make no mistake, i have claimed to be the Worst Cook in the World before. i burn grilled cheese. i destroy popcorn in the microwave. i let water boil over all over the stove top. i basically thought i was a walking, talking cooking disaster.
but after reading some of my favorite lifestyle blogs, i came across some recipes i wanted to try. and so began my cooking adventures. and you know what? i'm not so bad at it because i am doing two things i wasn't before: 1 paying attention and 2 following directions
i know, it seems like common sense. it probably is. but when i'm waiting for water to boil or my grilled cheese to melt i get soooo bored. which leads to me to painting my nails or watching tv or going into my room until i'm like, ohhh f*** the pizza in the oven is burning.
but when i stay in the kitchen and actually follow every single step and pay attention? it's not so bad.
i wanted to share this recipe i found and made my own spin on. it's great for those of you who are gluten free and/or vegetarian (i am neither). and so begins my adventures in baking the vegetarian greek pizza with a gluten-free cauliflower crust.
yeah, i know what you're thinking. that pizza takes a long ass time to make. i found that out the hard way after i decided to conquer this recipe after yoga when i was starving. but honestly, it was worth it.
anddddddddd here we go with my first recipe post!
okay, so i copied the crust recipe from The Lucky Penny who blogged about the Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust Ever. i didn't want to screw this up by not following exact directions since i'd never attempted this before. plus the promise of BEST CAULIFLOWER CRUST EVER had me intrigued. for a more detailed crust recipe, click that link.
because i am not a chef i do not have a food processor, so i blended my cauliflower in my blender. lololol. that took forever. if you have a food processor or vitamix this process won't take forever for you.
here's the spices and cheese i put in the crust. $1 spices ftw.
you need the egg because it's what molds the crust together, so don't bother trying this without it.
looks like real crust, huh?
these were my toppings. you can add whatever you want to make it greek though. olives and mushrooms would have been awesome. and that sun dried tomato pesto sauce is BOMB on almost anything. samesies with that marinara. clearly i love pesto.
this is what it will look like after you bake it. you want the edges to be a crispy brown. HOWEVER, before you bake it you'll want to grease the baking sheet. i used canola oil.
as i was making this my roommate was all, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT *REAL* PIZZA. but i was determined to prove her wrong.
add your toppings, bake for about 7-10 minutes at 425. that kind of looks legit!
top view of the pizza. the edges were nice and crusty like real dough.
then came the taste test on my finest of china. we ended up eating it with a fork because i put too much canola down and the crust was slightly soggy, so next time i'd use cooking spray. other than that, it was pretty good! and surprisingly filling. keep in mind i was STARVING when i was done with yoga and had to wait forever to eat. two pieces filled me up! the texture is obviously different than dough, but with all those spices and cheese mixed in you don't really notice. and it's pretty good for you! (well, better than dominoes or whatever)
have you guys tried cauliflower crust before? what'd you think? let me know on twitter or in the comments! i was really impressed with this crust recipe and would totally make this again. makes me not feel as guilty for inhaling pizza! (although i would totally inhale any kind/type of pizza any day)
oh, so this is going to turn into more of a lifestyle blog. i can't remember if i mentioned that. you'll still get writing posts out of me, but other fun stuff as well :) hope you enjoyed this!