Pesto, Shrimp and Tomato Cauliflower Pizza

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If you haven’t switched to cauliflower pizza crust, then stop and read this blog! <–

Now, that you’ve decided that cauliflower pizza is delicious and nutritious, we can begin.  We’re taking that “normal” cheese pizza to a whole new level.  I got the inspiration to make this pesto, shrimp and tomato cauliflower pizza after having made the pesto sauce and falling in love.  I replaced the tomato sauce of regular pizza with pesto and topped it with shrimp, sun-dried tomato and a Fontina-Gruyere cheese mixture.

Together these ingredients make the perfect piece of pizza without the unhealthy grease and delivery prices. One pizza or head of cauliflower will make four servings at around 400 calories.  You can cut the pieces in half for 200 calories for a wine and pizza night or
football appetizer.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Unlike the first time I made the cauliflower crust, I cooked it for about 20-25 minutes the first round.  The longer it bakes the sturdier and crispier the crust will be.
  2. I spread the pesto (about 4 tbsp) evenly along the crust leaving a 1/2 inch gap along
    the edges.
  3. I then added diced shrimp (fresh or frozen) and sun-dried tomatoes.  You can add as much or as little of these ingredients as needed.
  4. I used a 1/2 cup of cheese as with any pizza is traditional.  You can mix and match the cheese to your liking.  I would suggest keeping away from the Parmesan types of cheeses because those flavors are already incorporated into the crust.
  5. Cook the pizza for an additional 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden.
  6. Don’t freak out when you see the olive oil from the pesto dripping off the sides.  It will help crisp the crust and disperse flavor.

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Allow your guest to melt under the flavors bursting out of the pizza.  They’ll be surprised to hear the crust is cauliflower.  You’ll be the chef of the century and win recipe of the year awards for the pizza party delight.

There are a lot of links so be sure to check them all out above.  Leave a comment with how the pizza went over in your household.  Follow my Pinterest for more delicious recipes.  Check back next Wednesday for more tips and tricks from The Cooking Bug.

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