We are PIZZA people. I mean do you know anyone who doesn’t like pizza? Comeeee on! But regular pizza is essentially fast food despite my many years of trying to equate it to something a little healthier. The reality is with the fat to carbohydrate ratio, combined with the sugar hidden in the crust, the sauce and the toppings– pizza is not so good for you. Cue sad emoji.
BUT- Cauliflower pizza is a great substitute. Now, now….I had my reservations, too. It’s not a New York slice by any means, but it is truly delicious. In fact, I can successfully state that the one I made tonight is in our belly’s with not a crumb to spare.
Here’s what you need:
- Pizza Stone (You can order one here or checkout your local TJ Maxx or Homegoods)
- Food Processor (ours is DeLonghi, but you can use whichever one is best for you!)
- A clean dish towel
- 1 Head of Organic Cauliflower
- 1 Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/2 Cup or so of Pizza Sauce or Tomato Sauce
- 1 Clove of Fresh Minced Garlic
- 1 Organic Egg
- 1/2 TSP Italian Seasoning (I used parsley, oregano, garlic, pepper and salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon himalayan pink salt
- Basil for topping and crust, chopped finely
- 1.5 cups or so of shredded organic mozzarella cheese
- Parchment paper
- Optional: meat or veggie toppings of your choice!
- Large Cookie Sheet
- Olive Oil
- Pour yourself a glass of wine to start. Oh maybe that was just me…
- Put pizza stone in oven while it is at room temperature and then pre-heat oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash cauliflower and chop up, place in food processor and pulse until it is the consistency of rice or cous cous.
- Open a clean dish towel and pour contents of food processor onto towel.
- Fold contents up in towel and squeeze trying to remove as much water from the cauliflower as possible.
- In a large bowl, add the cauliflower, parmesan, Italian seasoning or my version above, some basil, minced garlic, some black pepper and pink salt, egg. Mix until the mixture flattens and sticks together.
- Take a baking sheet and flip it upside down so the bottom is facing up. Place parchment paper on top of it and drizzle olive oil over it. Sprinkle pink salt over oil.
- Place mixture on top of olive oil and then flatten into a thin crust.
- Dab with paper towels to remove any more moisture from cauliflower.
- Place just the parchment paper with uncooked crust directly on pizza stone and cook for 15 minutes.
- Take parchment paper out but leave stone in oven.
- Put sauce and cheese (or additional toppings) on pizza crust and cook for additional 4 minutes.
- Take entire pizza stone out and let cool, top with fresh basil and seasoning/toppings of your choice (we drizzled balsamic glaze over it- it was delicious!)
Here’s to a healthy and happy you! xo