Lately I've seen a few recipes for pizza come up in my google reader with cauliflower as the crust. Seriously? Why in the world would anyone replace delicious carby crust with cauliflower?! I know carbs are the enemy and whatnot, but let me tell you as an 85 lb. (and counting!) weight loser, it's not! Diet and exercise, counting calories, and a colorful, plant based diet at the answer! I have my pizza, and eat it too.
After receiving 3 heads of cauliflower in the CSA share last week, I decided to take the cauliflower pizza idea, and make it the topping. To make it flavorful and healthy, I used a 50/50 unbleached white flour/whole wheat flour pizza crust, and roasted garlic infused goat cheese as my base. Roasting vegetables gives them so much flavor, the cauliflower turns a little nutty and the garlic becomes sweeter and less pungent. A sprinkle of parmesan, some fresh thyme and scallions finished the pizza and let me tell you it was phenominal! I paired it with a garden salad and it was a healthy (but delicious) pizza night! For Christmas, we received a pizza stone, and it really does make a huge difference. This is the first time my homemade pizza has bubbled up like the best pizzaria's pizzas do, and yes, that's a life "win" for me!
Roasted Cauliflower Pizza with Garlic Goat Cheese
Veggie by Season original
3/4 c. warm water (about 110*)
1 packet instant yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. olive oil
1 head of garlic
2 tsp. olive oil, divided
1 large or 2 small heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
4 oz. goat cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan
2 fresh sprigs of thyme
2 scallions, thinly sliced
Crushed red pepper flakes
Preheat oven to 400*
Cut top 1/3 of garlic bulb off, place garlic on a square of tin foil, drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil.
Pinch up sides and create an ball around garlic.
Place in the oven and roast for 1 hour.
While garlic roasts, prepare crust.
Add water, yeast and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer, swirl around to gently mix.
After yeast begins to bubble, attach dough hook to the mixer and add flour, salt and oil.
Turn mixer on low and knead dough for 8-10 minutes, add additional flour if necessary, dough should be slightly sticky, but pull away from sides of the mixer.
Flour surface, form dough into a ball and rest, cover with a damp towel.
Add cauliflower to a baking sheet, toss with 1 tsp. olive oil, kosher salt and black pepper, place in the oven with the garlic and roast for 20 minutes.
When garlic is finished, cool and squeeze out 4-5 cloves into a dish, add goat cheese and mix well.
Remove cauliflower from the oven and set aside while you prepare the crust, Raise oven temperature to 475*.
Stretch dough out and form a circle, top with goat cheese mixture, cauliflower, Parmesan, thyme, scallions and crushed red pepper flakes.
Place on a pizza stone and bake for 20-24 minutes, until crisp on the bottom and golden brown on top.