Today on the blog we're featuring my gurl Alyssa, one of my best friends & cauliflower pizza crust extraordinaire! She isn't a blogger or dietitian, just a good friend who's doing her best to eat a little healthier, and I think she's doing a damn good job of it. Alyssa has mastered the cauliflower pizza crust and we want to give you her secrets just in time for Superbowl Sunday! We're serving up junk-food-gone-healthy come game day.
I've seen her in action & this gal knows what she's doing. She uses a pizza stone, but you can easily do this with some parchment paper & cookie sheets. She also goes light on the cheeses and doesn't add in any extra salt because she knows that she gets enough salty bite from the cheese in the crust and any more she might put on top. Here's her crust recipe:
Alyssa's Cauliflower Crust Pizzas
- 1 small head of cauliflower
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (a little less than full)
- 1/4 cup monterey jack cheese (a little less than full)
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 egg
Wash & dry the cauliflower. Cut off the florets & discard the stem. Add the florets to a food processor and pulse until super fine chopped. You should end up with 2-3 cups. Place cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, cover, & microwave for 4 minutes. Dump out onto a paper towel or clean towel and let cool.
Place your cookie sheet or pizza stone into the oven & preheat to 450 degrees F. Wrap the cauliflower in the paper towel or dish towel and wring out as much excess water as possible.
Combine the cheeses, basil, oregano, garlic powder, and cauliflower in a medium bowl. Mix together with a large spatula to combine all ingredients, then add the egg and use hands to form into a ball of dough. Pat the dough gently onto an oiled piece of parchment paper or onto pizza stone. Use hands to form into a pizza crust, roughly 1/4" thick.
Slide the parchment onto the preheated cookie sheet if not already on pizza stone. Bake for 8-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven, add toppings, and bake for another 5-7 minutes.
As for the toppings, here's what Alyssa says are her go-to's:
"The first pizza I usually make has broccoli rabe, made with roasted garlic and crushed red pepper, artichoke hearts, sweet Italian sausage, and mozzarella cheese. The cheese is totally optional, great with or without.
Second one is half BBQ Sauce half hot sauce, just lightly drizzled over the crust, fresh kale, artichoke hearts (not marinated), shredded chicken, sautéed mushrooms and onions, and Monterey Jack cheese."
OH HELLO don't those sound delicious? They'd be the perfect addition to your Superbowl Spread, or great stand-alones come dinner time. Make your crust a big rectangle and you've got a flatbread app! Ohhhhh the possibilities.