Celebrating with a winning low-carb pizza, and remembering that art and food is always subjective.
Playlist: The 60th Grammy Awards Winners —
Most of my friends don’t understand why I watch the Grammys every year, since I listen to mostly “underground” music, and so, most of my friends decline the yearly invitation to join me on the couch. This particular Sunday, most friends also missed out on my personal pizza recipe that regularly has people asking, “Wait, that was cauliflower?!”
I feel like I’ve had similar reactions when watching Grammy performances by artists I don’t necessarily like. Every year is a learning experience. For example, The Rolling Stones won this year’s Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue and Lonesome.
My personal pick was LCD Soundsystem, who won Best Dance Recording for the single “Tonite“ (probably because it sounds like a Daft Punk tune). Their full album has been on repeat in my house, my house since American Dream was released. Then again, so has Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, which is just a monster of a hit and took home six awards this year — nearly tied with Kendrick Lamar, who gave an explosive opening performance with cameos from Dave Chappell and U2.
The Grammys are so much more than pop queens like Adele and Beyonce sweeping the stage, and are so much longer than the 3-hour broadcast on primetime television. The day-long event includes more obscure categories that we can’t be mad at, like Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical winner Greg Kurstin for his year’s work with Foo Fighters, Beck, ZAYN featuring Sia, Kendrick Lamar Featuring Zacari, Halsey Featuring Lauren Jauregui, and Liam Gallagher. Respect.
This isn’t even the tip of the iceberg, but we will never get to my recipe if I don’t shut up. For more, visit grammy.com for the Complete Winners List, and duh, listen to the playlist I posted at the beginning of this blog.
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4-Cheese Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Ingredients (yields about one baker’s half sheet pizza crust)
- 3 cups riced cauliflower
- 3 cups equal parts shredded parmesan, fontina, mild provolone, and asiago (or Quattro Formaggio if you can find it)
- 6 eggs
- 3 tsp psyllium husk
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl using your hands.
- Spread mixture thinly onto parchment. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges start to turn golden brown.
- Remove from oven; Increase oven temp to 425.
- Top your pizza with sauce, cheese, etc of your choice; Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until it looks irresistible and you can’t wait anymore.
Please use fresh cauliflower, not frozen — the frozen never tastes right. Stores like Trader Joe’s have riced cauliflower in the fresh produce section, and one bag is more than enough for this recipe. Trader Joe’s also carries Quattro Formaggio.
There are only about 3g carbs per square of my pizza, yet my own brain still gets tricked into thinking I’ve indulged. (Do your own calculations with your own toppings.)
Yes, you will be able to hold this in your hand like regular pizza, but cauliflower crust will never be crispy like traditional bread. It helps to watch out for toppings with a lot of moisture, and to go easy on the sauce. I usually top with pepperoni, Sicilian sausage, onion, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and black olives.
This crust yields much more satiety than regular pizza. I have not seen a single guest be able to eat more than 3 or 4 squares, not even the “garbage disposals” of the group.
Finally, no matter what happened to Kesha, I don’t have to like her music… and you don’t have to like my pizza.