I enjoy cooking. I enjoy cooking for other people. I enjoy sharing my latest ideas and creations. I enjoy following a recipe.... not! I have a shelf full of cook books, but I rarely use any of them. I have a pinterest board full of yummy-looking food creations- I rarely look at those a second time. And forget about asking me for a recipe of something you ate at my house or what I brought to a pot luck. The typical answer is:..."well...a little bit of this, a little of that. It called for that, but I didn't have that so I substituted it for that..."
I am trying to change that. It would be nice if an awesome dinner could actually be recreated because I wrote down what I did or followed an actual recipe.
(I will say here that I always follow a recipe when baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc, because baking is a science to me and you need to have the right amount of ingredients to make it work!)
Bobby's been eating gluten free for about two years now. It came out of necessity, not following the latest trend. While it was difficult at first, we have converted our family to mostly GF, simply because it is just easier than to cook double everything. (We're still working on a REALLY GOOD bread option, experience so far has been "meh"... I digress...)
Pizza has been a tough one. While there are decent baking mixes for GF crust, they are all kind of hard and just not all that awesome. I had heard about this Cauliflower pizza crust, so while on a low carb kick, I decided to check it out. I searched out several recipes, tweaked them to ingredients I had on hand, and voila, here is the result:
You will need:
1 head of Cauliflower
parchment paper (do NOT skip this)
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (low moisture)
salt and pepper to taste (sorry, no measurements here, you just gotta taste it to make it right for you!)
Step 1) in a food processor mince the cauliflower into small pieces
Step 2) either microwave for 7-10 minutes or steam on stove top until tender (10-12 minutes)
Step 3) place cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze out the extra moisture- you can set it in a colander to cool, and then press out all the excess fluid. You want it pretty dry!
Step 4) mix egg, cheese, salt and pepper in with the cauliflower.
Step 5) place parchment paper on your baking sheet and press cauli-mixture onto paper. You can leave the edges slightly higher, as you would the dough on a regular crust.
Step 6) bake at 400 F for 20 minutes. Take it out, add sauce and toppings, bake another 15-20 minutes. Once you take it out of the oven, let it sit for approximately 5 minutes. You can now cut through the paper and slide the slice off the paper straight onto your plate.