Primal Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

 

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One of the things I miss with the whole paleo thing is pizza.  The funny thing is that I don’t even like pizza that much…but when I want it, I WANT the pizza, like, yesterday.  Anyway, there is probably a way to make this strictly paleo and Whole30…but I’m sorry, I’m not interested in any pizza that doesn’t have cheese.  Call me crazy like that.

Getting the consistency right on the crust is the hard part.  This is not going to be a chewy, identical crust to your favorite slice.  The crust is nothing like regular pizza crust.  What I have found is that you want to make the crust as thin as possible without having bare spots.  The best consistency for this is going to be more like a pliable cracker.  Additionally, it doesn’t cut all that neatly into slices.  I mean…if you’re really steady with your hands and take a long time, it will resemble slices (like in the picture above).  But seriously, it took me almost 10 minutes to cut those pieces…so unless you’re taking pictures, just shovel it in your mouth.

 

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Primal Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

1/2 head cauliflower, shredded (I used the shred setting on my food processor, but you could use a cheese grater as well)

1 C grated Parmesan Reggiano (or whatever parm you like to use)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large egg, whisked

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp onion powder

olive oil

pizza toppings (on this one, I used sliced Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella)

salt and pepper

 

1.- Shred cauliflower.  Put 2 C in microwave-safe bowl and heat for 8 minutes.  Remove from microwave and let cool (if you spread it out over a larger area, it will cool faster).  You want it tender, but not mushy.

2.- Preheat oven to 450.  Grease a pan with olive oil (remember to make it large enough to spread your crust pretty thin).

3.- Mix cauliflower, egg, grated cheese, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Pour over baking sheet and use the back of a spoon to smooth and flatten.  Drizzle or spray with a little more olive oil.

4.- Bake crust for 15-20 minutes, or until browning and getting crispy.  Remove from oven, add toppings, and bake until cheese starts to bubble (about 5 more minutes).

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