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I have heard so much about cauliflower pizza but was always a little skeptical. The typical gist when it first became an internet sensation was that the crust wasnt crunchy enough. So I waited and I finally found a recipe that I decided Id give a try. I changed up the recipe just a tad because I used what I had on hand and seasoned it a bit more with what I liked.
For the most part I followed the general recipe (see here: http://www.theluckypennyblog.com/2013/02/the-best-cauliflower-crust-pizza.html) except I used reduced fat parmesan and did my own blend of spices within the pizza crust.
The most tedious part of this pizza was cutting up the cauliflower and pulverizing it in the food processor. Then again, I have a little peanut of a food processor so I had to do small little handfuls at a time. But once that was done, it was easy-peasy. Cooking the cauliflower in the microwave and straining the water out of it was simple. Although I will say, trying to get little rice size bits of cauliflower off a white kitchen towel was an interesting feat. The greatest part?
The ENTIRE crust alone was only 8 points plus values! If the serving is cut down into 2, half the crust is 4 points plus values. Quite a drop in stats considering the calories/Weight Watchers points plus associated with pizza crust! Heres how I doctored my crust up a bit:
- ¼ cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 small head uncooked cauliflower
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
When the crust was done I decided to top the pizza with ½ cup Barilla traditional spaghetti sauce (because its what I had on hand), 1/3 cup Kraft fat free mozzarella, 6 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni, a few slices onions and peppers and some banana pepper rings. I returned the pizza to the oven just for the cheese to melt and when done, I cut it up to serve.
After all the toppings my entire pizza was 11 points plus values! Quite a steal considering 1 slice of your average take-out pizza is 7 points plus values.
Final verdict? The pizza was quite good the crust wasnt as crispy and crunchy as regular pizza crust and you could definitely tell it was cauliflower but it wasnt bad. Would I make it again? Sure, thing.