Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Garlic and Grape Tomatoes

If this is your first time on my blog I must inform you of how much my husband HATES cauliflower. This man will not touch anything that has so much of a hint of cauliflower. In my very evil womanly ways I have tricked him into eating cauliflower quite a few times, but this time was different. He was actually shocked and he would not believe me. Not only did he enjoy the pizza but he went in for seconds AND wants to know when we will be having it again. I must say this is a great recipe if you want to trick someone into eating something healthy. I made it thin crust so it was difficult to pick up and eat (we fork& knife-ed it) so for the future I would make extra “dough” to make a thicker crust. It really is as good as everyone has been raving and much easier to handle than real pizza dough.

Ingredients for “Dough”:

-1 cup, cooked and riced cauliflower (Don’t worry I didn’t know what they ment by “riced” either.. I’ll explain in the directions)

-1 cup shredded cheese of choice (We had a cheddar blend so I used that but next time I’ll try mozzarella)

-1 egg, beaten

-1 tsp dried oregano

-1 tsp dried thyme (you can really herb it up with any herbs you like)

-1/2 tsp garlic, minced

-1/2 tsp salt

-Cooking oil (we had canola on hand so that’s what I used)

Topping Ingredients: (This is all optional… Top it with what you like but know that this combo was DELICIOUS!)

– 2 tbsp. Cooking Oil (I used Canola)

– 1 Medium Onion, sliced

– 1 Handful of Spinach, rinsed

– 1 tbsp Garlic

– About 10-15 Grape Tomatoes, halved

Directions for Crust:

  1.  Remove the stems and leaves of one head of cauliflower.
  2. To “rice” the cauliflower just grate the florets with a cheese grater. You can also do this with a food processor but I do not own one so I went the cheese grater route.
  3. Place the riced cauliflower in a bowl and microwave for 6-8 minutes (depending on your microwave) no need to add water to the bowl… just plain ol’ riced cauliflower.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and lightly grease your cookie sheet. (or lay down foil)
  5. In a large bowl mix together cauliflower, egg, cheese, herbs, garlic, and salt. Mix well.
  6. Pat out mixture into the shape of your liking (keep in mind that a thin crust is hard to pick up and eat)
  7. Bake for 15 degrees
  8. Let cool while cooking up your toppings. The longer you let it cool the longer it settles. Therefore it will be easier to hold and eat. Don’t turn the oven off just yet though

Directions for Toppings:

  1. Cook oil over medium heat
  2. Add the sliced onion and stir until caramelized (about 6-8 minutes) When cooked spread on your crust.
  3. In the same pan cook the spinach and garlic over medium heat. Only cook until they just start to wither. You don’t want the spinach to be too soggy or for the garlic to burn. (about 2 minutes) Spread over pizza.
  4. Distribute the halved tomatoes over the pizza and put your creation back into the oven for about 2 minutes (just long enough to warm up the tomatoes)
  5. Slice and enjoy!

 

**All Photos are originals taken by me

*** You can find tons of these recipes on Pinterest but I felt most confident in the original source for this recipe which can be found at: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/the-astonishing-cauliflower-pizza-crust-you-have-to-taste-it-to-believe-it.html

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