Dear Dominos (a letter)
You were my favorite fast food pizza while I was in college. Before I removed gluten from my life. Your dough was so doughy and your cheese was so stringy, and your pizza always came with cheesy breadsticks which were, essentially, pizza in a square form without the sauce. Sometimes I miss you, but I’ve moved on.
There are some trends in the blog world that I don’t understand. I love oatmeal, but I could not eat it every morning for breakfast, and probably not out of a jar. I tried to make healthy black bean brownies, which ended up such a disaster that I couldn’t even open my fridge until Z had thrown them out. They were shiny and kind of wet. So gross. But today, dear Dominos, I have found a trend that is not only great, but surpasses you in goodness and in health.
I had read on a number of occasions recipes for cauliflower pizza crust. Gluten free, mozzarella cheese, and made with a vegetable — I kept saying “No!” because, like anything too good to be true, it probably was. Just like those brownies. But today I craved pizza, and Z was studying for his finals so could not make his amazing crust, and though there is a Dominos a block away I could not bring myself to go. So I made the recipe.
I wanted to write you this letter to let you know that, as this catches on, less and less people will be coming to your restaurant. And I thought you should know why. Not only did the crust hold together in slices, but the mozzarella along the edge crisped and browned so nicely I felt like I was in cheese heaven. This crust is light and slightly doughy, amazing without an ounce of flour. I also recommend that you add buffalo sauce to some of your tomato bases, just because it is addicting.
Vegetable Pizza with Cauliflower Pizza Crust
For the Crust:
1 cup cooked cauliflower, grated or processed in a food processor
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
Salt, pepper, oregano
For the Sauce:
1/2 small can of tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
For the Toppings:
1 cup broccoli, chopped
4 oz mushrooms, chopped
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 450*
Toss the chopped broccoli with a little olive oil and put in an oven proof dish. Put in the oven to roast.
Mix together the pizza crust ingredients in a small bowl until well incorporated. Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray and press the mixture onto it into a crust shape. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until brown around the edges and set in the middle.
While the crust is baking, cook the sauce ingredients together in a small saucepan until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper.
When the crust is done, remove from the oven along with the broccoli. Turn the oven on to broil.
Spread the sauce over the crust, almost to the edges. Top with 3/4 of the cheese and all of the tomatoes, broccoli, and mushrooms. Top the veggies with the last bit of the cheese and put under the broiler until the cheese has melted.
I can pretty much guarantee you won’t want to go to Domino’s again. Next I want to make some cauliflower breadsticks for some dipping fun!