Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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The only saving grace of this dreadful diet is my one cheat day a week. The day I get to throw caution to the wind, and indulge in any carb, meat, cheese, or sugar morsel my little heart desires. Sundays are typically my cheat day of choice since Kev and I do brunch after church, and I spend the remainder of the day in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. And while I’ve been pretty good about creating healthier recipes for the blog and our day-to-day life, I’m also working on another project that has me cooking with white flour, white flour and more white flour. Great timing, huh?

I should just give the stuff away, but I just end up eating it on my cheat days, and yesterday was a serious doozy. I started off the day with a batch of biscuits and gravy from one of our favorite brunch spots, followed it up with leftover penne carbonara (from said project), and capped the night off with a trip to Sonic where I indulged in a greasy cheeseburger with perfectly crisp bacon, cheddar bites (my fav!) and a powerade slush. Not my finest moment, but boy was it glorious.
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Today, it’s back to the grind…
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Admittedly, my breakfast and lunches these days are rather boring (think hard-boiled eggs, avocado toast, apples and peanut butter, veggie soup, etc.), but when it comes to dinner, I try to come up with menus that are both healthy, low-carb and seriously delicious. And while I only occasionally cook with zero carbs at all (Kev needs his bread in some form, even if it’s whole-wheat), I’ve reluctantly wanted to try the whole cauliflower pizza crust phenomena since the very first day I gave up pizza.

I say I’ve been reluctantly wanting to try this method because, I’ll be honest, when I first heard whispers of cauliflower pizza crust recipes floating around, I immediately ridiculed the people who actually thought it could replace pizza. I made a solemn vow then and there to myself to never ever get on board with it. If I’m gonna eat pizza, I’m gonna eat pizza, no guilt. I’d make up for the lost calories in other ways. But now that I’ve been without pizza for almost two whole weeks (and four more to go) I’ve been thinking about it non-stop.

So why not?
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After a little perusing through the Internet I found this recipe from Jessica via Tasty Kitchen via The Lucky Penny and this recipe from  The Detoxinista and went with it.

And you know what??

I was pleasantly surprised. Very pleasantly surprised.

Both Kevin and I really enjoyed it,  which is saying A LOT, as Kev usually sticks his nose up at the “substitutions” I try to sneak by him — definitely something I’ll make again and again.
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The steps are pretty simple, pulse cauliflower, cook cauliflower, mix with egg, seasoning and cheese, form into pizza shape and bake! The only changes I made was a slight adjustment in the seasoning, and I cooked my crust for about 25 minutes – I found it to be too soggy and not crisp after only ten or so minutes.Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Crust Pizza 3
I decided to go with a Mexican style pizza, because along with pizza cravings I’ve also been desperately missing Mexican, but that’s a whole other story in and of itself, and I won’t bore you with that one.

It’s basically my classic enchiladas on a pizza. I used my favorite enchilada sauce as the base, topped it with lots of cheddar and mozzarella cheese (all reduced fat), some chopped chicken, sliced onion, green onion, and of course a handful of cilantro. I popped it back in the oven until the cheese was melted and bubbly, and voila – dinner done.
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Here’s the synopsis:

Does it taste like pizza dough? No

Is it tasty? Yes

Is it crispy? Yes

Will it ever replace pizza for me? Heck no.

Did we (both Kev and I) love it? Yep

Will I make it again? Absolutely

Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Chicken Enchilada Cauliflower Crust Pizza
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • ¼ cup softened goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Pinch of coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup 2% milk cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup part skim mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced onion
  • ½ cup cilantro
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a pizza stone in oven.
  2. Cut florets off cauliflower head. Place in food processor. Pulse until cauliflower look like little rice pellets. Transfer to a microwave-safe dish. Cook for six minutes until softened. When cauliflower has slightly cooled, place in a thin dish towel and ring out as much water as possible. Transfer back to bowl and mix with egg, parmesan, ¼ cup goat cheese, garlic, oregano, coriander and salt.
  3. Place a piece of parchment on a pizza wheel or cutting board, and spray with olive oil spray.
  4. Pour cauliflower mixture on parchment. Form into pizza and push down to make a solid crust, it should be about ¼ to ⅓ inch thick.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is crispy and brown.
  6. Remove from of and spread with enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with cheese and then top with chicken and sliced onion.
  7. Bake until cheese is melted, about 8 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and sprinkle with sliced green onion and cilantro.

Recipe Source: Crust is slightly adapted from here, here and here. 

Comments

  1. Sunday sounds like the best cheat day ever. I’ll be over every Sunday from here on out. I’ve seen this cauliflower crusted pizza around the interweb lately, and I have to say, I’m intrigued. I love cauliflower, and I love pizza, so why not. Love!

