Low-Carb Cauliflower Crust Breakfast Pizza
I can't believe it took me so long to try the famous cauliflower crust for pizza. It took long probably because cauliflower as a crust didn't sound that appetising. Also, pizza has never been my type thing, I blame high school lunches. It's very rare for someone not to like pizza, but it's always been about how boring it is, and also just way too much chesse for me, and I'm not even lactose intolerant. Since I'm on keto and I can't have most carbs, I've been trying to find new ways of substituting carbs for something else. I've gotten into almond flour which I use for pancakes, I've also made low-carb coconut macaroons which turned out to be amazing. Now, that I've learned to make this crust, I can't wait to explore with different fun toppings, I'll be making this at least once a week.
This was my second time trying this crust, the first time topping it off with just bacon, eggs, and cheese. I made a few mistakes on the first pizza, which was not straining the cauliflower after it had been microwaved. Since I don't always pay attention, I sort of skipped that important part which made the crust a little flimsy. I can't stress this enough, make sure you really strain the excess water from that cauliflower, you can do so by using either a clean cloth or parchment paper. I know most recipes out there call for both parmesan and mozzarella cheese, but, a single serving of mozzarellla did just fine for me.
Topping this pizza was so much fun. I made this in the morning and immediately knew I wanted it to be a breakfast pizza, of course, it can also be eaten at any time of day. My first thought was making this a lox pizza with cream cheese and salmon, but I wasn't entirely too sure how it would have tasted but, I think I should try it. I decided to make my own "pizza sauce" using fresh tomatoes. I wanted my sauce to be packed with flavour which is why I added paprika, cumin, lots of garlic and salt. The best part about making pizza is having fun with the toppings. You can literally add anything you want. If there's something you don't like with the toppings I used, feel free to modify. You can switch the bacon with turkey or vegan bacon, leave out the eggs, etc. Your options are endless, get creative and have fun with it.
2 1/2 cups of cauliflower( processed)
1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 tsp of oregano
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of basil
A pinch of salt
2 small tomatoes
a pinch of paprika, cumin, salt
2 pieces of bacon
1 tbsp of feta cheese
cilantro and pepper flakes to garnish
Pre-Heat oven to 425 degrees. If cauliflower isn't processed yet, cut off florets and place in a food processor and blend until you have 2 1/2 cups. You will not need the whole cauliflower head. When finished, place cauliflower in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 3 minutes cover bowl with saran wrap. When done, remove bowl from microwave and empty out the cauliflower onto a piece of parchment paper of cloth. Let it cool before straining, it will be hot. You'll then begin to squeeze the heck out of it and get as much water out as possible. You'll then dump the cauliflower out into a bowl and begin adding spices, cheese and the egg. Stir all the ingredients using a fork until mixed. Begin moulding the dough on parchment paper, and make whatever shape you'd like. Place in oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until brown. In the meantime, cut tomatoes into very small pieces, place in a pan and begin to cook adding 2 tbsp of water. Add paprika, cumin, garlic and salt and continue cooking until tomatoes look like a paste. Fry bacon and cut into small pieces and now you're ready to top off the pizza. Remove the pizza from the oven, and start adding toppings, start with the paste, spreading it across the whole pie, then carefully crack eggs on top, then sprinkle bacon pieces. Gently place the pie back in the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes depending on how well done you like your eggs. When done, take the pizza out, let it sit for a few minutes before adding feta cheese, cilantro and chilli flakes. Now the fun part, Bon Apetite!
I hope you like this recipe as much as I did, If you have a different way of making this crust, I'd love to hear about it. And just like always, don't forget to share with your loved ones, a pizza this good and healthy can save lives, Literally.