Did someone say pizza?!? I don’t eat gluten and so I haven’t had a regular pizza in many years. Somewhere from the back of my mind, however, I recalled reading on the blogosphere that a crust could be made from cauliflower. I know, sounds crazy, but go with me on this one.
The ingredients for the crust are simple: cauliflower, onion, garlic, almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, and corn meal.
You start by putting your cauliflower in the food processor until it gets worked down:
I then sauteed the cauliflower bits with some onion and garlic for flavor and put it in a large bowl. I mixed in almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, and corn meal and got this dough that actually had the consistency of real dough (this is half the batch):
I spread it out on a parchment-lined baking tray and pre-baked it before adding any toppings:
Oops, there were still some big pieces of cauliflower in the crust:
After baking it for 20 minutes, I took it out of the oven, added tomato sauce, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, oregano, nutritional yeast, and almond “parmesan cheese” (made from food-processed almonds, nutritional yeast, and garlic powder), baked it again, and got this:
Oh yeah, baby, this was as good as any “real” pizza that I remember eating.
I made a second pizza a few days later with fewer toppings and served with a salad for dinner:
- 1/2 head of large cauliflower, cut into florets (about 3 cups)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
- 2 tablespoons corn meal
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place the cauliflower florets into a food processor and process until completely broken down into the consistency of rice. Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the cauliflower “rice,” onion, and garlic for several minutes or until softened. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower mixture, almond flour, flax meal, baking powder, garbanzo bean flour, and corn meal. Using your hands, form the mixture into a dough ball and then flatten out on the baking sheet into a pizza shape. You can either make one large pizza or two medium ones. You can refrigerate half of the dough for up to several days if you want to make one at a time.
- Bake the crust for 20 minutes or until it starts to become crisp on the outside. Remove from the oven and add toppings. Bake again at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
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