I miss my hubby... and I'm super excited for him to get back from Afghanistan! For some reason, while thinking about new recipes, I recalled a conversation with my MIL where she told me my hubby used to live on pizza buns. Like, it was the only thing that kid would take for lunch. That thought inspired me to create a tasty, primal, pizza bun concoction. It was a huge success! I apologize in advance for the lack of photos during the "making of" stage as it was a last minute recipe I came up with.
This recipe is actually a play on the cauliflower pizza crust, which I already admitted I wasn't a huge fan of. The recipe I tried had too much cheese and had an odd squishy/squeaky texture that I was not a huge fan of. For this recipe I paired the shredded cooked cauliflower with cheese, and coconut flour to give a more bread-like texture. It was a hit in my book! Hopefully you'll like it too!
So let's get started!
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
For the bread:
1 head of cauliflower, grated/chopped super fine
1/4 cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped pepperoni
1 cup shredded cheese, not packed (I used a blend of parm, romano, and marble)
Take the raw head of cauliflower and grate it on a box grater or chop finely in a food processor. Place the grated cauliflower on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool until cool enough to handle.
Once cool dump the cooked cauliflower into a clean tea towel and wring out all the excess moisture from the cauliflower. This is super important for texture! You'll be left with a mushy mess if you leave all the moisture in the cooked cauliflower. Once you've wrung out all the moisture, place the cauliflower in a bowl with the rest of the "bread" ingredients. Stir until combined.
Line a half baking sheet with parchment paper and then press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.
Place the baking sheet into the oven for 15 minutes and remove when the top is golden brown.
Spread on pizza or marinara sauce (approximately 1/2 cup) and sprinkle with another 1/2-3/4 cup of cheese. Return to the over for another ten minutes, or until it is golden brown and bubbling. It should look like this.
Pick up this monstrosity by the parchment paper and place onto a cutting board. Cut into whatever shape floats your boat! I cut mine into finger-like breadsticks and served with some warm marinara sauce. Enjoy!!