Thursday, May 16, 2013

Diabetic Pizza

Diabetic Pizza?

Sounds terrible, right? Anything food that has the word "diabetic" as a descriptor has got to be bad. Usually, "diabetic" foods are either tasteless, so laced with chemically-processed, unnatural ingredients, they would glow under a black light, or filled with so much fiber you might as well sit on the bowl while you eat it.

Do any of those things sound appetizing?

That's why I name the following recipe with care as Diabetic Pizza. It may be a recipe you've seen floating about the blogosphere or Pinterest. It's one that I've had an interest in trying, but has taken me a really loooong time to do so. It's Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

Yes, I know. That sounds just as unappetizing as fiber bars eaten on the toilet bowl, but trust me, it's good. Have I ever led you astray?

The recipe below is just for the crust and not necessarily for the pizza. Basically because I am of the assumption that you know what you like on your pizza. In case you don't, here are a few favorites:
  • Straight up margarita - an oldie but goodie of just cheese, sauce, basil
  • Arugula, Parmesan, squeeze of lemon
  • Grilled chicken, slice red onion, goat cheese, and BBQ sauce
  • Feta cheese, olives, lots of oregano over zesty tomato sauce

Sorry for the terrible picture, but you get the idea
Cauliflower Pizza Crust

by Bonnie Graham
Cook Time: 35 - 40 minutes
Keywords: bake food processor entree low-carb cauliflower
Ingredients (1 large pizza)
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella
  • Toppings of your choosing
1. Chop the cauliflower into medium pieces. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the oil and heat until shiny. Place the cauliflower in the hot oil, stir to cover with oil, and place a lid on the skillet. Check skillet every few minutes to keep cauliflower from burning, but let it get a nice browned roasted outside.
3. Continue to let cauliflower cook, covered, for about 10-15 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Let cool for a few minutes.
4.Preheat the oven to 450.
5. In a blender or large food processor, place eggs, cornmeal, cheese, and seasoning. Place cauliflower in blender and puree until you have a semi-smooth, thick batter.
6. Cover a pizza pan with parchment paper and pour batter into the center of the paper. Spread until you have about a ½ inch thick crust or thinner if desired.
7.Bake the crust for about 20 minutes, checking occasionally to keep from burning.
8. Top with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings and add back to the oven to cook for an additional 10 - 15 minutes.
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