Autumn’s Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Total Time: 1 hr. 13 min. Prep Time: 20 min. Cooking Time: 53 min. Yield: 8 servings, 1 slice each

Ingredients: 1 medium cauliflower head, cut into florets Cheesecloth Sea salt (or Himalayan salt) and ground black pepper (to taste; optional) 4 cloves garlic, crushed with a garlic press (or finely chopped) ¼ tsp. dried oregano leaves 1 dash onion powder 1 dash crushed red pepper (optional) ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 large eggs Nonstick cooking spray ¾ cup pizza sauce, no sugar added 4 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half Fresh basil leaves

Preparation: 1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 2. Place half of cauliflower in food processor; pulse until cauliflower forms a paste. 3. Add remaining cauliflower; pulse until cauliflower is smooth and the consistency of mashed potatoes. 4. Place doubled cheesecloth over a medium bowl. Strain cauliflower by placing it in cheesecloth, in two or more batches, and squeezing water out. Cauliflower will be the consistency of baked potato. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. 5. Combine cauliflower, garlic, oregano, onion powder, red pepper, shredded mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and eggs in a medium bowl; mix well. 6. Place cauliflower mixture on a 12-inch pizza pan (or baking sheet) that is lightly coated with spray. Press down mixture until it’s very thin. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. 7. Top crust evenly with pizza sauce, sliced mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until pizza sauce is bubbly. 8. Top with basil. Cut into 8 slices.

Tip: Cheesecloth can be found in most grocery stores (in the kitchen tool section).

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