Cauliflower crusted pizza (Testing the paleo hype)

I think I told you before about the Q the Book contest I participate sometimes. This month the challenge was to create a vegetarian dish on BBQ. I always want to try some new things so I went searching for something interesting. I read about a cauliflower crust for pizza at the blog “Making thyme for health”. I decided to test this recipe out. I took some pictures to illustrate.

Cauliflower crust ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic & herb seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Topping ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 chopped basil
  • 1 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese

So far for the ingredients. You’re probably curious by now how you come to a crust by now… If you’re still here at least… I think most of  you won’t make it this far considering the overwhelming healthy ingredients.

The first step is to make the cauliflower dough. Since we want a clean crust we start by washing the cauliflower and cut them in florets. After washing you let them dry for a while. This is the time to preheat the BBQ at 210°C. When the florets are dry you mix them thouroughly untill you have some broccoli rice. This is how it looks like:

Put the cauliflower rice in the microwave for +- 8 minutes to get it cooked. Spread them open and pat them dry with a paper towel! You have to do this carefully to make sure the cauliflower is dry enough for a firm crust. Take anonther bowl to mix the 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella with the egg, a tablespoon lemon zest, and the dry seasonings. Up till now it looks like a sunny flower power creation. But will this feeling remain?

Stir the ingredients and mix it up with the cooked cauliflower rice. If you have done this right you should have a cauliflower pasta. Spread this pasta/dough open in a round (or square for those who are a little bit neurotic and want to count the corners). Bake this bodom in the oven for +-25 min. After this you should have a golden brown crust. Here’s no picture since I forgot to take one… So you’re going right to the next instructions…

(a little comforting picture of the prepared shiitake to fill the gap)

We’re at the moment you can start to think about topping the pizza. You can go creative over here but I decided to stick with the recipe since it did sound good! So you take a pan and pour some olive oil in it. Cook the garlic for a while until fragrant. Then add the mushrooms and continue cooking them for about 2 minutes. Add some lemon zest and lemon juice and sauté for another 5 minutes (careful… I added too much lemon juice and it kind of ruined the result). Once you have done this you can start topping the pizza with the shiitake and add some extra cheese and fresh chopped basil.

Bake the pizza for another 5 a 10 minutes untill the cheese is melted. I didn’t mannage to get the cheese browning a little since my crust would have totally dried out otherwise…

Well done you have made it to the end and have prepared the most healthy pizza in the world. Or you were smart enough to read the recipe first and start considering if you would make this or not. My advice! Try it out! It will give you some inspiration to work this out! It wasn’t bad but for a whole pizza it wasn’t good enough either. Maybe I’ll make these ones again as appetizer since they are rather surprising.

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