Simple Low-Carb Broccoli Crust Pizza: Perfect for Passover

brocolli pizza crust-in ovenCauliflower rice has become the rage as an ingredient in faux fried rice and as a low-carb pizza crust alternative.  As an experiment, I tried similar adaptations of broccoli and have found it to work beautifully.

My family is always looking for something delicious and nutritious to eat on Erev Pesach (the eve and day before Passover begins).  Since we cannot eat bread and it is customary not to eat Matzo until the seder, it is a challenge to find satisfying foods that will keep everyone full until the seder begins later in the evening  evening.

I have created this delicious low-carb broccoli pizza recipe, suitable for Pesach.  It is a simple pizza to prepare and pretty much fool-proof, as long as you keep the crust as dry as possible.  It is important to squeeze out any liquid before baking and to layer the cheese on before any sauce to keep the crust as dry as possible.  Feel free to experiment with different toppings.

It is simple.  It is delicious.  It will create a wow for your family this Erev Pesach.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound of broccoli, grated to couscous consistency ( about 3-4 cups)
1 egg
1/2 cup grated or shredded cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

1 cups shredded muenster, mozzarella or cheddar cheese
1/2 cup marinara sauce (optional)

Toppings
peppers, in small strips
onions, diced small
scallions, sliced
chives, sliced
basil, rolled and sliced

 

 

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Pulse the broccoli in food processor until grated to the consistency of couscous.

brocolli pizza crust-in food processor

Pour the broccoli couscous onto a clean lint-free towel and squeeze out any excess liquid.

brocolli pizza crust-drained in towel

In a large bowl, combine dry broccoli couscous, egg, cheese, and seasonings.

Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and brush or spray generously with oil. Using a rubber spatula, spread the broccoli mixture onto the parchment.

brocolli pizza crust-unbaked

Bake until the broccoli crust is golden and darker at the edges, about 20 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven, sprinkle with the shredded cheese and then spread a thin layer of sauce. Add your favorite toppings.

brovolli crust pizza toppings

brocolli pizza crust-in oven

 

Reduce oven heat to 400 degrees F and bake for about 10 minutes more.

brocolli pizza crust-whole pie taken out of oven

Allow to cool for several minutes before slicing with a pizza wheel.

brocolli pizza crust-cut in triangle

 

brocolli pizza crust-serving suggestions

 

VARIATIONS

Replace broccoli with cauliflower for another flavor alternative.

 

KOSHER NOTES

Kosher laws disallow the eating of  any whole insects and therefore broccoli and cauliflower require a process of soaking, rinsing and in some cases, pureeing.   Kashrut authorities differ on the proper checking of  broccoli and cauliflower and some disallow the use of these altogether.  This blog was not designed to be your  kosher authority, so please consult your local rabbinic authority regarding using and preparing broccoli and cauliflower.

Enjoy!

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