Meatless Monday - Crazy Good Cauliflower Pizza

Crazy Good Cauliflower Pizza Yes, you read this title right.  Can you believe that this vegetable can double as a pizza crust? One of my favorite healthy chefs, Nancy Waldeck, chef, partyologist and the author of Taste and Savor...

Crazy Good Cauliflower Pizza
Crazy Good Cauliflower Pizza

Yes, you read this title right.  Can you believe that this vegetable can double as a pizza crust?

One of my favorite healthy chefs, Nancy Waldeck, chef, partyologist and the author of Taste and Savor web-site and cookbook, shared this recipe in last week’s The Friday 4 – her weekly blog sharing ideas for healthy alternatives.  Nancy takes great care to help folks make healthy choices in their foods and choices. She teaches you how to season with fresh herbs, make your own stocks to monitor salts and preservatives and gives you great new ideas on substitutions that will add flavor and punch in a new way.

As an alternative crust for a pizza, the one-and-only Nancy Waldeck suggested Cauliflower.  Leave it up to our Nancy for some great ideas!

Fresh Cauliflower
Fresh Cauliflower

Crazy Good Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cauliflower, pulsed in a food processor so it looks like crumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup skim Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

  1. Steam the cauliflower in the microwave until soft about 1 – 2 minutes.
  2. Set aside to cool.
  3. When cooled, place in a kitchen towel and squeeze out all liquid.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Mix the cauliflower with the egg, cheeses, salt, peppers and oregano.
  6. Pat into a flat round on a piece of parchment paper placed on top of a sheet tray.
  7. Bake about 10 minutes or until the “crust” is set.
  8. Take this “dough” out of the oven and add the toppings of your choice and return to the oven for 5 – 10 minutes.
  9. Watch and wait for browning, and you could use the broiler to help get this toasty.

Topping Choices:

--Nancy loves alternatives beyond the expected and with this she suggests sautéed fennel, red onions, peppers and then the addition of some Kalamata olives.

--She also offers to make yours a Mediterranean Pizza topped with capers, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and garlic.

--I love my Pesto Pizza alternative.  Here is a link to an earlier blog that uncovers my Passion for Pesto.

Easy Tomato Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • Sea Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan.
  2. Cook the onions over medium heat until transparent.
  3. Add the wine and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Then add in tomatoes, the dried oregano and a healthy sprinkle of black pepper and sea salt.
  5. Cook over medium heat for about 20 – 30 minutes.
  6. Stir in the fresh herbs at the very end.
  7. Dress this sauce over your Cauliflower Pizza “dough”.
  8. Top as you would like with cheeses and any other toppings of your choice.
  9. These might include fresh Mozzarella, mushrooms, peppers, onions, roasted garlic

Thanks for sharing these recipe ideas Nancy!  Now, I hope you are willing to try this alternative crust to your homemade pizza.  Let me hear from you!