  2. I really do NOT appreciate your bragging over cheddar bites – you know I’m suffering here girrrrl!!! lol in all seriousness this pizza looks totally unreal!!! loving the cauli crust + all the yummy toppings on top. I’m pinning :)

  3. I’ve been so curious about the cauliflower crust pizzas but have yet to try any (I was kind of eh about the idea since I would never ever give up regular pizza! haha). But you may have convinced me to just try it … and I mean with chicken enchilada toppings it’s got to be good!!

    • I was DEFINITELY not sold on it at first, but it’s really good! You should definitely give it a shot! Granted, it’s not going make you lose your interest for normal pizza, although wouldn’t it be nice if it did?!

  4. I LIVE for cheat meals. :) You’re doing better than me at the moment– I think I have more than 1 per week. :-p Oops! Need to step it up though which is why I’m going to balance it all out by starting my fasted cardio sessions again tomorrow morning. It sucks getting up so early to exercise on an empty stomach but it does wonders for leaning out! If only this was waiting for me when I was finished to re-fuel! This looks so scrumptious!!

    • Does it really? I had no idea you lost weight faster by exercising on an empty stomach! I need to try that, I’m in the process of trying to lose weight, but have been kind of stuck lately. Usually once I start watching what I eat and exercise the pounds just fly off, but this time around it’s taking a lot longer. Hmph..

  5. I have seen a couple of recipes now for cauliflower pizza and it seems that everyone enjoys it for what it is, I will have to try this, looks amazing!

    • I really did enjoy it! It’s exactly how you put it though, you have to love it for what it is, and not have it in your head that it will taste like bread dough, because you will be disappointed if you do! Thanks Cheri!

  6. Yes yes yes! I’ve been wanting to make cauliflower pizza for the longest time… I did make one with spaghetti squash that I love, but cauliflower is totally next. And a chicken enchilada on this is just beyond amazing!

    2 questions…
    When does the goat cheese come into play? Is it in the crust or just a topping on the pizza? I might have missed it in the directions… sorry if that’s the case.
    Beautiful photography as always… I’m curious, did you use natural light or artificial light for these shots?

    • I really like it Chris!!

      Thanks for pointing out the cheese thing! I wrote this recipe at like 2am last night and my brain was not functioning properly. The goat cheese goes in with the egg, parmesan and herbs when you mix it with the cauliflower.

      I actually did use artificial light here! I’ve been crazy busy on the weekends when I usually shoot in natural light, so I’ve been forced to use the artificial stuff during the week when I get home from work. Not my first choice, but it works! Do you ever use artificial light?

      • Haha I totally feel your 2am pain… happens to me all the time hahaha. Seriously can’t wait to try this recipe Nicole… it looks amazing!

        Yup, me too. I actually just posted a recipe today where I had to use artificial light…totally not happy with how they came out (just couldn’t get the color right), but when it’s pitch black outside, you gotta do what you gotta do hahaha. Definitely not my first choice… I find it’s a lot harder to control my images using it (I have 2 lowel ego lamps), but that’s probably just because I rarely if ever practice/use them. Ah the joys of food blogging, right?! Your photos came out really nice… I like how light and airy they look, which I think actually makes the food look healthier.

  7. Gimme this. Now.
    All of it.
    The end.
    Oh ya, pinned!

  8. The only reason I ever made cauliflower crust was because I was cooking for a gf friend. I thought it would be just ok, but it was AWESOME. so good. also at the risk of overusing my caps (i know, i know) HOW HAVE I NEVER PUT ENCHILADA SAUCE ON A PIZZA???? life. changed.

  9. This pizza is pure genius Nicole! Love the low carb. Stunning photos!

  10. I’ve always wanted to try making a cauliflower crust, but for some reason never have. Your Chicken Enchilada twist and these amazing photos with all of that ooey gooey cheese have totally convinced me to give it a try. I cannot wait any longer. Must make!!

  11. Cauliflower crusted pizza is the best, I have only had it a couple times and I have never made it myself but I think I will be making this delicious looking pizza this week! Your photos are amazing, Nicole :)

  12. I love the sound of a cauliflower crust…I’ve never tried it, but I’m intrigued! I absolutely love cauliflower, so it can’t be bad. :) This really looks amazing!

  13. My daughter has made cauliflower pizza crust several times and she made BBQ Chicken style pizzas (minus the chicken!). I’m going to have to tell her to make a Chicken Enchilada Pizza. This looks absolutely AMAZING!

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