Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Here's What You'll Need:

1 head of cauliflower
1 egg
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
A pinch of salt
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan (grated)
(can substitute 1/4 cup of Parmesan for 1/4 cup Mozzarella)

Special Tools:
Fine wire-mesh strainer
Cheese cloth or towel

Yield: 2 medium thin crusts or 4 small thin crusts

How to Make:

1. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a medium pot to steam the cauliflower.

2. Break apart the cauliflower into small pieces with your hand and using a food processor, process the cauliflower until it is the size of raw quinoa. You only need about 2.5 cups of processed cauliflower.
Note: the recipe works best when you discard the core and larger stems. 

3. Put the cauliflower in your metal strainer and place it over the boiling water. Do not let the water touch the cauliflower. If it touches, remove some of the liquid from your pot. Cover.

3. Steam the cauliflower until it is tender, but still has a little crunch. (About 6 minutes should do it!) Remove it from the heat and let it cool.

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

5. THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL!!! Once the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, using a cheese cloth or towel, you will need to remove as much water from it as possible. Place the cauliflower in the center of the cloth, gather the material around the cauliflower and twist the material as tight as possible such that you create a ball of cauliflower. Squeeze over a bowl to catch the water - you'll be amazed at how much liquid comes out! The dryer it is, the better the crust!

6. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Don't panic if it seems a little moist, once it cooks some of this moisture will disappear.

7. Place a sheet of parchment paper onto a baking tray and using your hands, create a thin crust with half the dough (but not too thin... keep in mind that it doesn't change that much when cooked, so you need to create it thick enough to support your sauce). Make sure the edges are not thinner than the middle of your crust... you want it even or the edges will burn. If your tray is large enough, you can create two medium-sized crusts on one tray. Otherwise, repeat this step on a second tray or wait until the first one is cooked and reuse the original tray. (If you are making 4 small pizzas, you should be able to fit 2 on 1 tray.)

8. Bake the crust until it is golden (approximately 15-20 minutes depending on your oven).

9. Remove from oven and add your sauce and favourite toppings. 

10. Return to oven and broil until the cheese melts (approximately 2-5 minutes depending on your oven). 

Serve and Enjoy!