Happy Sunday peeps! I don't know about you guys but this week has been suuuuuuper cray. So, I already told y'all on Monday that I had started a 5 week chemistry course....yeah that didn't go so well.
This actually isn't the first accelerated summer course that I've taken but this one was by far the most intense.
When it comes to college, I like to think that I push myself as far as I can possibly go, to be the best student that I can possibly be. Unfortunately, this one was a no no. I had to pull the plug early and say goodbye to Summer chem and hello to Fall chem before I ended up saying goodbye to my sanity.
Buuut on the plus side, postponing my chem class means that I have more free time to do what I love the most, like seeing how many Cauliflower Pizzas Bites I can shove in my mouth at once. You know, productive things. 🙂
I've been so excited to share this recipe with you guys because 1) PIZZA and 2) it's ridiculously addictive!! I'm going to have an honest moment with y'all because I know you wont judge, right? *cheeky grin* I ate 4 of these cheesy love bites just while I was photographing for this recipe...unintentionally!
Seriously, every time I would have to pick one up to move it out of the frame or switch around some stuff...pop, there it went. In my mouth never to be seen again. No shame, nom nom.
I couldn't help but think how guilty I would have felt if they were actual carb loaded pizza rolls, but the fact that these are made with a super awesome 3 ingredient cauliflower crust almost makes it okay If I eat the entire batch. Too far? Okay fine, half batch.
If you haven't attempted to make a cauliflower pizza crust, or have had previous attempts that have scared you from even wanting to step near a cauliflower again (picture: kitchen full of cauliflower crumbs, soggy questionable cauliflower crust) have no fear.
It's really not that bad once you get into the swing of things, I promise.
I know that one of the most common issues when making a cauliflower crust is that it has the tendency to turn out a little soggy. Don't worry, we've all been there...some even more than others *slowly raises hand, hi*.
But after many trial and error attempts, I think I've gotten it down pretty solid. The key to making sure that the crust turns out nice and firm is to squeeze out as much juice as you can after microwaving the cauliflower rice.
Guys, I mean literally squeeze with every ounce of life that you have. You want it as close to dry as can be.
I don't think that paper towels will suffice. To really get as much juice out as possible, I strongly advise using a dish cloth or something similar.
You may want to wait until the cauliflower has cooled a little because it can be super hot to work with. I let mine cool for about 10 minutes and then wrung out the juice in two batches.
For each batch, I used a dish cloth, squeezed as much as I could, then transferred the dry cauliflower to another dry dish cloth and squeezed again.
All in all, I got about ¼ cup of cauliflower juice from a small-medium sized head. It was probably closer to ½ cup but I was wearing oven mitts to protect my hands from the heat which soaked up a fair amount of the juice.
Once the cauliflower is as dry as you can get it, you want to transfer it to a bowl and add one egg, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and some Italian seasoning (optional).
Spray a mini cupcake pan with nonstick spray and add about a tablespoon-full to each slot, pressing down with your thumb to create a dip in the middle.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Fill each mini pizza base with a little pizza sauce, cheese and mini pepperoni. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted.
You can use a butter knife to help lift the little pizza cups out of the tray once they have cooled down a little. See, it wasn't that bad now, was it friends? 🙂
-Recipe & Nutrition Info Below-
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Serving Size 4 pizza bites
Servings Per Container 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber g 0%
Protein 12g 24%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.