Cauliflower Crust Pizza..What’s it all about?

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I've recently heard a lot of buzz surrounding cauliflower pizza dough, and I wanted to see for myself if all the hype was warranted. What is cauliflower pizza dough? Basically it is a pizza crust made from ground cauliflower, without using any flour at all- a healthier alternative to regular pizza dough. By grinding the cauliflower in a food processor, the cauliflower transforms to a totally different, and malleable form, creating a crispy, delicious crust.  I tried a few recipes, but my favorite is from a blog called Detoxinista.com! The taste was truly awesome, but I must say that it does take a few steps, so I would definitely recommend doubling the recipe and making 2 batches at a time..Here's how:

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

makes 1 large crust

Recipe based on Doris Choi's recipe

Ingredients:

4 cups raw cauliflower rice

1 egg, beaten

1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt & Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F, then get to work on your crust.

Step 1: Begin by making your cauliflower “rice.”

Simply pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved

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Step 2: Cook & Strain the rice.

Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the “rice” and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.

Now here comes the secret:

Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel.

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Step 3: Make & Shape the dough.

In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices.

Don’t be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.

Keep the dough about 1/3″ thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.

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Step 4: Bake!

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F.

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Step 5: Load on the Toppings!

Now’s the time to add all your favorites– sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like (I added pesto, sundried tomatoes and mozarella!!!!) Return the oven for 5 minutes longer golden and bubbly!!

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