The Best Guilt Free Cauliflower Pizza


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Cauliflower Pizza

I know – the internet and Pinterest are well saturated with “healthy” pizza alternatives and a lot of you have probably tried a cauliflower pizza at some point. If you are like me – you tried it and thought wow this tastes exactly what I imagined cauliflower pizza to taste like – not that great. I always had a lot of problems getting the right taste and texture for the “crust”. I recently came across a recipe that promised to deliver, and it did! This even passed the James test, which is particularly relevant because he hates cauliflower. Check out The Lucky Penny’s  recipe on her blog or I have included her recipe below with a few minor changes. This is totally delicious, satisfying and guilt free – what more could you want!

Crust Ingredients 

  •  head (Small Head) Cauliflower
  • ¼ cups Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Basil (I used fresh basil)
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • 1 whole Egg

Recipe

Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don’t have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450ºF. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil.

Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Don’t get one the size of your head unless you are planning on making 2 pizzas. Cut off the florets—you don’t need much stem, just stick with the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds or slightly longer, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower “snow”. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.

Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess. *important step*

Dumped squeezed cauliflower into a bowl. Now add Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt, dried basil (or fresh basil) (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), dried oregano (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), garlic powder, and a dash of red pepper if you like. Now add the egg and mix away. Use your hands – they work the best!

Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down throughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don’t make it too thick or thin either.

Using a cutting board, slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8-11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.

Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. I won’t tell you which toppings to put on – mushrooms, veggies, cheese, meat, all sounds good to me. We went with a pesto base instead of the normal tomato but do what makes you happy. I don’t need to tell you the measurements you know how you like your pizza—so go for it! Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.

Test your patience and allow it to cool for a minute or two. Probably closer to two. Then using a pizza cutter and a spatula, serve up your delicious grain-free cauliflower crust pizza!

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust | formed and ready for initial baking

{Here is my formed crust before I bake it for the first time}

Cauliflower Pizza Crust | into the oven it goes

{Putting the cauliflower crust into the oven}

Cauliflower Pizza | the finished product

Cauliflower Pizza | what sarah knows

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