Cauliflower Pizza Crust
While Greg and I are not gluten free, we have many customers that are and have asked us about gluten in our products. All of our spices, herbs and seasoning blends are gluten free. We do not add preservatives or anti-caking agents - just the goodness of fresh spices and herbs with some sugar thrown in a few of the seasoning blends for sweetness. We do have one product, Worcestershire Powder that is not gluten free and while it is not a spice, we do carry it for those customers who need it for their BBQ seasonings and rubs.
Gluten free products and recipes are being shared a lot over blog sites that we follow as well as Pinterest. This recipe in particular peaked my interest. A gluten free pizza crust made with cauliflower? Really? Yes, really. Back in the day, I remember a Weight Watchers meeting that the instructor told us that mashed cauliflower tasted the same as mashed potatoes and that if you served it for your holiday dinner - nobody would notice. Hmmmm, I think I would notice. Anyway, I am not going to tell you that this tastes like regular flour dough pizza crust, but it is actually very delicious and holds up well under the weight of pizza toppings. The basic recipe is similar to anything you might find online or in a cook book. I added herbs to mine, but encourage you to try a variety of spices and herbs. Our Pizza Seasoning would be a great choice for this recipe. Spicy, hot, herbs - endless options here.
While many of the meals we prepare are gluten free, this is the first one this my first 'official' gluten free recipe. If you are on a gluten free diet or like me, just want to try something different and delicious, I hope you give this one a try. This recipe and the nutritional information is just for the crust - add the toppings that you like and calculate accordingly.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed of stems and cut into florets
- 3 eggs (1 whole and 2 egg whites or 3/4 cup of egg substitute)
- 1 cups reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 1/2 teaspoon each of Mediterranean Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary
- Salt to taste
- Your choice of toppings
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees
- Boil or steam the cauliflower until it is softened, but not mushy.
- Drain well, really well, mine was a little moist and I think I could have drained a bit more. You can always add a little water later if you need too.
- Put the cauliflower in a food processor and process until smooth
- In a bowl, combine cauliflower, eggs, mozzarella cheese, dried herbs and salt. Mix well.
- Spread mixture in an even layer on a pizza stone or baking sheet sprayed with pan spray. (Not necessary to spray a pizza stone)
- Bake for about 20 minutes until the crust turns a dark, golden brown.
- Remove from oven, add desired toppings and return to oven for 10-12 minutes or just until toppings are heated through and cheese is melted.
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Sat Fat 7g