Slideshow: Top This: Cavolfiori (à la Stella 34)

Stella 34's Cavolfiori
Stella 34's Cavolfiori

The silky cauliflower puree keeps the pie moist, with added depth from roasted florets. The Meyer lemons deliver a sweet, citrusy floral note, with some crunch from the breadcrumbs.

Cook the Cauliflower
Cook the Cauliflower

To make the cauliflower purée, start by coring one head of cauliflower and chopping the head into large pieces (as pictured). Dice the stem, which can be used in the purée along with the florets.

Put the chopped cauliflower into a medium sized saucepan with 1 1/4 quarts of heavy cream (or just enough cream to cover the cauliflower). Put a lid on the pan and cook the cauliflower over medium heat until it is just tender.

Strain the cream from the cooked cauliflower and reserve.

Puree the Cauliflower
Puree the Cauliflower

Add the cauliflower to the blender along with a scant amount of the reserved cream. The puréed cauliflower should be as smooth as possible, but still thick.

Season the purée with salt and pepper. Cool the purée to room temperature before using it on your pizza.

Slice the Meyer Lemon
Slice the Meyer Lemon

Get yourself a Meyer lemon—that thin-skinned, super sweet, lemon-orange hybrid. Slice it into paper thin rounds.

Pizza Assemblage
Pizza Assemblage

Start assembling the pizza by spreading the cooled cauliflower purée over the surface of the dough. Be generous, and hit the entire surface with the silky, creamy topping.

Arrange the Florets
Arrange the Florets

Arrange the roasted cauliflower florets on top of the purée.

Into the Fire
Into the Fire

The pie gets pulled out of the 900º-1000º stone, wood-fired, gas-assist pizza oven when the crust is puffy and there's even blistering of the dough.

We suggest you cook your pie at the highest temperature your oven can reach. If you're using a pizza stone or steel, you'll want it to be in the oven during the pre-heat. Cook the pizza until the crust is crisp and bubbly and the lemons are soft and slightly charred.

Crumbs
Crumbs

Sprinkle a handful of breadcrumbs over the pizza after it comes out of the oven.

Chef Jarett Appell makes his own breadcrumbs by cutting the crust off of stale bread and giving the crustless bread a whirl in the food processor. He looks for medium sized crumbs.

Jarrett then tosses the breadcrumbs with olive oil, salt, and pepper and toasts them in the oven at 345º until crisp. Whereas store-bought breadcrumbs are fine, the homemade version give the pizza a fabulous texture and crunch.

Gratuitous Pizza Tattoo Art
Gratuitous Pizza Tattoo Art

Here is Chef Appell's awesome Neapolitan pizzaiolo skull tattoo, a reminder of his time spent learning the art of pizza making in Napoli.