Jesse and I have been together for nearly 4 years. In that time, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I eat more than he does. When you can admit this is when you know you’re comfortable with someone.
Some ladies are dainty eaters. I’m not judging them. If you can eat a piece of salmon and some zucchini and be done for the night, then more power to you. I wish I wasn’t a hangry beast. I’d probably save a ton of money. I know the expectation that the woman in the relationship eats about half as much as the man, but that certainly isn’t the case for us.
I think early on in our dating, I probably ate less (at least in front of him), so he wouldn’t think I was the Cookie Monster (I am). I distinctly remember having a conversation about this with my sister. I’m 100% positive that at one point she said, “yeah, he doesn’t eat very much. Like pio pio” (FYI, pio pio is the sound little chicks make in Spanish). This isn’t meant to criticize Jesse’s eating habit; him and his habits are perfectly fine. I admire his ability to say no to certain foods, yet be able to eat half a wheel of brie.
Now that the new-ness ship has sailed, I can eat three tacos and be a happy camper (while lusting over gelato after dinner); he can eat sunflower seeds with beer and call it a night. After all, it’s just food. How much I eat in relation to him doesn’t define our relationship. It’s just a funny quirk about us.
But some days, we’re equals on the eating front. Last night, we both ate half a pizza. Not a regular pizza. This cauliflower pizza.
It was delightful. I bring this all up, because I was thinking about serving size for this recipe.
How many does this serve? 2 hungry people who went to crossfit earlier that day? 4 not so hungry folks? 4 normal people if complemented with a side salad? 6 children? It’s not clear.
Make it and let me know how much you eat in one sitting. Like I said, I ate half the pizza in one sitting. It sounds obscene, but I promise you’ll want to eat at least half too.
BBQ Chicken Cauliflower Pizza
10-12oz cauliflower (about 1/2 a large head), grated
1/2 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 tbsp butter
1/4 onion, sliced
1 chicken breast
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp paprika
few pinches of salt
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
2-3 oz sharp cheddar, shredded (or more if you’d like)
There are three main components of this pizza.
1. Make the crust. 2. Cook the chicken and onions. 3. Assemble the pizza and bake.
I suggest doing it in that order but if you want to do 2 before 1, that’s cool too. Let’s be flexible.
To make the crust:
Pre-heat oven to 425F. Grate your cauliflower. I did this in the vitamix by cutting the cauliflower into pieces then pulsing it in batches until it looked somewhat like cauliflower rice. Once it’s all grated, combine cauliflower, eggs, pecorino romano cheese, salt and italian seasoning. Mix it all together. Then press the mixture into a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Try to get it as thin as you can so it will be crispy and not soggy.
Once you’ve got it as thin as you can, bake for 15 minutes, take out of oven until ready to assemble.
While the crust is baking cook your onions and chicken. First, add butter to a skillet, then add the onions. Let those cook until soft (about 10 minutes or longer, let them hang out, they’ll get tastier), put onions into a small bowl or plate. Cut the chicken into small pieces, then add chicken to the same pan where you cooked the onions. Season with salt, pepper, paprika and chili powder. Toss occasionally until cooked through, set aside.
Now that your crust is cooked, assemble the pizza. Spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce on pizza, top with onions and chicken, then put cheese on top. I like to put the cheese on top of the toppings to keep the chicken and onions from burning. Feel free to add a little extra pecorino on top if you’d like.
Bake 10-12 more minutes, until the crust is browned and crispy and the cheese is melty. Allow to cool a few minutes, then slice and serve.
Like I said, serving size? I’m not sure. This pizza probably feeds 2-4. If you’re like me and you eat a lot, you might want to double this and make two pizzas. I did.
If you want to make two pizzas just so you have leftovers, that’s also a great idea.
Who eats more, you or your partner? or what’s your favorite pizza topping?