During my Sunday morning ritual at Trader Joe’s where I rapidly scan through the isles, on a mission to hustle through there before the church crowds arrive and things get out of hand, the frozen pizza section caught my eye.
I used to LOVE their truffle mushroom flatbread pizza (I’d add some sundried tomatoes << this is my all time favorite brand, the taste is amazing and dip in marinara sauce) but alas, I probably haven’t indulged in that in about a year! Oh well, totally worth the weight loss!
Anyway, Trader Joe’s has their own frozen and ready made cauliflower pizza crust!
Now, I don’t eat corn or corn flour anymore either, but the idea of getting in extra veggies into a pizza crust intrigues me. Let’s be real here, those of you who’ve ever attempted to make their own cauliflower crust know, it’s friggin’ hard and does not come out great. Like at all.
Getting a good consistency, adding tons of cheese to the dough, plus wringing out the hot water from a cloth?! Ugh, no thank you, not worth the effort doing it on your own in my personal opinion. So go T-Joe’s for making this one easier on us, even if it does have corn flour in it!
In taking out the crust, it was rather unimpressive. Looked like a cardboard disk, lifeless and unimaginative. I was skeptical. And I’ll be honest, I totally failed with the very simple instructions. Well, actually, I did follow the instructions: after 12 minutes of cooking though, the crust, before flipping to the other side, had just not cooked enough for it to be firm enough to flip over.
….And in flipping it over, it all fell apart! WOMP WOMP! 🙁
There are not enough sad emojis here to describe. I at first thought of chucking out the whole thing, but this was my planned dinner for the evening, and I wanted to try this crust! So, like the frugal, stubborn girl I am, I put the pieces of the cauliflower close together, baked the other side, and added my toppings.
I added lemon juice, almond cheese, and fresh rosemary, and had marinara sauce on the side to my cauliflower pizza mess. It might not look pretty, but it wasn’t bad. Despite the flimsy crust that I recommend cooking longer than the instructions say before flipping, the structure and flavor was actually pretty good.
I ate it with a fork and knife, but had it not fallen apart early on, you could pick it up like a legit pizza — which again for those of you who’ve attempted your own cauliflower crust probably know that’s a tough feat.
I definitely taste the cauliflower in the crust, but that’s to be expected when having a cauliflower crust versus some other alternative flours. But truly overall, I thought the taste was great – almost reminded me of a potato pancake!
Even though I stay away from corn, this is still a great, easy alternative to pizza. Hopefully next time I don’t screw up the flip!