Updated: Dec 27, 2020
Throughout our medical training we have hours of clinical work to fulfill to make us competent physicians. On top of that, when we are finally released from our clinical duties, we dive head first into our books to prepare for our next shelf exam. Between these two obligations, we tend to adopt unhealthy habits to keep ourselves sane! In response to this, Brinda and I have started on a Keto diet to try and shed a few pounds before the labor day weekend! The food on a Keto diet can become pretty plain and boring after a couple of days and your will power is definitely put to a test; especially when you are driving past dozens of fast-food chains on your way to school. After the 7th day of eating bacon and eggs in a row, Brinda and I scoured the web looking for some good recipes to put some spark back into our palettes and decided to try this Keto Cauliflower Pizza!
Cook Time: 1 hours
1 head cauliflower
½ cup mozzarella cheese
½ cup parmesan cheese
½ Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cracked pepper
Toppings (You can be creative, but here's what we used for our pizza)
Preheat the oven to 500⁰F
Cut the off the cauliflower florets and placed them into a food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.
Transfer the cauliflower rice into a large bowl and microwave for 3-5 minutes on high and let cool for 15 minutes. This process is to pull out as much moisture as we can from the cauliflower.
Once cool, transfer the cauliflower to a clean dish towel or cheesecloth and squeeze the cauliflower to get rid of excess moisture. Try to squeeze every last drop!
Add the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients for the cauliflower crust and mix in until a dough is formed.
Line a large pan or pizza pan with foil or parchment paper.
Place dough in the middle of the pan and push out until a 1/4 inch thick crust is formed. Make sure it is evenly spread out to ensure an even cook.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. This is what our finished crust looked like:
9. Spread the tomato sauce evenly across your crust and add all the toppings &
bake for another 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted to desired consistency
(The prosciutto, basil, parmesan and fried egg was added after)
Overall this was a delicious and healthy alternative to the traditional pizza. It was full of flavor and hit every point I would ever need from a pizza. The only thing I wished was if the crust was more crisp and crunchy. I am not sure if we should have left it in the oven a bit longer or if we could have pulled more moisture out of the cauliflower dough. Despite that one issue, we were very satisfied with how the pizza came out! Definitely revived our tastebuds after days of eating boring foods to stay loyal to our Keto diet. Based on how close it tastes to a real pizza as a fun and healthy alternative, the number of aprons we decided to award this recipe is a...