Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cauliflower Pizza Crust & MIA

First things first, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the Mama's out there (especially my Mom and MIL!). Excuse my absence! Josh got sick Thursday and then we took a quick trip up to our old stomping grounds (Penn State) to watch Josh's brother graduate from his MBA program.

Prior to leaving, I did get a chance to try a new recipe, Julie's Cauliflower Pizza Crust. I saw Em make it and couldn't wait to give it a go. I followed Julie's recipe (for the most part) but used 1/4 cup egg beaters (instead of an egg) and 3/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese (vs. 1 cup). Raw cauliflower:

Cooked, riced, mixed with egg beaters and cheese:

I then added some of this fun spice mix:

Baked, topped, broiled. Josh's topping was prosciutto, cheese and artichokes (post baking):

Mine was cheese, peppers and onions (pre baking):


Totally delicious! Thank you Julie!!
Lots to catch up on today! I am going to lunch with my Mom & Dad and then hanging out with this guy:


How are you spending your Mother's Day??

68 comments:

Nicole Carrillo said...

No way! Had no idea cauliflower could be used for a pizza crust, that might actually get me to buy another huge head of it. Thanks so much :D Over here in the NW, Mother's Day festivities haven't started yet. But I'm hoping to throw a big bbq for me mami, and I'm uber excited to introduce homemade cocoa bars + homemade frozen yogurt to the family. Oh blog land, all the things I've learned.

Have a great end to your Sunday!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

Get me a slice of that awesome and creative pie and a snuggle with Frank!! Sounds like the perfect pizza- so different and unique! I hope you have a fantastic day with your mama, my love!

Jenna said...

What a brilliant idea to make a pizza crust out of caulifower! Have a wonderful Sunday. :)

I wish I was spending today with my mom, but the bf's mom is a good second!

Krista said...

I've seen cauliflower pizza crust before. I'll have to give it a shot one of these days...

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

I just saw you this recipe last week and really want to try it. I just showed P that pic of Frank and I think he's in love. He kept saying cute cute doggy! ;) Hope you guys had a great trip.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

I've wanted to try that pizza crust too! Looks delicious to me :-)

homecookedem said...

So glad you tried out the cauliflower crust and enjoyed it!! I can't wait to make it again!! Great ideas on the modifications!!

Hope you're having a wonderful day!! :)

Heatha said...

I saw a pup just like Frank at the park on my run this morning. Fell in love instantly!! Enjoy your evening!

tam said...

What a fab idea! Looks super yummy x x

thedallasceliac.com said...

I'm always looking for new GF pizza "crust" ideas - thanks!

Hope you had a nice lunch with your parents. We saw my parents yesterday, so I rode 50 miles and am now having fun eating back all the calories I burned (just made brownies!!). Have a good rest of the weekend

Deirdre said...

My mom was actually in New York so I got to spend Mother's Day with her for the first time in 6 years. We went to brunch. It was awesome. I hope you had a great weekend.

Kelsey said...

mothers day and a cauliflower pizza crust! O YEA! now we're talkin' hehe <3

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Great post. Love the cauliflower pizza idea. Have a blessed day.

Cheers!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I must try this again. I did it about a year or 2 ago and just couldn't get it right. Your's looks so good that I must try!

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Wow, I love the idea of making cauliflower crust. Looks awesome! I hope you enjoyed your Mother's day. :)

Trying To Heal said...

oh, i've made a shephard's pie with a cauliflower crust; i must try it with pizza!

mother's day i ended up working and away from my mom...luckily i gave her her gift early!

Lauren said...

Hmmm, cauliflower as my pizza crust?!?! Interesting but I love it! :)

We celebrated mothers day last night with a sushi dinner. It was fabulous.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend girl. :) Take care.

Jessica said...

I need to try that! My husband will NOT touch "white broccoli." Maybe I could trick him?

Frank is the cuttest puppy : )

Julie said...

I can't even believe that this is a possibility! haha I wish cauliflower wasn't so friggn expensive over here latley or else i'd be all over it :) i now can't wait until it gets a wee bit less expensive haha

happy mamas day to your mommy :) AND to you for being such a good mama to frank

Maria said...

