January 31, 2013
So lets be real. The cauliflower pizza crust that has been trending like crazy.. is gross. OK, so its edible and it has the flavor of pizza..but its texture? blah. It tastes like soggy cheese. I made it today and I even tried all the fancy tricks like straining all of the liquid from the cauliflower in a cheesecloth. Still just blah. We can do better.
So, today I set out to find a new way to make pizza- still using cauliflower.
If you have been a friend and reader of Real Sustenance you know that I already have a thick crust grain free pizza recipe that gets rave reviews. If thick crust if your thing.. you MUST try that recipe. That recipe calls for eggs but you will see in the notes there are some directions to remove them. Here's a picture to entice you.
So, back to THIS recipe. Today I set out to create something a little lower in starch than my thick crust and already egg free so that many of you would not have to mess around with trying to remove them yourself. By introducing the cauliflower into the recipe I was also able to decrease the amount of almond flour. Making this recipe cheaper to make- that's always a perk right? Plus its kind of thrilling knowing that there are vegetable hidden in you pizza dough. The flavor of this crust reminds me of the whole wheat pizza that I grew up on.
- 1 cup of cooked cauliflower "rice". (see directions below)
- 2 packed cups of blanched almond flour (see substitution notes below)
- 6 1/2 Tbs starch (Potato Starch, Tapioca or Arrowroot)
- 3 Tbs Whole Psyllium Husk OR Flax Meal (crust will be crispier using flax)
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 3/4 Tsp. Salt
- 1 1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1-2 Tsp. Basil (dried or fresh) optional.
- 1 1/2 Tbs Oil or Melted Butter
- Make your cauliflower "rice". Use roughly 1/2 of a small fresh cauliflower and break it up- and stick it into a food processor and process until it resembles a very fine rice- or even the size of cous-cous if you are able. Place the cauliflower into a skillet and cook with 1 tsp of oil for roughly 6-7 minutes and stir until soft.
- While the "rice" is cooking preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Pour the cooked cauliflower rice into a bowl and add the remaining pizza crust ingredients. Stir and then kneed until really well mixed. The dough will be thick, hold together well and may be slightly sticky.
- Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment, lightly oil your hands and then place the dough on the parchment and form a 13 inch round ( 1/4- 1/2 inch thick) pizza crust. (It does not have to be round- nor does it have to be exactly 13 inches wide. Shape it how you want!) If the dough sticks to your hands at any point- add a little bit more oil to them.
- Place the prepared crust into the oven and bake 22-23 minutes or until the edges start to get slightly golden. Remove from oven- place on toppings of choice and then bake another 15-18 minutes until your cheese (if using) has melted and the edges of the crust have gained a nice color. The longer you bake- the crispier it will be.
Store in a sealed bag or container in the freezer or fridge.
Instead of blanched almond flour you can try using another homemade nut or seed flour. If you opt to make sunflower seed flour I recommend using only 1/2 Tsp. of Baking powder to prevent the pizza dough from turning green. (This is a natural reaction that can happen if those two ingredients are combined improperly.)
To make your own Nut or Seed flour: simply run the nut or seed of your choice in a high powdered blender or coffee grinder until you have a super fine flour. (If the flour is course- the recipe might not work as well.)
Coconut flour or any of the starchy grain based flours will NOT work in place of the Almond flour in this recipe (This includes all gluten free flour mixes). Only use other Nut/Seed flours as an almond exchange.
If you can't have straight starch you might try using chickpea flour, millet flour, rice flour or sorghum flour as an exchange for the 6 Tbs of starch that I call for. I have not tried doing this yet- but think it may work!
Don't go TOO crazy adding a ton of sauce to your pizza. As this crust ages I noticed that it stars to soak up the liquid and lose a bit of its crispness. (I believe this is due to the fact that it contains cauliflower). Use sauce in moderation.
PLEASE follow these guidelines if you would like the recipe to work! Making other changes will give you different results. Experiment at your own risk.