RECIPES: 10.15.19

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

1 large head cauliflower, cut into large chunks

2 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 egg

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/3 c. pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 425. Line a muffin tin with parchment paper squares. Grate cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl using a fine grater. Chop up any remianing pieces that are too small to grate, but too big for the crust. Microwave cauliflower until soft and tender, 4-6 minutes. Pour into clean dish towel; cool until easy to handle, 15-20 minutes. Wrap towel around the cauliflower and squeeze out as much liquid as possible; the drier the cauliflower is, the better it will hold together as a crust once mixed with the other ingredients. Combine cauliflower, 1 c. mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder in a large bowl. Scoop cauliflower crust mixture into prepared muffin tin, dividing the mixture evenly among the cups. Pat down  cauliflower, with the back of a spoon, making it compact. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Spoon a small amount of pizza sauce onto each cauliflower crust. Top with remaining 1 1/2 c. mozzarella, dividing evenly among the crusts. Bake until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes. Let sit in pan for 5 minutes before moving each bite to a cooling rack. Let cool for 10 minutes. Peel parchment paper squares off the crusts and serve on a platter. Makes 12.