Interesting pizza crust! I hope Josh is feeling better! It is my Josh's b-day so we have been celebrating all weekend long. It's been a fun one:)

lynn @ the actors diet said...

i love cauliflower and am always looking for new ways to eat it - this is certainly quite inventive!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

This cauliflower crust is so interesting, I have seen it a few times and definitely want to try it soon. Can't believe you guys made such a short trip up to PA, you've gots to be tired girl! Have a great Sunday relaxing and getting ready for the week :)

Priyanka said...

I made this cauliflower crust long back and had totally forgotten about it. Your's looks delicious. Hope you has a great day!

Katie said...

Great idea! I've been craving pizza for some time now... definitely saving the recipe.

My mom and I spent Mothers Day driving around, antiquing and stopping for ice cream.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

what a great pizza crust recipe! love it, erica!

have a great week hon!
xo

Billy said...

Wow. Had no idea cauliflower could be that versatile. I turned my wife onto it and now she can't get enough of it. And your dog looks so awesome, bet you two have lots of fun.

I spent the morning running and then making snippy comments at the TV and laughing with my mother, just the usual. Then me and my wife went over to her mother's and had dinner with some "mother-friends"

*Naomi* said...

hapy mothers day to your momma!! i had a fantastic brunch at my parents house then spent the rest of the daywith my momma we did some shopping and just relaxed!!!

I love the idea of that cauliflower pizza!....can you rice it in a food processor?!

madeleine@mad-about-running.blogspot.com said...

Erica, what a fantastic idea!! And I love your healthy substitutes. I'm anxious to try this at home. Thanks for all of these wonderful posts-- both pizzas look totally delicious. Were you at Penn State Main? What a road trip!!! XOXO

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Wow, never heard of that idea!! I am always willing to try new things though..thanks for sharing!

Anne Marie said...

Love the idea of using cauliflower for a pizza crust! I spent Mother's Day with my MIL in the morning and my mom in the evening. I had a blast!

peanutbutterfingers said...

hooray! i'm so glad you liked it! i LOVE anything super cheesy, so i'm quite a big fan. :D

I Run for Fun said...

Yumm! That is so creative! Must try it one day.

teresa said...

oh my gosh, i have to try that! what a yummy idea!

cute picture of frank! enjoy your week!

Holly said...

When I finally get a food processor, that'll be one of the first things I make! It looks just as good (if not better?) than a real crust, yummmm.

Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day! LOVE that picture of Frank. How sweet is he?!

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

I'm obsessed with Cauliflower--this is something I NEED to try! :)
Aww congrats to Josh's brother-that's amazing!

Angharad said...

Ohh he is just the cuteness!
I spent the day running ten miles, watching football (aka soccer) and then taking the mil out for a lovely dinner! Doesn't get better!

That pizza looks legit!

Tiffany said...

yumm! what a great way to use cauliflower! i've never seen it as a pizza crust though - very interesting!

i spent mother's day gardening with my mom. :) hope yours was wonderful!

biz319 said...

I need to try that crust again - the last time I made it we had to eat it with a fork and knife, but it was great!

Had a fabulous day with my Momma, daughter and hubby - I always love your picture of your dog!

insideiamdancing said...

I saw that on Julie's blog- looks delicious!!!

Hope you enjoyed Mother's day and Josh is feeling better. i saw my mom over the weekend but Mother's day was celebrated a few weeks ago here in the UK.

have a great Monday!

Megan D said...

What a great idea for pizza crust!! I'm going to have to try this. And your dog is TOO cute :)

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

That pizza crust is such a great idea! Looks awesome. I didn't get to see my mum for Mother's Day since she's 6 hours away...but I will see her in a few weeks so I'm looking forward to that! Hope you enjoyed yours :).

bhealthier said...

oh my goodness what a fantastic idea!!! i LOVE LOVE LOVE IT i must make this asap.

Tracey said...

I've never heard about Cauliflower pizza crust. Looks interesting, I wonder if my husband would go for it?!?

