Cauliflower Crust Margherita Pizza

My former extremely-picky-eating self would’ve shuddered at the idea of eating anything with cheese on it. Pizza crust & sauce, sure. But pizza with cheese?! Not a chance! And to think of a crust made of cauliflower?! Bahahahaha!! I would’ve laughed my way right to the cupboard for yet another bowl of Peanut Butter Crunch & watched with a wrinkled nose as any crazy people dared eat cauliflower crust pizza WITH CHEESE!

Thankfully I’m, no longer picky (though sometimes I think the waistband of my pants wishes I were.) I LOVE cheese just as if I’d been eating it my entire life as a true Wisconsinite should. And I’ve expanded my vegetable horizons beyond carrots with dill dip. I’m pretty certain I could eat plain cheese pizza every day of my life but then that aforementioned waistband would just keep getting tighter & tighter and well, that’s just not necessary. Not when you can eat a lower-carb version of pizza! Low-carb pizza?? Whodathunkit?! Well, whomever did is practically genious. This stuff is good. I researched some recipes, did some practicing & found this method works best for me:

Shreddercize some cauliflower & garlic in your food processor:

Add egg, cheese & seasonings:

Pat the mixture into a crust:

Bake the crust, add toppings:

Broil to melt toppings:

Garnish with fresh basil & enjoy!

Okay, I suppose you’ll want a few more directions than that. Here ya go!

Cauliflower Crust Margherita Pizza

Crust:
-1/2 head cauliflower
-2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp or so minced)
-1 large egg
-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella & provolone cheese blend
-1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
-1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
-1/2 teaspoon onion salt

Toppings:
-2 cups pizza sauce
-1 cup shredded mozzarella & provolone cheese blend
-1/2 sliced Roma tomato
-6 marinated mozzarella balls, cut in half (I have a mild obsessions with these but you can use any kind you like.)
-fresh basil

Directions:
1. Place cauliflower & garlic in food processor & blend until finely chopped. You just need it crumbly, not smooth and paste-like.
2. Place crumbled cauliflower & garlic in microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 5-7 minutes. Watch closely between 6 & 7 minutes. Microwaves do vary & I’ve yet to find the perfect amount of time in mine. 7 is too much (slightly burnt cauliflower) & 5 is too little (a tad watery). Your goal is to remove the excess moisture without “cooking” the cauliflower.
3. Add egg, cheese, & seasonings to cauliflower. Mix well.
4. Pat mixture in “crust” on a pizza pan or baking sheet, sprayed liberally with cooking spray.
5. Place crust in oven preheated to 450 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Remove pizza & turn oven to broil.
7. Add desired toppings. Place pizza back in oven. Broil for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Obviously you can add whatever toppings you’d like but this crust is honestly good. No, it’s not a hot dog stuffed pizza crust but I bet you’ll feel much better after eating it than if you were to eat that hot dog crust.
P.S. I’m not a picky eater anymore but I still hate hot dogs.

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