Pure Henry Opinion
I have been looking for a cauliflower pizza crust that tastes great and isn't too difficult to make. This crust combined with the toppings has excellent flavor. It surprised me that I liked the cauliflower crust better than the traditional crust with these toppings. The flavor in the cauliflower crust enhances the different flavors of the toppings. The creaminess of the goat cheese and the saltiness of the prosciutto, mixed with a hint of sweetness from the figs, and the tarte flavor of the arugula makes for an exceptionally flavorful bite. Yum!! I find working with cauliflower to make crusts slightly difficult due to the water content of the cauliflower. It is very important to make sure you get as much water as possible out of the cauliflower before you mix it with the other ingredients to make the cauliflower pizza crust.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
First, you need to take the head of cauliflower and remove the inside stem. Next, place all of the pieces that you have removed and put them in a food processor or a Vitamix blender and mix until the cauliflower looks like small crumbs. Do not over mix. You do not want a paste! Next place the processed cauliflower in cheese cloth or a thin dish towel. You want to gather the cloth at the top and squeeze the cauliflower to remove the water. I find it best to do this several times. Continue this until you can't squeeze out any more water. Then wrap the cauliflower in a dry towel tightly. Place it in a plastic bag and leave it in the refrigerator over night.
Once the cauliflower is properly drained you are ready to mix the additional ingredients. Mix the egg, garlic powder, and salt. Combine the cauliflower and the mozzarella cheese. Mix until they are evenly combined. Lastly, add the egg mixture to the cauliflower and mozzarella cheese mixture.
Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Press the cauliflower crust mixture onto the cookie sheet. It should be about 1/4 inch thick. Bake the crust at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. The edges of your cauliflower pizza crust should be golden brown.
Combine the lemon juice and the olive oil. Next, toss the arugula with the olive oil and lemon mixture. Cut the dried figs into thin slices. Cut the prosciutto into 1 to 2 inch pieces. Crumble the soft goat cheese into small pieces. Lightly brush the baked cauliflower crust with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle the soft goat cheese and the fig slices over the crust. Place the prosciutto over the cheese and the figs. Bake for approximately 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until the prosciutto begins to brown. Remove the pizza from the oven and cover it with the arugula mixture.
Slice and Enjoy!!
Pure Henry Ingredient Spotlight
Cauliflower is our ingredient spotlight. It is often doesn't get as much attention as its cousin, broccoli, but it provides excellent nutritional and health benefits! The nutritional data on cauliflower shows it is a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acid. I am going to focus on the benefits of Vitamin C, and lysine because these share higher content levels in cauliflower then its other nutrients. Due to its dense nutrition profile cauliflower is a great substitute for different starches and can be used to create yummy recipes, including our flavorful cauliflower pizza crust.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is extremely beneficial to your body. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C eliminate free radicals that come from our environment and or lifestyle that cause inflammation and damage to the bodies tissues. Using antioxidants such as Vitamin C to decrease the number of free radicals in your body you can reduce inflammation and disease.(1) Blood pressure is also positively effected by Vitamin C. "People with high vitamin C concentrations had lower clinic blood pressure. There appears to be a strong association between vitamin C concentrations, an indicator of fruit and vegetable consumption, and a lower level of blood pressure." (2) Lastly, Vitamin C helps improve the cognitive function in people, lowering the risk of cognitive decline. A group of people age 60 and over were given several cognitive tests and the ones with low levels of Vitamin C scored the lowest on both of the tests. (3)
Lysine is an amino acid that is found in cauliflower. You can not create lysine on your own so you must get it from dietary sources. It aids your body in absorbing essential minerals, calcium, iron, and zinc, but is also critical for the proper formation of collagen in your skin, bones, and connective tissues. Collagen provides your organs and tissues with form and stability. (4) Lastly, proper amounts of lysine can reduce stress and anxiety levels. More that one study has confirmed that lysine decreased anxiety and reduced the level of the stress hormone cortisol. (5)