Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Trying to cut a few carbs from my diet, and trying to figure out a way to use up some cauliflower I had in my fridge, I thought I’d give cauliflower crust pizza a whirl.

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Overall, I’d say it was a good substitute, but, great, crispy, crusty pizza it was not.

I found a recipe online and made a few changes. Here’s how I made it:

Ingredients:
1/2 of a cauliflower head
1 egg
1 cup of shredded cheese (I did half mozzarella and half Swiss)
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon mined onion spice
pinch of salt

Start by putting the cauliflower pieces in a food processor. Then, microwave those chopped up bits for 8 minutes until they are soft.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the cauliflower bowl and stir. Form a circle from the mixture and place onto a non-stick pizza stone or pizza pan (you can use cooking spray).

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Bake the crust at 450 degrees just until it starts getting a little bit darker in color, about 15 minutes.

Take the crust out of the oven, turn the oven to broil, and start adding you ingredients to the pizza. Keep in mind that the pizza will not bake, as it normally does, so your ingredients will need to be already cooked.

We used sauteed mushrooms and green pepper, olives, and fresh mozzarella cheese (cut into wedges and left on a counter to dry out for an hour or so to prevent excess water on the pizza).

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Put the prepared pizza back in the oven and let it broil until the toppings are melted/warm. Serve immediately.

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Some stray observations:
 – The pizza crust is small. I thought we would get a bigger pizza out of it. Definitely make two of these to serve more than one person, unless you plan on having a big side salad or something to serve with it.
 – I thought this would taste pizza crust-like. It doesn’t really, but it doesn’t taste like cauliflower either.
 – You won’t get the satisfying crispiness you will with a regular pizza.
 – This does taste fresh, and it won’t leave you in a pizza coma. The crust is a lot lighter than regular pizza crust.

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Valentine’s Day Mantel

I finally got my Valentine’s Day decor up. There’s not much of it, so it was really just laziness that it took me so long.

Last year, I showed you the heart garland and heart pillow that I made. Those have been put to use again.

The main upgrade for this year was the mantel I decorated in our living room.

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It’s the first thing you notice when you walk into the apartment, so I like to keep it festive and change the decor out each season/holiday.

The wall art in the frames were easy to do. I printed out this printable from Scrapaholics.

For the red frame, I found a Valentine’s Day card I had given Dan last year, centered it in the frame, then backed it with pink scrapbook paper.

Those little tea light holders are from Ikea, though I bought them years ago and doubt they are still available.

I still had some of those felt cut out hearts from last year laying around, so I used some leftover red ribbon (from Christmas) and some mini laundry pins to hang them.

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Pretty simple, but I really like the way it looks.

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Game Day Cheese Stuffed Pretzels

We headed to a Superbowl party last night with some of our friends. There was a great spread of football food fare: chicken wings, pigs in blankets, veggies and dip, etc.

We decided to bring cheese stuffed pretzels to share.

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I found this recipe online, so we decided to give it a whirl.

What we found that the recipe, while time consuming, was not too difficult.

We made the dough, then let it rise.

Then we spread the cheese out, rolled the dough,

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and cut it into 1 inch bites.

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We boiled the pretzel bites,

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then baked them.

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I found you really need to pinch the cheese into the dough, so it doesn’t fall out while boiling.

We served them warm by themselves (no sauce), and they were pretty good.

The verdict: I would make these again, but there need to be more cheese. Like, a lot more cheese. When eating them at the party, we took to adding cubes of cheese to them before eating them.

So, we’ll try them again, with a cheesier tweak.