Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I haven’t written about this yet, but my friends and family are pretty much sick of hearing about it already: I started Invisalign last week.  I never had braces growing up, and I’ve never even had a cavity, so when it comes to my teeth, I am a huge baby.  I am still in the what the…why did I do this to myself phase.  I am told I will get used to the feeling of chunks of sharp plastic that slice my gums and tongue like no other and tightening pressure around my teeth.  At the moment, I’m just trying to work through the listhp.

I opted for the Invisalign with Propel treatment, which cuts the treatment time in half… all you have to do is subject yourself to the most archaic, rudimentary medical procedure that is practiced, next to using leeches (which I heard is still practiced even today).  Because this is a food blog, I’m not going to go into detail of what I had to go through on the first day of my treatment; however, I will say that I expected to be in A LOT more pain, and thankfully I was just uncomfortable, but not aching and miserable.

Like I said, I never had anything done to my teeth, so this is all very strange.  I fully plan on blogging the process, so if you hate reading about this kinda stuff, prepared to get your eye-roll going for the next 5 and a half months.  Anywho, here is my new mouth with my aligners and attachments (also called buttons), with scratches on my lips from the mouth clamp that was too big for my midget mouth:

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I look like I have warts on my teeth.  But I am slowly getting used to it all.  The most difficult part is chewing:  my teeth are VERY sore and sensitive, so soft foods are a must.  I tried to eat a tortilla chip the other day and it almost killed me.  Not happening.

So, the good news is that I can mow down on awesome foods like this:  the Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  I cannot believe I have NEVER made this before!  I have had this recipe swirling around my PIntrest (as I’m sure you have too) forever now, and have finally given it a whirl.  So happy I did… it’s delicious!  I made a double batch and froze half of the dough for another time (soon).  The trick is to steam the pulverized cauliflower (microwave will do!), and then squeeze the living heck out of it using a cloth.  BE CAREFUL.  I burned the #($%($ out of my hands doing this.  Place the steamed snow in the freezer to cool it down to handle.  Then, it’s smooth sailing to Flavortown.

Enjoy!


Materials:

  • food processor
  • spatula
  • large bowl
  • clean dish cloth or cheese cloth
  • parchment paper (or aluminum foil)
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • spices to taste:  oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper
  • toppings of choice:  featured here are olive oil, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Place cauliflower florets into your food processor.  FullSizeRender.jpgPulse until it’s well chopped into little pellets (it looks like snow!).FullSizeRender.jpg
  2. Scrape the “snow” into a large bowl, and microwave for about 7-8 minutes to partially steam-cook.FullSizeRender.jpg
  3. Place bowl into freezer to cool quickly.
  4. When it is cool enough to handle, pour “snow” into a clean dish towel, and squeeze as much water as you can from the cauliflower.   IMG_4128 FullSizeRender  BE CAREFUL!  The water will be very hot!
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  6. Pour the snow back into the large bowl.FullSizeRender
  7. Add the cheeses, egg, and seasonings.FullSizeRender  Mix until well combined, and form a dough.FullSizeRender
  8. Lightly grease a sheet or parchment paper or aluminum foil.      Pour the dough onto the paper or foil, and create a pizza shape (circular or square).  Pat down into one thin, even layer using your spatula.  This is very important so that it cooks evenly!FullSizeRender
  9. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the crust starts to brown. FullSizeRender
  10. Carefully take out of the oven, and add your toppings.FullSizeRender
  11. Place back into the oven, and cook for another 7-9 minutes.
  12. Take out of the oven, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.  This allows the crust to stay together!FullSizeRender
  13. Cut, eat, and enjoy!IMG_4142

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • food processor
  • spatula
  • large bowl
  • clean dish cloth or cheese cloth
  • parchment paper (or aluminum foil)
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • spices to taste:  oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper
  • toppings of choice:  featured here are olive oil, feta, and sun-dried tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Place cauliflower florets into your food processor.  Pulse until it’s well chopped into little pellets (it looks like snow!).
  2. Scrape the “snow” into a large bowl, and microwave for about 7-8 minutes to partially steam-cook.
  3. Place bowl into freezer to cool quickly.
  4. When it is cool enough to handle, pour “snow” into a clean dish towel, and squeeze as much water as you can from the cauliflower.  BE CAREFUL!  The water will be very hot!
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  6. Pour the snow back into the large bowl.
  7. Add the cheeses, egg, and seasonings.  Mix until well combined, and form a dough.
  8. Lightly grease a sheet or parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Pour the dough onto the paper or foil, and create a pizza shape (circular or square).  Pat down into one thin, even layer using your spatula.  This is very important so that it cooks evenly!
  9. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the crust starts to brown.
  10. Carefully take out of the oven, and add your toppings.
  11. Place back into the oven, and cook for another 7-9 minutes.
  12. Take out of the oven, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.  This allows the crust to stay together!
  13. Cut, eat, and enjoy!

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