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Making Cauliflower-Crust Pizza

I prepared it last night. Did it on a baking stone and it came out just fine. See for yourself.

Caulifower-crust-pizza

It was a 15-incher, half & half. One side was pepperoni & onion, and the other ham & mushroom. Greek Kalamata Olives par tout — with the pits, which is the only way to go on a pizza. They shrivel just a bit and the tastiest part is the meat right up next to the pit. In order to get max flavor from both the onion and the mushroom, I ran them through a cheese grater. The canned sauces at the supermarket all had dammed high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). …The hell? So, I just got a small can of tomato sauce and added pizza spice (oregano, basil, garlic) and some additional garlic powder. Also, even though there's lots of cheese in the crust, I did put additional over the sauce in the standard pizza-making fashion.

I doubled the recipe, and like Debs, didn't spice the crust. For a 15" stone, I first spread some bacon drippings very thinly, then used a plastic spatula to spread the dough. The stone had an edge, so I was able to build it up around the side, rendering a pretty thin crust in the middle. The one downside is that it's not nearly as rigid as wheat dough. I think next time I'll try a thicker crust. I also intend to experiment with things like celery root and almond flour.

It was very filling. I had not eaten a thing since breakfast and I was stuffed midway through that second slice. Very filling and satisfying. All that said, and it's very good, it does lack the wonderful chewiness of standard pizza.

Final tip: get some of those red pepper seeds, and rather than sprinkle them on the pizza, add a load of them to a few tablespoons of olive oil, mix them around, and let 'em set for a while, as you're making the pizza. Then drizzle the olive oil all around.

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11 Comments

  1. Lute Nikoley on October 12, 2008 at 11:23

    Try adding an egg to the cauliflower. The protein in the egg works as sort of a glue to hold things together.

  2. Drofen on October 12, 2008 at 11:56

    Try Muir Glen's Organic pasta sauce–it's usually in the organic section of the grocery store. All organic, no HFCS, sweetened with organic cane juice. Comes in several flavors. I use it for pizza sauce, sauce ingredient in my vegetarian lasagna, and as straight up pasta sauce. Great stuff.

  3. Richard Nikoley on October 12, 2008 at 12:16

    Yep, the egg is in there.

  4. Chris - Zen to Fitness on October 12, 2008 at 12:21

    Pretty awesome I have to try this. Funny how we share a love for pizza its the only thing I will cheat for and actually really really enjoy! Nothing beats a good pizza and good remark on the olives I agree 100%…….

  5. Dave on October 12, 2008 at 19:12

    I hate cauliflower – might another vegetable work?

  6. Ankit on October 13, 2008 at 04:20

    Try adding some chia seed to the crust.

  7. Richard Nikoley on October 13, 2008 at 09:02

    Dave:

    I'm going to try different things, like celery root and such. However, do note that the crust doesn't have even the slightest cauliflower taste. Think of it this way: you probably wouldn't enjoy chewing on wheat grain, or even soaking and cooking it. But ground and used in baking, it tastes great.

  8. Naomi on October 14, 2008 at 16:00

    Doesn't it make you crave real pizza?

  9. Richard Nikoley on October 15, 2008 at 08:29

    I think quite the opposite, Naomi. At least in my case.

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  11. .ambre. on July 10, 2010 at 08:27

    We make this recipe all the time! Sometimes we use raw turnips instead of the raw cauliflower. Tasty, tasty!

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