This week was that special time of the month for me and literally all I wanted was yummy Italian food. Last night we had the labor of love known as zucchini lasagna, which is seriously one of my favorite meals ever.
Last summer my bestie, Savannah, and I found a similar recipe and modified it through trial and error. We wanted the perfect, most easy, delicious cauliflower crust and BOY did we succeed. Seriously, even our dads couldn’t get enough of it.
Today I’m sharing with you my recipe for the perfect … and semi-guilt-free … cauliflower pizza crust.
What You’ll Need:
2 c of cauliflower
1 c of skim mozzarella
1 c of parmesan
1 egg white
2 cloves of garlic (optional)
1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
How You’ll Do It:
1. Preheat oven to 425. Mash cauliflower or break it down in food processor until its completely ‘riced.’
2. In a large mixing bowl add cauliflower, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, egg white, and minced garlic and crushed red pepper if you so please.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray or grease with olive oil. Form the cauliflower mixture into a circular ‘crust.’
4. Bake the ‘crust’ for 15-20 minutes or until the edges start to get crispy and brown.
5. Put on sauce and toppings of choice. I used basil, mushrooms, red onion, and topped with a tiny bit more cheese. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the toppings are cooked to your pleasing.
What You’ll Need to Know:
After making this crust a few times, I have found that it is better to air on the longer side of my cooking recommendations for a few reasons. First the pizza stays together and in tact a little bit better. Also, I just love that slightly charred taste. Don’t burn the pizza by any means, but it is okay to leave it in there a little bit longer. Through trial and error, I have found that steaming the cauliflower first works best. I also suggest patting the cauliflower down with a paper towel after steaming it but before mashing it just to get out any excess water. Trader Joe’s makes a cauliflower ‘rice’ that is great to use too. If you use this just place it in a microwave – safe dish with a little bit of water for a couple of minutes until it softens right up.
Happy eating friends!