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

Aah your puppy is so cute! That's how I spent my weekend--chillin with my dog.

I'm wondering if I can vegan-ize the cauliflower crust. Any ideas?

She-Fit said...

OMG! I had no idea that cauliflower could be used as a pizza crust. This is great. I cant wait to try it out.

Erin at The HEalthy Apron said...

wow! Unique! I should try this out! Especially since I LOVE pizza!

My Sensei said...

I am so intrigued by this cauliflower pizza crust! I have never heard of anything like that before. I think I'm going to have to try it out!!
Thanks so much for sharing this unique recipe!!

hbobier @ Basil Vodka said...

Thanks for the link to the vegan Potato Cauliflower crust! I'll have to try it out.

For anyone else looking for the recipe: http://www.thesensitivepantry.com/the-sensitive-pantry/2009/5/16/potato-cauliflower-pizza-crust-great-american-gf-pizza-chall.html

Kerstin said...

This is such a unique crust - yum! Such a cute picture of Frank too :)

Ana said...

Yumm!! I had never seen anyone use cauliflower as a pizza dough, GENIUS!! Cannot wait to try this out :)

Juliana said...

Great idea using cauliflower for pizza crust...have to try it :-) Hope you had a great time at your mom's ;-)

Cait said...

Ok the cauliflower pizza crust looks awesome! What a great way to get more veggies. I have already tried the faux mashed potatoes, made with cauliflower and I have heard of risotto, but never pizza crust. I will give this one a try some time.

Yum Yucky said...

It's so ironic you talk pizza crust. There was baked-in hair in mine yesterday - courtesy of the pizza shop. Gah! I should try your non-hairy recipe instead.

Sophie said...

I just made this for the first time too, sooooo good! I'm glad you liked it!

Britt said...

Interesting use of cauliflower..... might have to attempt that sometime.

We had the moms & families over for brunch yesterday. It was nice, I made a couple types of frittata, scones, toast and fruit salad.

Stacey said...

That pizza sounds so amazing and really healthy.

Diana said...

OOOH! Cauliflower pizza crust sounds like a fab idea! Fun idea. I visited my mommy in CT this weekend and brought her some homemade treats. It's fun to return the favor and cook for her, but I think secretly now that there are no more kids at home she kinda likes having me around to cook for every so often. ;)

The Blonde Duck said...

What a neat pizza crust!

Janetha said...

ive been wanting to make julie's caulicrust! yours looks great. i love frank :)

Esi said...

Interesting "crust". Just got back from seeing my mom in SF!

OhThatIWereKidding said...

frack.
reading this makes me want to propose marriage to you and lure you to my domicile to make the pizza for me.

Jessica said...

I've been eyeing that recipe for a few months now, and the more I see it, the more I'm convinced to give it a try. Looks great! I didn't get to see my mom on Sunday, but in two weeks I will. I miss her...

Lori said...

What an interesting pizza crust! Just when I thought I had run out of ways to use cauliflower. It sounds really good.

Hope you had a good time at Penn State. We went there once for a wedding, but didn't get a chance to look around campus. I'd like to go back sometime. It seemed like a cool college town.

Oh Frank, that boy makes me smile every time. :)

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

Awesome idea! I love experimenting with new crusts.

Your dog is adorable by the way.

I ran a 5K this Mother's Day to celebrate my first official Mother's Day....since I'm just about six months pregnant.

whataboutsummer said...

I'm so so impressed with this. Invite me to dinner some time and make me drool!

seriously- cauliflower crust? why don't you own a restaurant or cooking show?

vanillasugar said...

what does califlower have in it that's good for you? it's not green, so i'm always so curious. i adore frank, what a life eh?

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

That crust is outrageous! I would have never ever thought that cauliflower could be a crust. I love cauliflower...I'll have to give it a try:)

Sarah said...

This is SOOO interesting! Gah, I'm so behind!! I am bookmarking this and the original, very interested in trying it. This could make a yummy lunch- I wouldn't allow myself pizza for lunch ever, but a cauliflower crust is such a delicious concept, much healthier than the doughy, gooey pizza I love on weekend nights :)