I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last post. Where did the time go? I know where it went…school work took it (insert eyeroll and LOUD sigh). But now I’m back and ready to keep sharing delicious recipes with you!
I know, I know, I’m the last one on the cauliflower train but I finally came around to it. The first time I tried a cauliflower concoction was when my friend made ‘cauliflower pizza crust’. What? I ate it, but did not enjoy it (Don’t worry, I still thanked her. I’m not a complete jerk, I know how hard it is to make something!). I love pizza and need my crust to start off doughy and end up with a crunchy crust. Cauliflower pizza crust just didn’t offer that…it was soggy and tasted odd. No amount of cheese and toppings could cover that up. Since then, I stayed far far away from subbing in cauliflower for another ingredient. Until now.
Look at that steam – Piping hot pizza coming through!
Ladies and Gentlemen: meet Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza (The cousin of Buffalo Chicken Dip) There have been more times than I care to admit when Matt and I have eaten buffalo chicken dip for a meal. That’s right we were like, ‘umm let’s skip a healthy dinner of b.srouts and chicken breast and just eat buff chix dip instead.’ I don’t know about you guys, but I have a serious issue with overeating dips and then getting a severe stomach ache afterward. It’s a real issue for me, but I do it anyways…
Now that you’ve decided to try this recipe (instead of eating dip for dinner), let’s get started.
First you’ll start off by preparing your ingredients. Make sure you have your pizza dough ready, your veggies chopped, cheese grated, and cauliflower roasted.
Do you use a pizza stone? I love using one, it makes the crust crispier. If you haven’t used one you should try it! Today is the day. Go ahead, spoil yourself.
For this recipe, put the pizza stone in the oven while roasting the cauliflower for 20 minutes. Keep it in the oven when you take out the cauliflower, but turn up the temperature to 500°F. It should take about 10 minutes to assemble the pizza, leaving just the right amount of time for the stone and oven to warm up.
side note: when roasting the cauliflower, just toss it with olive oil. that’s it! No need to salt and pepper it; the combination of buffalo sauce and celery on the pizza will provide enough saltiness to taste
First – start out by rolling your dough about 13” in diameter and 1/4” thick. Poke it allover with a fork (unless you like air pockets in the crust, then skip this)
Then – smother the dough in a nice helping of our pizza sauce. Sauce = 1/3 cup ranch mixed with 2 tbsp buffalo sauce
Then: Toss the roasted cauliflower in 1/3 to 1/2 cup buffalo sauce – it depends on how large your head of cauliflower was to begin with, but just make sure the cauliflower is evenly coated.
Next – pile on the toppings: celery, blue cheese, cauliflower, and mozzarella. Don’t hold back.
Finally – You’re ready to throw the pizza in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
SNIIIIIFFFFFFFFFFF!!! Can you smell it?! It smells AH-MAZING. Someone should really make a candle that smells like this. Although, to be honest, I wouldn’t buy it. Cuz that would be weird, right?
The pizza is just a visual overload with all the toppings, but really it’s not over-topped. They all go SO WELL together. Slice up your pie and serve. Or don’t, and just tell everyone you only have one slice left and it’s yours 🙂
Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza Recipe:
- pizza dough
- 1 small head cauliflower
- ½ cup (4 oz) mozzarella
- 2 tbsp (1 oz) blue cheese crumbles
- ½ cup (4oz) + 2 Tbsp (1oz) Buffalo Sauce, separated
- ⅓ cup (3oz) Ranch dressing
- 3 Celery stalks
- 1Tbsp (.5oz) Olive Oil
- Cut the cauliflower head into florets
- Grate the mozzarella cheese
- Chop the celery stalks
- Roll out your dough until it is about 13” in diameter and ¼” tall and poke top all over with a fork
- ROAST THE CAULIFLOWER:
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C)
- Toss Cauliflower florets in olive oil
- Spread cauliflower on baking sheet
- Roast for 20 minutes, until browned
- Once out of the oven and cooled, toss with ⅓ cup buffalo sauce
- ASSEMBLE THE PIZZA:
- Mix Ranch dressing with 2tbsp buffalo sauce, and spread sauce on pizza
- Top with mozzarella, celery, cauliflower, and blue cheese
- While assembling the pizza, turn the oven up to 500°F, then bake pizza for 8-10 minutes
What is your favorite cauliflower concoction? Have you ever had it onto of a pizza?