We are always looking for healthier versions of our favorite foods. Thanks to Knead to Cook we have a new way to make pizza. This recipe is very versatile, you can change the spices and cheese. This is starting to become a monthly staple in our house, this time I decided to use smoked gouda in the crust because we had some leftover from a quiche we made earlier this week.
1 medium-sized head of cauliflower washed and cut with most of the stems removed
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
1/2 cup of grated reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup of grated smoked gouda
1. Place pizza stone in the oven on the bottom rack and heat to 450 degrees. Clean and dry cauliflower. Remove most of the stems and pulse in the food processor until the consistency is fine and fluffy.
2. Cover and microwave the cauliflower for 3 1/2 minutes, let stand for a minute and then spread out on a kitchen towel. Cool the cauliflower until it is around room temperature and easy to handle.
3. One of the keys to a good crust is eliminating moisture. Wring the cauliflower out in a kitchen towel until no more water comes out.
4. Mix the additional ingredients with the cauliflower.
5. Spray a piece of parchment paper with nonstick spray. Form the dough into a round pizza crust, make sure the thickness is even throughout (you can either make a large crust or individual portions). Slide parchment paper onto your preheated pizza stone. Cook for 18-22 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
6. Remove from oven and let cool.
7. One of the nice things about pizza is being able to make it different every time. This was a classic ham and cheese pizza with olives and tomato basil sauce. Put the pizza back in the oven (still at 450 degrees) directly on the pizza stone for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serve and enjoy!
This is a great way to add more vegetables with your diet while still enjoying pizza. What are some of your favorite dishes with added vegetables?