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I am beyond excited to share my cauliflower crust pizza tip that solves the soggy crust dilemma. The idea came to me as I was making some juice for my Crohn’s warrior son with my @Breville juicer. I was commenting on how the “pulp” left from the beets and pears was so dry… almost like sawdust.
An “AHA” Moment
At that moment a lightbulb went off in my brain! I had been planning to make my son cauliflower crust pizza that day for lunch. When I had mentioned it to him that morning, he commented on how he really likes it but wishes the crust was a little less soggy, so the texture would be more like “normal pizza”. What if I ran my cauliflower through my juicer to get the moisture out before makign the pizza?
Tip for Removing Moisture from Cauliflower
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
I went ahead and started preparing the recipe I use for making a cauliflower crust for my son. He is on a special diet for his Crohn’s disease, called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, that involves grain-free and preservative-free eating, so I spend a lot of time trying and tweaking recipes. Here is our faovrite for Cauliflower Crust Pizza:
In a large bowl combine:
1 small head of cauliflower dust from juicer
1 large cage-free egg
1 c. freshly grated white, aged cheese such as parmesan (I used Vampire Slayer by Beecher’s but there a simple parmesan is what I usually use – or you can use a dairy free cheese if you are dairy-free)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Meanwhile, raise the oven temp to 450 degrees. While the oven temp is rising, top your golden crust with 1/2 cup of your favorite tomato sauce and whatever meat, veggies, and/or cheese you want.
Put the now topped crust back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes.
Take out when the cheese melts if you have any on top, or if you have a dairy-free pizza, when your top layer of veggies begins to brown on the edges.
My son said this was his favorite version of the cauliflower crust recipe I have made thus far. Here are my final tips for you:
- Trim the parchment paper into a circular shape. This paper is thin and the edges tend to get very dark brown and can even burn. Trim off the excess paper to avoid this issue.
- Add meat (if you are using any) as the first layer, then mushrooms or zucchini, next onions, peppers, and/or pineapple, then cheese if adding any.
- Saute the veggies quickly on the stove in olive oil or avocado oil (my favorite), to remove some of the moisture from them, before they go on the pizza, as this also helps keep the moisture down and the crust a bit crispier.
- Go light on the cheese, as it is oily and makes for a soggier crust. A small bit of cheese allows the flavors from the meat (Hempler’s bacon and grass-fed ground beef are my son’s favorites) and veggies to sing, while still providing the cheesy flavor we associate with pizza.)
- If you have leftovers, save them on the parchment paper. Then place the pizza with parchment paper back on your pizza stone and place under your broiler for about 5 to 7 minutes to reheat. This keeps your left-overs from being soggy too!
I hope these tips will help your family enjoy a crispier Cauliflower Crust Pizza too!
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