Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hot Pepper Cauliflower Pizza

Ok, ok.  I jumped on the bandwagon and made flower pizza ... And, it was good! So, here is my take on this little pizza, with a hot Louisiana kick. 

My recipe is derived from a flower pizza recipe I found here. Thanks Tasty Kitchen

1 medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield close to 3 cups once processed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons almond meal
1 tablespoon olive oil
Optional ¼ cup parmesan cheese 
1 egg

Wash and dry cauliflower, cut off florets.  Pulse in food processor until you get a powdery, “snow” like cauliflower.  You should have 2 or 3 cups. Microwave in a bowl for 4 minutes. Allow to thoroughly cool on a towel.  Make sure it is cool and wring it out, squeezing out as much water as possible. Now, dump it back into a bowl. Add dry ingredients (almond meal), seasonings and optional cheese.  Mix in egg – hands work best. Roll into a ball and place on oiled parchment paper atop pizza stone or baking sheet. Pat it down.  Bake for 8 -11 minutes at 400 until golden brown.  Remove from oven and add toppings …

For the spicy, red pepper pizza toppings …
Fresh ball mozzarella
2-3 TBS minced garlic
½ red bell pepper
½ onion
Crushed Red Pepper 
Sun Dried Tomatoes
Basil Flakes
Red Sauce (make it fresh!) 

Saute veggies first!  Add sauce and sprinkle red pepper flakes - a tad Crystal hot sauce doesn't hurt.  Now add cheese, toppings, basil flakes and a dash more of pepper.

Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden. [Direct Quote].  Allow it to cool and enjoy!

Kitchen Notes: 
Since I was a first timer with this pizza, I had no idea what I was doing. Understand this has a lot of steps and allow yourself an appropriate amount of time. This is a trial and error recipe and I guarantee the second time is a charm.  Parchment paper is 100% necessary. But, make sure the sheet is as big as the baking sheet.  Do not do a circle under the pizza because then it is hard to peel.  But, go for it.  Who knew cauliflower was so versatile — and delicious? 

1 comment:

  1. um yum!!! this post made me super hungry lol
    xo Jessica
    stop by when ya get a chance


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