Wednesday, May 16, 2012

cauliflower and cornmeal pizza crust

Believe it or not, this entire (gorgeously yummy) pizza is completely gluten and dairy free.

Yep, you read that right, folks!

I loosely based it on Eat Drink Smile's cauliflower crust, but made it my own and we will be putting this in our tummies quite often from here on out.

I started with raw cauliflower (and used the stems, too)...then food processed it till grainy (don't process too much or it will turn to mush)...

Then microwave it in a big bowl till soft. You mix it with cornmeal, egg, some Daiya "mozzarella", and spices, flatten it out onto a cookie sheet, and bake.
Pull it out of the oven, top as you like, and broil till bubbly and browny and happy.

We have to section ours because some folks don't like anything except sauce and "cheese", others only like pepperoni, and then the Big Beans (that's hubby and me) like everything. Yes, please.

 Twenty minutes later...

For the crust, you'll need (for a 10 inch X 15 inch rectangular cookie sheet):
  • 2 1/2 c. cooked cauliflower (after processing and microwaving)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. Daiya mozzarella
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning (rosemary, savory, basil, marjoram, and oregano)
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • olive oil for brushing on just before baking
Do this:

Wash and chop your precious cauliflower (one of my favorite veggies!), then process till grainy and not mushy. Put into a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave 7.5 minutes. Preheat your oven to 450 F, spray a cookie sheet with oil, and add your eggs, cornmeal, mozzarella, garlic, spices, and salt to the cooked cauliflower. Press into the pan and brush with olive oil.

Bake about 15 minutes. Then add sauce...

For the sauce, you'll need (I base it on this recipe):
  • 1 small can tomato paste (4.5 oz.)
  • enough water to make a smooth sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 t. Italian seasonings
  • sugar to taste (I use about 1/2 t.)
  • dash of pepper 
Feeling saucy!

Add the toppings of your choice and some more Daiya mozzarella on top, a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, and it's going to grab you and never let you go.

I had some cooked cauliflower left over (I had a big head) and I froze it. Will let you know when I make my next lovely pizzer (as my grandma calls it)!

1 comment:

FOODalogue said...

This is the second cauliflower pizza crust I've seen in the past 10 minutes. And I love the idea! The other didn't have cornmeal but mentioned mixing a little almond flour.Yours looks great and I can't wait to try it.