I was watching some late morning talk show a few weeks ago, and they had a celebrity chef making gluten free pizza. I have no issues with gluten, but "gluten free" is trendy, and I was curious to see what he had to share. He made a delicious looking pizza dough with cauliflower! "How?", you ask. Well, I did some research, and it turns out that this is a common recipe for low-carb lovers, and those on the Paleo diet. I looked at several recipes, and thought I'd give it a shot.
My version is gluten free, and has no cheese, instead I substituted nutritional yeast, but you can use mozzarella or parmesan, if you like. I must say it's absolutely delicious. I had leftovers, and the next day I heated up my remaining pizza in a frying pan and cracked an egg over it. Holy vegetarian deliciousness! Super yummy! Basically it's a very simple recipe. The only minor labor-intensive part is straining the boiled cauliflower in cheese cloth, but other than that, it's a snap!
· 1 head of cauliflower
· 2 whole eggs & 1 egg white
· 1 Tablespoon almond flour
· 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed (this is optional, but it gives it a wonderful chewy texture)
· 3 tablespoon nutritional yeast (or cheese if you wish)
· 1-2 chopped garlic cloves (I love garlic, so I used 2)
· ¼ teaspoon dried basil and oregano (each)
· 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
· 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
First, clean your cauliflower and chop into bite-sized pieces. Next, put it in the food processor and pulse it until it resembles "snow". You want to get rid of any chunks. Then put your cauliflower "snow" into a pot of boiling water for about 4 minutes.
My technique was gathering the ends of the cheese cloth, and pressing my spatula against the cloth to drain all the water out. Once the dough is sufficiently dry, get rid of the excess water in the bowl, and put the cauliflower in there. Now, we get cookin!
Then increase your oven temp to 400 degrees, and bake with toppings for another 10-15 minutes.