November 13, 2013

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Pizza... ah, the all American food.... not the 'hot pocket'  right? 
Just an inside joke among the In-Home Class students. 
The number of pizzas eaten just in the United States alone are so high... 
I don't even want to get into the numbers.

Think about it. 
How many pizzas did you eat as a kid, how many birthday pizza parties did you attend?
Pizzas are eaten after many sports games and practices. Remember in high school
eating pizza while working on school projects... and of course the pizzas you ate
with friends in college til the sun came up? 
As adults we still order pizza with co-workers to eat while finishing a project
to make the deadline.

Here is a twist on the average pizza.  
I'd like to share my creation of Buffalo cauliflower pizza with lemon zest.

I know, I know. You're thinking... cauliflower? 
Who eats cauliflower... let alone on a pizza?

You know that saying "don't judge a book by it's cover?"
Well,.............   don't judge a food without tasting it!.    :)

I took 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 packet of yeast.
I mixed in 1/2 coffee mug of hot water. (microwaved it for 1 minute)
I took a spoon and mixed it together and then let the dough sit
for a minimum of 30 minutes.

While the  dough is rising and doing it's  "thang"

Take some water and blanch the cauliflower.
(Don't overcook the cauliflower especially because you want a little bite to it
and it's going to go back into the oven.

After 30 minutes or so- roll out your dough
and drizzle some olive oil, coarse sea salt and squeeze the juice of half a lemon.
Do this to both sides and  cook the dough on an outside grill for the best taste.
If you don't have an outside grill-  the next best option is to 'broil' it in the oven
on the top rack.  Also- if you have a cookie rack- it's best cooked on there as well
so that the bottom of the pizza gets cooked as well.
While your dough is cooking-  take some  "Frank's" hot sauce
and coat a saute pan with the hot sauce and equal parts of butter.
Once the butter melts, take you chopped scallion and add that to the sauce
along with the cauliflower that's already cooked a little.

Once your dough is brown and toasty, take it out and add
another drizzle of olive oil, some shredded cheddar cheese, then the buffalo cauliflower
then some shredded mozzarella cheese followed by zesting one lemon and squeezing
the remaining juice of the other half of your lemon.

Throw it back in the oven for up to 7 minutes (or until the cheese melts)

I will guarantee that this pizza will be a new favorite.
Even if you are a meat loving pizza eater!

I wish I could make this pizza for all of you!
It's really something special.
The lemon really blends everything together so well giving it a fresh delicious taste.

1 cup all purpose flour
1 packet of yeast
1/2 coffee mug of water
1 lemon (for juice and the zest)
1/4 of a cauliflower
2 whole scallions
1/4 cup Frank's Hot sauce
1/2 stick of butter
sprinkle of sea salt
handful of shredded cheddar cheese
handful of shredded mozzarella cheese

Zestfully, Let's Cultivate Food

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