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Tasty Tuesdays: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Guys! My gluten-free troubles are solved. I’ve long bemoaned the fact that I’m not much of a baker (just too precise and scientific for this cook who flies by the heels of her stilettos) so my gluten issues have really put a cramp on my pizza indulging. I’ve found a handful of local grub spots with gf offerings but sometimes I’d rather stay home and make my own pizza. Enter the cauliflower pizza crust – drum roll please! This pizza crust is so tasty that J asks for it instead of regular glutenous crust, it’s just that good. Plus, it’s easy as pie (pun totally intended). And as a bonus two-fer, I’ll include my pizza sauce recipe.

For Cauliflower Pizza Crust (makes two personal pizzas)

What you need:

  • 1 head cauliflower – stem removed, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. gluten-free flour (optional, to thicken)
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Run the chopped cauliflower through a food processor or blender. Pulse to give it a rice consistency and be careful not to blend it to much (or mush, as the case may be). Transfer to a 3 quart pot, drizzle with olive oil, and put on medium heat. Stir occasionally for 8-10 minutes until tender.

Transfer to mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Grease a large cookie sheet. Divide cauliflower mixture into equal portions and form into pizza crusts on the cookie sheet.

Cauliflower

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Spread with pizza sauce (recipe below). Add toppings of your choice (pre-cook any raw meats) and bake for additional 5 – 8 minutes or until cheese melts.

For Pizza Sauce (makes enough for two personal pizzas)

What you need:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (6 oz) water
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

In a small skillet over medium heat sauté garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomato paste, water, and seasonings. Mix well. Reduce to medium low heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add seasonings to taste if needed.

And there you have it! Super easy, super delicious, super-gluten-free-pizza dinner to the rescue. In fact, I think I’ll whip up a spicy bbq chicken pizza tonight!

Pizza

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8 comments on “Tasty Tuesdays: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

  1. cooking with audrey
    March 25, 2014

    i simply MUST try this… i’ve been saying i want to forever now and it’s just time to DO IT!

    • Audrey
      March 25, 2014

      Please do! And let me know how goes. Cauliflower is so versatile and having it this way really is delicious. 🙂 And hello to a fellow Audrey – seems like we’re few and far between so I get excited whenever I meet someone with the same name!

      • cooking with audrey
        March 25, 2014

        HELLO AUDREY!!! you’re the first other blogger named audrey that i’ve met. let’s be friends! 😉

      • Audrey
        March 25, 2014

        Deal!!

  2. storiesbywilliams
    March 26, 2014

    Really? And it has a good consistency and all that?

    • Audrey
      March 26, 2014

      It’s not bread-like or fluffy. More dense but the taste is great and if you let it cool properly you can still pick up a slice and eat it. 🙂

      • storiesbywilliams
        March 26, 2014

        That’s exactly what I’m looking for, density! Pizza night is a regular thing here at our house, but the damn bakery that made the best gluten-free crusts in town shut down! There are others, but they are simply not as good. So we’re looking for a substitute that can fill the void in our hearts… and bellies!

        Also, as a further middle finger to our gluten-free way of life now, the bakery that makes the awesomest single-serving gf cheesecakes can’t seem to get its head out of its ass and make a delivery to our neck of the woods. What’s wrong with these people?! Don’t they know this is how we’re all likely to be eating soon???

  3. Denise Hisey
    March 26, 2014

    You are a GF goddess! 🙂
    Looks super delicious!

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