Midweek Mealtime - Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Pizza

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

This was the BEST.  EXPERIMENT.  EVER.

Remember my post about Cauliflower Pizza?  I had mentioned trying to find a way to make a buffalo chicken pizza on that crust because buffalo chicken pizza is my absolute weakness.  Well, guess what?  I did it!!  There's just one thing:  eat this the same day you make it.  It does NOT reheat well.  The "ranch" dressing soaks right into the cauliflower and just does not have the same flavor the next day.  However, if you DO eat it the same day you make it, it's absolutely phenomenal.

The first step is to make the ranch dressing "mix" courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.  Save the rest of the mix for future dressings or dips.  The mix really is versatile!  So, without further preamble, here's the best thing to happen to cauliflower ever:

Buffalo Chicken Pizza on a Cauliflower Crust

Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients together and save in an airtight container for future use.

Cauliflower Crust:
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tsp oregano
  1. Start marinating your chicken in hot sauce now.
  2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Rice the cauliflower.  You can either do this with a hand grater or a food processor with the grating blade.  Half of a large head of cauliflower should yield about 3 cups.  Feel free to rice the remaining half as well for a future pizza.
  4. Microwave the cauliflower, uncovered, for 8 minutes.  Drain any excess water, if present.  If you riced the entire head, freeze the remaining cauliflower for future use.
  5. Combine the cooked cauliflower, the beaten eggs, cheese, and spices until well-mixed.  You should now have a wet dough.
  6. Using your hands, mold the dough into your favorite type of crust:  thin, thick, round, square - they all work!  Mold a little "lip" around the edge if desired.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is golden around the edges.
  •  Frank's Red Hot hot sauce
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled and diced
  • 6 slices reduced fat provolone cheese
  1. In a ziplock bag, add chicken and enough hot sauce to cover.  Set aside while preparing the crust.
  2. Combine the yogurt and dressing mix.  Spread over cauliflower crust evenly.
  3. Add chicken and hot sauce to pizza.  I added extra hot sauce as well (I like it SPICY!).
  4. Cover chicken with cheese, and return to oven until golden brown, approximately 5-10 minutes.
The process seems intensive and in-depth, but trust me, it's easy!  And it's sooooo worth the extra time.

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