Cauliflower Transformation!

Raising cauliflower before the high tunnel was…. well…challenging!  One of my favorite things thus far about growing in the tunnel is getting to eat the crops earlier, the quality of the greens, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower and I get to grow it twice a year!!!  The only down side is that it all comes in at one time (I haven’t mastered staggered planting yet).  So I usually save up recipes all year and when the crops hits, I wear my family out with whatever is in season and freeze the rest!  We love eating cauliflower as a snack with some ranch dressing, in salads, but our favorite is buffalo cauliflower!  While the idea of cauliflower crust pizza has intrigued me, I dreaded using one of my precious heads in something that my family might not enjoy.  But as I stared at the 6 heads of cauliflower, I knew it was time!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

2 1/2 cups grated cauliflower
1 egg
1 1/4 cup italian cheese
2 Tablespoons of shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

1/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce
Pepperoni’s to cover
sliced olives
diced onions
1 cup italian cheese
sprinkle with dried italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line pizza pan with parchment paper.
Grate the cauliflower using a hand grater until you get 2.5 cups. Microwave the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl for 7 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Mix in cheeses, egg and salt and pepper.
Put mixture on pizza pan and press out in an 8-10 inch circle. Bake for 10-12 minutess.
Take crust out of the oven and top with your favorite toppings. Bake another 10 minutes.
Let pizza cool before slicing.

Results:  The kids spilt on the tastiness of the pizza.  I just wonder if they did not watch me grate the cauliflower, would their thoughts be different.  My daugher liked it but prefered homemade pizza crust and my son said it was gross.  My husband and I enjoyed it.  My husband said it was a great use of cauliflower! (He ate a whole 8 inch pizza).  So now if any of my gluten sensitive friends come over, I have another option for supper!



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