Hungry for pizza? Looking for the nearest pizzeria?
Pizza places can be found in every corner of Amarillo.
The foundation of a great pizza is the crust. Types of crust range from cracker thin to thick pan. Every pizza lover has their favorite. In the search for healthier pizza, one of the newest types of crust is the cauliflower crust.
Cauliflower is one of the healthiest veggies around. It is high in vitamins and minerals. It is full of fiber and antioxidants that reduce inflammation. It is a low-carb vegetable that contains very few calories. It is adaptable. It has a light flavor. In fact, it tastes almost like nothing until it is cooked and seasoned. Cauliflower’s flexibility has already allowed it to replace rice and mashed potatoes in many kitchens. That cooks found a way to create the cauliflower pizza crust is no surprise.
Why replace amazing doughy pizza crust with cauliflower crust? Cauliflower crusts have fewer calories and carbs than traditional pizza crusts. Fewer carbs make cauliflower crusts an option for diabetics. Most cauliflower crusts are created gluten-free. This puts pizza back on the menu for people with Celiac and other auto-immune diseases. Cauliflower crusts can contain more fat depending on how they are prepared.
Most cauliflower crusts begin with raw cauliflower. It is steamed until tender. Next, it is chopped until it has the texture of cooked a rice. Cauliflower can also be purchased frozen and already processed into rice texture. Cooks can skip whole steps and create their pizza crusts much more quickly.
After preparing the cauliflower, all the moisture must be squeezed out. Soggy pizza crust is never a great foundation. At this point, recipes for cauliflower crust begin to differ. Depending on the cook, a variety of ingredients can be added to create the crust. A cook might mix in eggs, soft cheese, and Italian seasonings. Vegans would not want eggs or animal-based cheeses as a part of their pizza crust. To create a vegan crust, a cook might add cornstarch, olive oil, and sea salt. Cornstarch and oil can increase the carb count and add fats. People with special diets must know what is added to the cauliflower to create the crust.
Once the crust is mixed, it will have a different texture than dough crusts. It will not be kneaded and rolled out. It will be spread and shaped using a spatula or by hand. Next, it is baked until dry and crisp. It will be turned and baked on the other side, too. It must be baked on both sides to reduce the moisture and keep the crust from becoming soggy.
Now the crust is ready for toppings. Traditional pizza toppings will work with a cauliflower crust. It is important to keep the toppings light, especially the sauce. Too much sauce will rehydrate the crust and make it soggy. Healthier cauliflower crusted pizzas contain less cheese and fats and more vegetables. Once toppings are added, the pizza will be cooked again to incorporate all the flavors.
Cauliflower crust pizzas are crisp, thin, and chewy. They have a chewier texture than dough crusts. The taste depends on the ingredients mixed in the crust. Most crusts maintain the traditional Italian flavoring of dough crusts.
Overall, the cauliflower crust can be a great option for pizza lovers with special diets. As the saying goes, “Pizza is life!”