Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mediterranean pizza with cauliflower crust

The only Paleo-ish baked good that's a staple in our household is the Civilized Caveman's Paleo Banana Bread. I make it for the kids; they have a thick slice (I typically make four mini-breads per batch) for their 3:30 snack. I like that there's no added sugar (sweetening is from bananas), and it's a high-fat snack to satiate the kids until our 6pm dinner time. It's also fast and easy (I make one batch every week or two). But every once in a while, it's nice to experiment with a new food, something different to spice things up a bit. My husband had heard about cauliflower pizza crust, has been mentioning it for months, and I finally looked through recipes and decided to try it out.

I'm actually really impressed (and surprised) with how absolutely delicious this pizza is! Prior to "going Paleo" in April 2013, I would have thought a pizza without traditional crust and gobs of cheese to be plain and unappetizing. Yet, while eating this concocted pizza, I had not the slightest interest in pizza-as-I-knew-it-pre-Paleo. I know that my palate has changed significantly since eating a predominantly Paleo diet, and this is one testament to that.

On to the cooking! I started with this recipe, and modified it to my liking.

2 1/2 C cauliflower, riced
1 C blanched almond flour
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
Pinch of salt
Olive oil for greasing pan/stone

6 baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
1/4 C garlic, sliced
1/3 C red onion, sliced into rings
1 jar (3/4 C) marinated artichoke hearts, strained and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
2 tbsp sundries tomatoes
Olive oil for sautéing
8 ounces prosciutto (sliced in half, then rolled up--next time I will cut the rolls into thirds because I felt the size I used was too big)

1/2 C tomatoes or pizza sauce, or 1 C sliced tomatoes

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F (if using a baking stone, put it in the oven to warm while prepping the dough)
  2. Heat some olive oil in frying pan, add cauliflower and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently (medium-high heat). Keep the frying pan for sautéing the toppings later.
  3. Place cauliflower into a mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients
  4. Mix well (I used medium speed on a stand mixer for about 3 minutes)
  5. Remove stone from oven, and brush with olive oil (or grease a baking sheet with olive oil)
  6. Place dough mixture in middle of stone. Use hands to flatten and spread mixture, being careful not to burn oneself. I used a 16 inch stone and the dough didn't take up the whole thing (doubling the recipe would make a full 16 inch pizza)
  7. Place in oven, and bake 25 - 30 minutes
  1. While the crust is baking, heat some olive oil in the frying pan, then sauté the onions, garlic and mushrooms until somewhat translucent (about 10 minutes). Add sundered tomatoes and artichokes, push around to coat, then turn off heat and let everything in the pan. 
  2. Once the crust is finished baking, remove from oven and add the sauce.
  3. Spread the sautéed toppings evenly across dough, and then add the prosciutto.
  4. Bake 10 more minutes
I served this pizza hot, and found that the crust broke apart a bit and was even somewhat soft. We ate it using knife and fork, but it was absolutely delicious!! 

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