Even if I wasn't trying to reduce my carb/wheat intake, this pizza would make it into my weekly meal rotation. I mean, look at it. It's amazing. It looks BETTER than the average pizza--and it IS!
My roommate posted the recipe to my wall and we knew we had to try it, since I've been attempting a low carb and gluten-free diet, AND a good friend of ours is very gluten-free for health reasons--however, my dear, well-intentioned roommate posted a BAD FACEBOOK recipe. Do you all know what these BAD FACEBOOK recipes are? Here's a hint: it's a picture, and in the description is the ENTIRE RECIPE, and typically a line that says "SHARE this to SAVE it to your wall!" Everyone's seen these, they are unavoidable.
We know why they're bad, right? In case you were unaware, I will explain. 9 out of 10 times, these recipes give NO CREDIT to the original blogger. They are shared THOUSANDS of times, but the blogger sees none of the benefits of their recipe becoming popular--no visits to their blog. No new followers to interact with. No advertising revenue. Nada. Zip. Zilch. And the Facebook pages that share these STOLEN recipes? They go on to get tens of thousands of followers, all of the credit, and then they SELL those pages for lots of cash. OR, they supposedly get a book deal (though I think this is urban myth?) from all the stolen recipes! It's dirty, it's not fair, and above all else, it's annoying.
Plus, I've seen these sites turn on the blogger and send their thousands of fans on attack mode by outright lying, saying the blogger has been harassing them. Or that they're just money-hungry jerks (since when is earning a living mean you're money hungry?) Some bloggers, who were simply trying to get credit for their work, have even received death threats. It gets nasty. Thankfully, I haven't found any of my recipes/pictures being lifted, probably because my photography isn't the best, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time.
So, I refused to try the recipe until I could find the original blogger. It wasn't hard to do, I just took that picture and reverse-image-searched it. Ta-daaa! The original recipe was from Plain Chicken.
Some things to keep in mind with this method: it's not foolproof. There are even entire BLOGS that steal recipes and pictures. So I make sure to browse the blog a bit and note that the pictures share the same quality. Now, I know my own pictures tend to vary, because sometimes I don't have the time to get the styling and light and all just right, but for the most part there isn't a huge disparity in my photography quality on any given day. If a blog has a handful of crappy pictures, then a handful of perfectly stylized pictures, but most have an entirely different aesthetic altogether, it's a red flag. If all else fails, just leave it alone. There will be other recipes. You don't want to be a part of this crime of ethics.
It's like high school, guys. Cite your sources. If you use a recipe, blog about a recipe (I try to give credit whenever I use a recipe for inspiration, even if I change it completely), or share a recipe. Make sure you know where it's coming from!
Your friendly neighborhood bloggers will thank you :)
Anyways, try this pizza. Do it. Even if you're not trying to cut your carbs or avoid the gluten. It's full of flavor and absolutely delicious and satisfying. It's won over even the weary "it's gluten-free?"-ers.
(Adapted from Plain Chicken)
- 1 (8 oz) package of full fat cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 head fresh or one bag frozen (defrosted) cauliflower
- 1/4 cup almond flour (plus a bit more, for greasing the pan)
- 2 tbs coconut flour (optional)
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- herbs of choice (I used some fresh basil and oregano)
Toppings (Change these up however you'd like! These are what I used)
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup marinara sauce (I use homemade)
- 1 overflowing cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
- 1 handful spinach, sliced into strips
- 1 hot Italian sausage, cooked through and sliced into rounds
Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle with a bit flour of your choice (I used almond). In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until the texture is fine grits. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and pulse until smooth. Pour into baking dish--it will be runny. Bake for 15 minutes*, our until edges begin to brown and the crust is a spongey consistency. Allow crust to cool for 10 minutes.
Apply toppings and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
*To be sure the crust was cooked through, I turned the oven on 400 for an additional 7 minutes or so. The pizza still had to be eaten with a fork, but I've seen versions where you could pick it up like a traditional pizza. This is still a work in progress but the result is so TASTY that I couldn't wait any longer to share it with you all!