madness in our house. I blame the fact that UVA was a #1 seed (go Hoos!) and, honestly, we will take any excuse to get competitive.  A little healthy competition is good for every relationship, right? ;) Over the weekend, we spent some time watching games and tracking our brackets. I decided to whip up this delicious and healthy pizza to go along with our basketball & brewskies. Yes, it’s cauliflower….but it is actually quite tasty too!  And it’s the perfect alternative to my favorite calorie-ridden dish (see yesterday’s post about bikini bod, ha). Give it a try!

Parmesan Cauliflower Pizza Crust
recipe adapted from here
1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 egg and 1 egg white

Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil. 

Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Cut off the florets, you don't need much stem. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower "snow". Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover, 4 minutes . Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel. Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess. 
Dumped cauliflower into a bowl. Add ingredients and mix away. Hands tend to work best. Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down thoroughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. 

Using a cutting board slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 - 15 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Go off looks rather than time here. Remove from oven.

Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.

PS: Cauliflower is making a comeback in the Houston area too! Check out this article to see how creative some local restaurants are getting with the veggie. Yum Yum!

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