Cauliflower Pizza Dough


Having made this a few times now I must confess that initially I was in equal parts extremely doubtful, and yet totally freakin’ excited to try this naturally gluten free pizza dough by Sunny Anderson of the Food Network. How can it be possible I wondered, to take something that was, ok, very low on my veggie like-list and morph it into the base of one of the world’s most beloved foods…

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All I can say is that much like the surety of sheep crossing the road while you’re driving through rural Italy, I love it when I’m proved wrong. Especially when it’s not only this deliciously wrong… but when it brings über nutrition to the table, and totally, even magically enables gluten free eaters to once again eat and enjoy pizza!

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I’ve adapted the recipe so you can steam the florets on the stove top, rather than use a microwave, then mince them later. You really should however use a food processor. I’ve tried mincing with a knife and got much better results with the processor – it really aids in forming the crust without the bother of small holes.

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You can make them any size you want, adjusting the cooking times and altering the toppings to please – just don’t go too heavy on them. Think Italian pizza, not North American. You can also add other ingredients: a sprinkling of grated Parmigiano to the dough (or the top for that matter!) adds great taste and helps with browning. A sprinkling of lovely dried Sicilian oregano over the sauce added another flavour profile.

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Whatever size you do make, be sure to cook the base until it is browned both on the top and bottom – you’ll maximize the flavour.

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Start experimenting. And don’t tell anyone what the dough/base is made of until they taste it!

Cauliflower Pizza Dough
A naturally gluten free pizza dough - made with cauliflower. Who says you can't have your pizza and eat it too!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound cauliflower florets (cook by using one of methods below)
  2. 2 eggs, well beaten
  3. 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  4. 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  5. Tomato sauce, to taste
  6. Grated mozzarella, to taste
  7. Optional: toppings to your liking, but go easy on them. A sprinkle of oregano and/or Parmigiano is always good!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using the microwave
  1. In a food processor, process cauliflower until finely chopped.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, cook cauliflower for five minutes or until tender.
  3. Place cauliflower in a towel, and squeeze out excess water so it is completely dry.
Using a steamer on the stovetop
  1. Steam cauliflower florets until tender.
  2. Mince using a food processor.
  3. Place cauliflower in a towel, and squeeze out excess water so it is completely dry.
  4. In a bowl, mix cauliflower, eggs, salt & pepper until well-combined.
  5. Spread cauliflower dough out into a pizza round, in whatever size you like.
  6. Bake for approx. 40 minutes - you want browning on the bottom & top!
  7. Let cool slightly, while you turn up the oven to 450°F.
  8. Add sauce, cheese & other toppings if desired, but don’t overload it.
  9. Bake for approx. 7 minutes or until cheese is browned.
Notes
  1. *Tip: if it makes too much dough, pop some in the fridge to use within the next day or two!
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