deceivingly delicious

by tiffanysc2013

A few weeks ago Diane invited Eleisha and I over for some pizza. It was no ordinary pizza. It was magic pizza.

I’m a carbs person. Any whisper of fresh-baked bread, cake, pasta or potatoes and you have my immediate attention. So when Eleisha mentioned that the crust was gluten-free I was suspicious. Not because of Diane’s cooking, but because Eleisha and my tastes do not always align. She likes kombucha, any type of legume or rice, and I of course like the opposite. But Diane is incredibly fun and amazingly accurate on many things. One of which is diet. She’s a vegetarian extraordinaire and this pizza is a delicious example of her culinary skills.

This pizza reminds me of a place that my roommates and I ordered from in LA often: cruzerpizza.com. They have stellar gluten-free  pizzas and they use the same vegan friendly cheese Diane suggests. My  friends Maya and Linda recommended it to me one day and if you know Maya and Linda, they are the authority on anything and everything great.

Diane and Eleisha share a blog with another good friend, Lindsay, but unfortunately they don’t post in it too often. Hopefully they find time to post in it soon so I can share it with you, but for now I am able to reveal Diane’s genius recipe with you here.

Behold:

Diane’s Delicious Cauliflower Pizza

3 cups cauliflower – approx 1/2 large head, grated (in food processor is easiest)
3 eggs
1/4 cup daiya vegan “cheese” (or 1/2 cup normal people cheese)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Preheat over to 400.
Line a cookie sheet that has sides with parchment paper.
Stir all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed and press with hands into prepared cookie sheet until it is evenly spread over the pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until it starts to turn golden.
Remove from the oven and let cool before adding toppings.

Pizza sauce:

1 soup can size tomato sauce (12 oz)
1 small can tomato paste
1 Tbsp oil (grapeseed or olive)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 garlic clove
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until everything is incorporated.

Distribute the pizza sauce onto the crust and then place whatever toppings your little heart desires.  Top with either a teeny amount of daiya cheese (it has a strong flavour) or normal amounts of regular cheese and pop it back in the oven at 400 until everything is melty and good.  Broil (watching carefully) until the cheese browns.

 

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