On Friday nights I have an open door policy. Anyone who is anyone can (most likely moms with kids) show up and there will be pizza and wine waiting for them….well, no wine for the kids. This tradition has been going on for about 3 years. It started around the time I realized that
sometimes most of the time, being a work-from-home mom can be lonely, especially on Friday nights.
The one problem with Friday night pizza?
For the past 6 months, of these 3 years, I have been making a conscious effort to take better care of myself (finally!) by eating better and moving more. But I’m an all or nothing kinda girl and once I have a bit of pizza, I have all the pizza. Knowing this about myself I decided to start experimenting with ‘healthier’ pizza of the gluten-free variety.
I know what you’re saying, “you’re allowed to treat yo’self sometimes!” and I know this to be true, however, I choose to treat myself with wine. That’s right, I will choose wine over gluten every time, and should you be nodding your head in agreement as you read this you will definitely want to keep reading. You may also find this blog post interesting because I’ve included whether or not your kids will like the pizza too! We also have to feed them on Friday nights.
So here is my family friendly review of the 2 most popular gluten free pizza recipes:
Cauliflower Pizza Crust.
The original version of this pizza recipe can be found in this video. I followed it pretty much exactly but changed it up a little the next few times, plus the guy who made this video is funny. He’s also exactly right when he says that if you have never eaten pizza before, this will be a great substitute. I actually found it to be quite tasty, the kids however, did not….at all!
You will need:
1 head cauliflower
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 inch square grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 ounces fresh goat cheese (or 1/2 cup mozzarella)
cayenne to taste
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Grind cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles flour(ish) and cook the ‘cauliflower flour’ over medium heat in a pan with water for 5-6 minutes. Let this cool and squeeze out ALL of the water with a towel. You should have about 1 1/2 cups of dry cauliflower pulp left. Mix the remaining ingredients.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and press the ‘dough’ into a pizza shape. I like to use a piece of parchment paper on top too. It helps to press without sticking to your fingers. Place your pizza crust into an oven at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
Once the crust is cooked, let it cool a bit. Flip it over and dress it like any other pizza. Pop it back into the oven until the cheese is melted.
Fat Head Pizza Crust.
Apparently fat head pizza is online famous! I spend most of my time online and I had never ever heard of it until Hobby Body heard me complaining about cauliflower pizza. I will be the first to admit that this pizza is not as healthy (notice the lack of cauliflower or any other veggies) but it went over way better with the kids. And, it was a heck of a lot quicker!
You will need:
1¾ cups (approx) grated cheese (mozzarella is the best or Edam/mild cheese)
½ cup almond flour/meal
2 tbs cream cheese
salt to taste
½ tsp dried rosemary/ garlic or other flavourings (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Place grated cheese and cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute, stir and put back into the microwave for 30 minutes. Mix in the eggs, salt, spices and almond flower.
Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and roll out into a pizza shape. Again, I like to have parchment paper on top of the ball of dough too. Poke some holes in your dough and place it in the oven at 425 degrees for 12 -15 minutes. You can flip it and put it back in the oven for a bit if you would like the crust a little crustier!
Once the crust is cooked, let it cool a bit and dress it like any other pizza. Pop it back into the oven until the cheese is melted.
I’m going to be honest here and say I really liked both pizzas but would likely reach for the cauliflower if it was up to me only…but it’s not. It just ‘felt’ a little healthier to eat this pizza and it goes well with a nice bottle of red. My biggest complaint is the time it takes to put this crust together. All the blending and squeezing and pressing can take a bit of time, which is not great with a bunch of hungry kids running around. I have started making the crust the night before and pulling it out for the kids to dress how they please on Friday night.
So there you have it, when the kids are around and looking forward to a tasty Friday night pizza the Fat Head pizza wins by a landslide. Besides, you can easily load up the pizza with delicious veggies by hiding them between the sauce and the cheese!
P.S. Double both recipes if you are having guests.
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