New Year’s resolutions are often abandoned for a myriad of reasons. Healthy dishes are dismissed as bland or we feel there’s not enough of a variety of tasty, healthy dishes to sustain our diet. Well, there’s a great food blog called The Detoxinista, with the most delicious, healthy, creative recipes. There are tons of meals, desserts and beverage recipes to keep your taste buds entertained! One of our favorite dishes is the cauliflower pizza crust with goat mozzarella. The cauliflower crust tastes surprisingly similar to a regular pizza crust, but is much better for your waist line! Here’s the recipe and be sure to check out The Detoxinista for lots more amazing recipes.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
makes 1 large crust
Recipe courtesy of Doris Choi
4 cups raw cauliflower rice
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt
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.
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.
Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEEEEEEZE all the excess moisture out!
It’s amazing how much liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust.
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.
It won’t be like any pizza dough you’ve ever worked with, but don’t worry– it’ll hold together!
Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper, which is not to be confused with WAX paper– they’re very different!)
Keep the dough about 1/3″ thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.
Step 4: Bake!
Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F.
The crust should be firm, and golden brown when finished.
Step 5: Load on the Toppings!
Now’s the time to add all your favorites– sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like.
This goat mozzarella is ridiculously good, without a “goat-y” flavor.
Time-Saving Tip: I recommend making a double-batch of cauliflower pizza crusts–> make one for now, and save one for later. After baking the crusts and adding the toppings, wrap up the whole pizza in foil, and FREEZE it for a quick “frozen pizza” to enjoy another night! Simply thaw and bake at 400F, as directed below, until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Return the pizza to the 400F oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Then slice and serve immediately!