I avoided cauliflower at all costs until a few years ago…broccoli? I loved it! Raw, steamed, whatever. But cauliflower was just blah to me. Then an acquaintance told me her daughter loved roasted cauliflower, so I tried it in the hopes that my daughter would love roasted cauliflower. And guess what…I loved roasted cauliflower!

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So we eat it pretty regularly around here. I can’t get enough of the stuff! And then I started seeing all these pins and posts about cauliflower breadsticks, and cauliflower pizza crust. What?! I’ve watched from afar for a long time; I had to find out what it was really like.

Now, keep in mind this is the first and only time I’ve ever eaten cauliflower crust pizza. I have nothing to compare it to…I do have a friend who made it and her advice was to make sure you squeeze all the water out of the cauliflower before you bake it, so that was my focus. I also did not have a trusted recipe to try- I just googled it and went with one I saw on allrecipes.com because I like that site.

Basically, I put half of a giant head of cauliflower in my blender/food processor piece by piece (and learned that for food processing stuff it’s not very good) and then steamed it with a little water in the microwave. Then I let it cool for a little while in the refrigerator. Next came the getting rid of the water fun. I wrapped it in a thin white cloth and squeezed…and wringed…and squeezed…and smooshed…and squeezed…and wringed…and so on until my hands hurt.

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After it was as dry as I cared to get it, I mixed it up with a parmesan cheese blend, an egg, and spices. Then onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet it went. There I flattened it as best I could. It did feel like working with flour. Then it baked for 15 minutes, I checked it and put it in for another five. When it was done I topped with sauce and mozzarella cheese and put it back in until the cheese melted and it looked like this…

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It came out really good! My husband and sister loved it; the only child who tried it, did not like it, but I think it could grow on him. It definitely felt like a crust, and the flavor was nice. It folded up like a piece of pizza might, but could be held in your hands. We did not need a fork and knife for this cauliflower crust pizza.

You can find the recipe I used here…http://allrecipes.com/recipe/232930/cauliflower-pizza-crust/

It was a little more work than I’d like for a regular night. If my food processor was better, that would help. And the second time around is always a little faster, and a little smoother, so that would help too. I’ve also heard you can make them ahead and freeze them. I would like to try that!

Overall, it was a huge success! And I will make it again..I just might rope someone else in to squeeze all the water out 🙂

Have you tried cauliflower crust pizza or breadsticks? I’d love to hear what you’ve tried!

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