California Pizza Kitchen's flavor combination of BBQ sauce, cheese, cilantro & onion is a real winner. Years ago, I started making my own version of the BBQ pizza using leftover Easy Crockpot Chicken, and oh man was it delicious. I started to realize that it wasn't the actual chicken in the pizza I was craving, but the whole melty, cheesy, BBQ sauce flavor.
So, if you are craving BBQ pizza but are trying to cut back on the meat, try this! It turned out great and really did the trick for me. The recipe below lists the amount of each ingredient I used, but you can modify the amount depending on your personal taste. If you LOVE the BBQ sauce, use a lot! If you like more onion, add more! You get the idea.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
1 ball whole wheat pizza dough
favorite BBQ sauce, about 1/2 a bottle
1 head fresh or 1 bag frozen cauliflower
shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, about 1/2 cup of each
red onion, about 1/4 cup finely chopped
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Chop the fresh cauliflower, or if you are using frozen defrost it in the microwave. Place it on a nonstick foil-lined baking sheet, toss with some olive oil, then roast for about 30 minutes until done.
While cauliflower is cooking, prep the rest of the ingredients. Roll out the pizza dough and stretch it out to fill your baking sheet or pizza stone; then chop your onions & cilantro. Once the cauliflower is done, toss with a few spoonfuls of BBQ sauce to coat it. Spread BBQ sauce on your pizza crust, then top with BBQ cauliflower, cheeses, and onion.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until pizza crust is done and cheese is starting to brown. Remove from oven, sprinkle with fresh cilantro, then slice & serve hot.