Cheesy Cauliflower Pizza Bites – Vegan or Not
- 1 small head cauliflower, washed and dried
- 1 1/4 cup + 1/4 cup mozzarella, or vegan cheese shreds, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg or 1 egg-replacer (1 Tablespoon chia seeds combined with 3 Tablespoons water)
- 5-6 basil leaves, cut into slivers
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cut florets from cauliflower, discarding most of the stem.
- Process florets in a food processor to form “rice.”
- Cook cauliflower rice on high in the microwave for 4 minutes.
- Spread hot cauliflower rice out on a clean dish rag and allow to cool.
- Fold sides of dish rag over the top of the rice and press to remove additional moisture.
- Return cauliflower rice to bowl and add oregano, basil, garlic powder, salt and 1 1/4 cup of cheese shreds.
- Stir to combine ingredients.
- Prepare egg-replacer, if using, by combining ingredients and allowing to gel for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in egg-replacer or egg.
- Use hands to compress mixture into two or three dough balls. The balls will not be as firm as traditional dough, but should hold their shape.
- Place dough on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper that has been coated with cooking spray.
- Press the dough into desired shape, pressing down to flatten the surface and moving in the sides.
- Continue to flatten and move in the sides until the surface is flat and the dough is firmly packed together.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the bottom sides of the crust just begin to brown.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese shreds and basil over the top.
- Return to the oven and bake for about 3-4 minutes more.
- Remove from oven and allow pizza to cool for about 5 minutes.
- Cut into squares and enjoy!
Recipe can be made a day ahead of time and reheated in the oven at serving time. This is a basic cauliflower pizza crust that can be topped with pizza sauce and desired toppings.
Image and recipe reprinted with permission from www.dinner-mom.com and www.healthyaperture.com