Cauliflower pizza with kale and red onions

Cauliflower pizza with red onions and kale

My husband loves pizza, but unfortunately it doesn’t bode well for him when he eats it. He asked me if I would make him one from scratch, and I was eager to find something suitable.

I did find some gluten free dough recipes, but was really excited to find this Cauliflower Pizza recipe over at Detoxinista. I had made some bbq cauliflower earlier this week and still had a whole head left. It was perfect! ( well almost!). I slightly modified the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (about one head)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 Four cheese blend (Monterey jack, Cheddar, Asadero & Queso quesadilla cheeses)
  • 1 teaspoon dried italian seasoning
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • pinch of  sea salt
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh kale cut in thin strips

Do this:

  • Preheat your oven to 400F.
  1. To make the cauliflower rice, pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor or Nutribullet, until you have a rice texture.
  2. Add the cauliflower “rice” to a pot, sprinkle with about two tablespoons of water, cover and steam for about  5 minutes.
  3. “THIS IS THE SECRET: Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEZE all the excess moisture out! It’s amazing how much extra liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust. ” ( <<Detoxonista made this important point!) You will be surprised how much water comes out. Let it sit for a minute before squeezing, as the rice will and cloth will be very hot.
  4. Use a  large bowl to mix up strained cauliflowerrice,  egg, cheese, and your spices. It will actually look doughy. Press onto parchment into the shape of your choosing. Please use parchment paper!
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F. !  Your crust will look so delectable with the spices popping through the golden crust once done.
  6. While crust is baking add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan and heat until hot, add your onion slices and cook down until caramelized, then put in your kale and saute for about two minutes.
  7. Take pizza from oven and add the caramelized onions and kale to crust, and sprinkle more cheese on top. Return the pizza to oven , and bake  for another 5-7 minutes until cheese has melted nicely.

Make sure you double the recipe so,  one you can freeze a crust for later, or make a thicker crust. I made mines too thin and since I had no parchment paper on hand, I used foil instead which was a mistake. The cauliflower crust stuck to the oiled foil and was very hard to remove, hence my pieces of pizza instead of slices!

My husband really liked it, and I was so happy he did.

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