You won’t believe it is cauliflower! Really. You thought of cauliflower as a second class vegetable that you might occasionally eat only if it was covered in a cheese sauce. Maybe if it was coupled with broccoli and in a cheese sauce you would try it. Or if you picked it from a tasty crudité platter with a good dip.
The New Cauliflower
Introducing the new cauliflower. I resisted the foodie trend for a long time. First I roasted some cauliflower and made a soup. It was terrible. So I resisted the cauliflower band wagon even longer.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Until one of those recipe videos on Facebook caught my attention. It looked easy. But I was still skeptical of the taste. Eventually, I decided to give it a go. On our regular pizza night I decided to make a cauliflower pizza in addition to our traditional pizza. That way I would have a backup in case the cauliflower pizza was a total bust.
There are a zillion cauliflower pizza crust recipes on Facebook and Pinterest so you can find your own, but here are my tips:
- Regardless of whether you use fresh or frozen cauliflower, you do need to squeeze out as much water as you can.
- Pre-bake the crust as the directions indicate, or longer, because no one likes a soggy pizza crust.
- Add spices and some cheese into the crust mixture. Cauliflower seems to absorb and represent the flavors well. This adds tremendous flavor and aroma to the dish.
- Bake a little longer than called for and let sit a few minutes before slicing. You’re trying to firm the crust.
So now that it’s mixed and baked, how does it taste? Describing the taste as “neutral” sounds negative, but it’s not. The taste is fine; it’s good; it’s good enough to repeat for the next pizza. What it doesn’t taste like is a vegetable. It tastes like a good, mixed grain flatbread. It doesn’t taste like deep-dish pizza crust; it doesn’t taste like a thin-and-crispy crust either. It does taste like good pizza crust.
So, after the successful cauliflower pizza crust I bought a bag of frozen cauliflower “rice”. It did stay in the freezer a while until I figured out what to do with it. Again, another Facebook recipe video caught my attention. This time it was to make cauliflower fried rice. And it was a huge success!
I tried this recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice. I served this tasty Sticky Honey Garlic Butter Shrimp with it. For full disclosure, I did substitute frozen cauliflower for fresh, which only made it easier and faster to make. And that is a positive step for a happy life!
You can’t tell the different between cauliflower and rice in this recipe. They look the same, and they taste the same. It does not taste too veg-ish at all. And just like rice, it is filling to eat. We didn’t have any leftovers, so I cannot say how well it saves in the refrigerator!
I am a cauliflower convert now. I didn’t even get into the health benefits because the taste stands on its own. I will be attempting more cauliflower substitution recipes. If you have a favorite, let me know.
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