Rainbow Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Makes 1 medium-sized rectangular pizza
Adapted from: Gimme Delicious

I saw a picture of this gorgeous pizza on the “Popular” page on Instagram and instantly screenshotted it and made a mental note for the next time I had a few spare hours. Does looking at this pizza not just improve your day? Doesn’t it make you smile? I mean, pizza always makes my day better, but vegetables? When I used them like this, I stumbled into a newfound love for vegetables and, more importantly, their vibrant pigments. I mean, come on, this recipe is perfect Instagram aesthetic.

Anyway, my dad doesn’t eat carbs, so the fact that this was a cauliflower crust made it even better! This dish has no grain; just vegetables and cheese. To be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the cauliflower crust… it’s no traditional semolina dough, to put it simply. But if you make sure to squeeze out as much water from the cauliflower as you can before mixing in the other ingredients, I can see it possibly getting crispy? My crust was on the soft side, but I was fine with that. The fact that I could it eat completely guilt-free made up for it a hundred times over.

The vegetables really get a chance to shine on their own here with little other seasonings added, and with the combination of sweet peppers and corn, sharp red onion, and crunchy broccoli, this pizza really wows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower – should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon basil or rosemary, minced (or dry)
  • ½ teaspoon oregano, minced (or dry)
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (yellow, orange, red, green, or any combo of your choice)
  • ½ cup broccoli florets
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup canned corn
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

 

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

Remove the stems from the cauliflower and cut into chunks, Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cheese grater or chop it very finely.

Microwave the processed cauliflower uncovered in a microwave safe bowl for approximately 4-5 minutes on high. Remove it from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes (trust me don’t rush this step!). After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, place it in a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Be sure to squeeze as much liquid as humanly possible.

Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.

Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and top with pizza sauce then cheese then the chopped veggies.

Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for another 12-15 minutes.

Happy dining!!

 

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