What is more important for you when you have a slice of pizza? Crust? or topping and cheese?
Personally I care more about cheesy pizza topping than about pizza crust. Pizza crust is thinner the better. I make normal pizza from scratch as well. (you can see my pizza crust recipe here). My whole wheat pizza crust is very tasty and kids like it, too. But, still each time I make pizza crust, I feel like I'm eating too much carbohydrate, in order to enjoy delicious cheesy toppings. That is why I proclaimed "Eureka" when I found a wheat free pizza crust recipe. To be honest, I had some doubt about the taste of pizza without flour. But, I still gave it a try and it definitely was worth a shot. It actually tasted really really good. This pizza crust is made of healthy cauliflower instead of flour. If you are a cauliflower fan like me, you can eat cauliflower as much as you want when you make this pizza :D Even better, two pizza monsters growing in my household like this pizza as well. :) The only challenge would be to hold this pizza by hand. Still you can keep the shape of pizza when you use fork and knife.
Here goes the recipe:
(adapted from the appendix of Wheat Belly)
1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
1/2 cup olive oil
3 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 pound sausage or meat or pepperoni
1 + 1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store bought, homemade pizza sauce recipe follows at the end of the pizza recipe)
bell pepper, sundried tomatoes, chopped onion, olive etc
Fresh or dried basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (optional)
1. In a large pot boiling water, steam or boil cauliflower until soft (5-10 minutes)
2. Drain, and mash until consistency of mashed potatoes with minimal chunks.
3. Add 1/4 cup oil, eggs, 1 cup of mozzarella and mix well.
4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly coat pizza pan or pizza stone with 1 tablespoon olive oil. If you use a pizza stone, you should place the stone in the oven before preheating.
5. Pour mixture onto pan and press the dough(?) no more than 1/2 inch thick, mounding high up to have higher edges.
6. Bake 20 minutes and remove the pizza stone/pan from the oven
7. Spread pizza sauce
8. Top with all the ingredients you prepared.
I made a half and half pizza, half with olives and the other half with pepperoni.
9. Put back in the oven and bake another 10-15 minutes
9. Use spatula to transfer to plates.
It looks nice, doesn't it?
It tastes heavenly as well :)
Following is the pizza sauce recipe
Pizza sauce (adapted from All Recipes)
1 cup tomato sauce
4 tablespoons canned tomato paste
2 teaspoons ground oregano
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients until smooth.
Wheat Free Pizza