Gluten Free Pizza Crust Recipes; Cauliflower Addition

IMG_7649IMG_7651IMG_7645I have started to play around with some gluten free pizza crust recipes. I adapted this cauliflower crust from a recipe I found online. I like a lot of flavors in what I make, so I added some ingredients to the crust so that it has a great taste in and of itself. The crust took longer to cook than I expected, and it was hard to get it really crispy. BUT the flavor is all there, and I think the texture is pretty good too. I really loved this GF crust recipe & and will be making up some others as I toy around with different ideas of what to make it with. I hope you try this recipe out & give me some feedback. 🙂 xx

Yield: 2 crusts

-1 large head of cauliflower

-2 eggs

-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

-1 tsp salt

-2 tsps pepper

-2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced

-1 tsp oregano

-Parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the bottom off of the cauliflower with all of the green leaves and hard stems. Break the cauliflower into small florets. Place all of the florets into a large pot with about 1 and 1/2 inches of water in it. Cover with a lid. On medium heat, cook the cauliflower until it is fork tender and begins to fall apart–about 15 minutes. Strain the cauliflower in a large colander to remove the excess water, and let the cauliflower sit in there for about 20 minutes until it is as dry as possible.

Pour the cooked cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Lightly beat the eggs and then add them to the cauliflower, along with the remaining ingredients. Stir well until thoroughly mixed.

Place parchment paper on two cookie trays. Put the cauliflower mixture on the trays and spread it out using your hands. Make sure you use the same amount of mixture for each crust so that they cook uniformly.

Place into the oven for about 30-40 minutes, until it has browned. I removed the parchment paper mid-way through because I felt it was not getting crispy enough.

You can use whatever toppings you choose; I used whatever I had at my house which was cherry tomatoes, fresh arugula, basil from my garden, and baby bella mushrooms. I used just jarred tomato sauce as the base. Use whatever toppings and ingredients you have, and this meal comes together in about an hour and is DELICIOUS & healthy!

Naan Pizzas with Sweet Pea Pesto, Caramelized Onions, and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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I wanted to do a very “springy” recipes, and sweet peas always come to mind. This recipe was really easy to do. I got all of my ingredients from Trader Joe’s, but most grocery stores now have naan bread. These ones are a little thinner than the ones I have found at other grocery stores, but the size of the naan should not affect the cooking time that much at all.

I am breaking this recipe down into sections on how to make each part of it just so it’s a little bit easier to follow. Don’t get overwhelmed by the different aspects of this recipe; each part is actually really simple and does not take a lot of time!

Another thing–I used cilantro as an added flavor to the sweet pea pesto. You can use basil instead if you would prefer (I know not everyone likes cilantro!)

Yield: 5 Naan Pizzas

Sweet Pea Pesto:

-1 and 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed

-About 2 tablespoons cilantro (again, you can use basil if you’d prefer)

-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

-1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

-1 clove garlic

-1 tsp. salt

-2 tsp. pepper

In a food processor, blender, or something like a Nutri Bullet, put ALL of the ingredients in. Blend well until completely smooth. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust if you need to. The consistency should be like a thick greek yogurt when you are done making it.

Cherry Tomatoes:

-1 and 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes

-2 tablespoons olive oil

-salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the cherry tomatoes on a baking sheet and toss them in the olive oil and salt and pepper. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until they pop and get some golden brown color. Keep the oven heated at 400 degrees for when we put the pizzas in the oven later.

Caramelized Onions:

-2 large white onions

-2 tablespoons olive oil

Slice the onions in very thin rings. In a large pan, add the olive oil and the slices of onions. Cook on medium/low heat for around 30 minutes, or until they are all golden brown and very soft in texture.

Assembly:

-5 Naan Pizza Crusts

-1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese

With the oven already preheated to 400 degrees, place the naan pizza crusts onto a large baking tray. Spread the sweet pea pesto on each of the crusts using a spatula or spoon. Top with the caramelized onions, the tomatoes, and then just a sprinkle of the cheese. I did not make these too cheesy because there are so many other flavors. Place into the oven for just about 5 minutes until the cheese has melted, and enjoy!