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Guilt Free Pizza

cauli pizza

Naturally gluten-free, low-carb flourless pizza. Simple recipe that takes less than an hour in total to prepare and serve, a great alternative to regular pizza.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked “riced” cauliflower (one large head of cauliflower makes roughly 6 cups)
1 cup shredded DRY cheese (mozzarella, walnut parmesean or your favorite)
1 egg beaten (or egg replacer for vegans)
1 tsp dried oregano or basil
1/2 tsp chopped or crushed fresh garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Pizza sauce, toppings of your choice (including additional cheese) & olive oil (optional)

Directions:

Cut the cauliflower into four florets, grate each floret with a cheese grater (the largest size grate) into a glass bowl, put in the microwave for 8 minutes. (If you dislike using a microwave you can steam the florets just until they are tender – not too soft – then let them cool, grate them and continue on) Let the grated cauliflower cool off, if it looks too wet use a cheese cloth or paper towel to dry it out. Heat the oven to 450 degrees.

Take 2 cups of the grated cauliflower and mix with 1 egg and 1 cup of dry shredded cheese, add basil or oregano, salt, and garlic. Spread this “cauliflower dough” around a oiled cookie sheet or pizza stone, place in the oven for 15 minutes, or till the edges start to brown.

Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, then add pizza sauce, toppings of your choice ( I used jalapeños, pineapple, shredded mozzarella, mushrooms, meat, basil and Neumans Own Socarroni Sauce) and brush with olive oil. Place back into the oven on broil for 2-3 minutes, or if you do not use a broiler, back at 450 for 5-10 minutes, till browned.

For a crisper pizza, use a pizza stone, broil the crust without its toppings, then broil the pizza again with all toppings.

The only real negative to this pizza is being unable to pick up a piece and eat with your hands,  a fork was necessary, but what a small sacrifice to feed your body something much healthier than traditional pizza.

A few notable alternatives;  Mollie Katzen (the moosewood cookbook) has two really great options, polenta pie and zucchini crusted pizza and Your Lighter Side  has a great spinach crust pizza.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Posted on: November 2, 2013