The Healthy (GF, DF) Pizza Of Your Dreams

by: ALEKSIJA VUJICIC

In an unfortunate twist of fate, I am allergic to both gluten and dairy. Yes, I know what you’re thinking…“Omg, what do you eat?!” Well, a lot of things for that matter. However, I must admit, there is one all-important food group, Earth’s gift to mankind, a blessing rained down upon us from the heavens, a food no human can live without, that I am forced to live without…

Pizza.

Yes, I said it. I daydream about shamelessly shoving a piece of gooey, cheesy thin-crust pizza into my mouth. My mouth salivates when I sit down at a restaurant and my entire family orders personal pizzas while I’m stuck with an unsatisfying salad. I had resigned myself to a life of missing out on one of the world’s greatest joys, when one day, I discovered the impossible…

Cauliflower Pizza.

Allow me to tell you about this magical day. I recently sat down to order lunch at a favourite restaurant of mine, The Butcher’s Daughter, when I saw a “cauliflower pizza” on their menu. When I inquired about this peculiar menu item, I learned that not only is it gluten-free (the crust is literally made of cauliflower), it is also dairy-free (as it is made with vegan cheese), and all-around healthy. As you can imagine, I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. All of my pizza dreams came true. I quickly went home, replicated the recipe, and have presented it to you below. Gluten and dairy-free Zenzy gals, rejoice.

 

CAULIFLOWER PIZZA RECIPE:

Ingredients:

CRUST

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped (I like to buy riced cauliflower at Whole Foods!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I like this vegan mozzarella cheese!)
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

 

TOPPINGS

  • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Cup Arugula
  • 5-8 Slices of Prosciutto
  • Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar to taste
  • Optional: ANY TOPPINGS YOU LIKE, MAKE THIS YOUR DREAM PIZZA

 

Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. If you haven’t purchased pre-riced cauliflower, throw your head of cauliflower into a food processor and blend until finely ground, creating about 2-3 cups.
  3. Transfer the cauliflower to a bowl. Using severalpaper towels, drain the cauliflower completely, removing as much water as is absolutely possible. The drier the cauliflower, the better the crust.
  4. Stir eggs, mozzarella, and Italian seasoning into cauliflower. Season additionally with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Flatten the cauliflower mix into a rectangle onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
  6. Spread tomato sauce onto the crust, followed by mozzarella cheese, arugula, prosciutto, and any other toppings you would like baked. Place the pizza back into the oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add any final toppings. Serve immediately, sprinkled with basil and red pepper flakes, if you so desire.

 

All of your pizza dreams have come true.

 

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