Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I included this recipe in my first newsletter for my readers there. I first discovered it on the Obesity Help forums. Pizza crust made from cauliflower? Really? Turns out, it’s pretty darn good.  The original recipe can be found here:

1 cup cooked and riced cauliflower (I used cooked frozen cauliflower and used the grater on my food processor to break it down into a rice-like consistency)
1 large egg
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2tsp fennel (I omitted this but you may wish to use it)
1tsp oregano
2tsp parsley
Sauce for topping (I use Don Pepino’s pizza sauce)
Toppings – in my case I just used mozzarella and pepperoni, going traditional.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees farenheit. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray (or use parchment paper as I did). in a medium bowl combine egg, cauliflower and mozzarella until well combined. Press evenly on pan into desired shape and sprinkle spices evenly over the top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes (15-20 if you double the recipe). Remove from oven and spread sauce over the top, and add your toppings.

Put your oven on high broil, put pizza back in the oven under the broiler at high heat just until cheese is melted (or to your desired level of browning/not brown).

As you can see from the (crappy celphone) picture below, I like a lot of cheese (and I make my ‘weird’ with the cheese on top of the pepperoni) and I like it to be very bubbly on top and slightly browned. Next time, I will press the crust just a tiny bit thinner, but the flavor was wonderful. Your serving size will vary but, using my ingredients, the whole pizza using my ingredents broke down to: 21grams of carbs (14 net grams), 69 grams of protein and 991 calories. Your mileage on those numbers will vary according to your ingredients, so I would not rely on mine if you make it. I will say I could not eat much and it took me several days to eat the entire pizza.

A non-op friend of mine who is on a lower carb diet made the pizza crust and really loved it. My non-op husband and daughter both tried a taste and both of them gave it their seal of approval as well.