When cauliflower pizza crust first started making its way around Pinterest and magazines I blew off the idea because I thought they were nuts. How could you take a plain ordinary vegetable as a substitution for that wonderful yummy crust that we all love and crave? But I keep hearing and seeing reviews on how it is such a big hit when making homemade pizzas that I became intrigued with it and could no longer ignore it.
Obviously this isn’t going to taste like bread but if you want to eat healthier and lighter, can’t have wheat or you want to cut back on your carbs this is the pizza for you. It definitely has a different texture and flavor but I was actually very shocked at how much I really did like it.
First you want to start off with pulverizing the cauliflower and I used my blender to chop it up. If you don’t have a blender you can always use a standard cheese grater and it works just as well. Cook out your cauliflower in a glass dish for about 4 minutes and then press out the liquid. It is really important that you squeeze out as much as you possibly can. So I put the cauliflower in a fine mesh strainer and pressed the heck out of it with a spatula and smashed it with a few layers of paper towels. Once you have drained the cauliflower, add an egg, cheese and seasonings. Once you have your mixture you’ll want to press it into a flat pizza shape. Then you will bake them in the oven until golden brown. After that remove from oven and top it any way you like. I used mini pepperoni pieces and mozzarella cheese but one of my favorite pizza toppings that I make on a regular basis is sliced Roma tomatoes, with mozzarella and fresh basil.
- 2 1/2 Cups Cauliflower, grated or ground
- ½ tsp. Dried Basil
- ½ tsp. Dried Oregano
- ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
- ¼ Cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
- Salt, to taste
- 1 Egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Place cauliflower in a heat-save bowl and cover with plastic wrap with a few holes to vent. Microwave for 4 minutes and remove plastic and stir to cool it off a little.
- Place cauliflower in fine mesh strainer and use a rubber spatula to press cauliflower against strainer and pushing out any liquid.
- Use several paper towels to absorb more liquid.
- Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with fork.
- Add basil, oregano, garlic, Parmesan and Mozzarella, mix well.
- Add salt to taste.
- Add egg and stir to blend.
- Press mixture out onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
- Press out to about ¼-inch.
- Keep mixture tight together and in an even layer.
- Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown which is approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with desired toppings and return to oven to melt cheese.
- Let rest for a couple minutes and then slice and serve.
This recipe was really easy to do and I loved the flavor of Cauliflower. It really did turn out as a great pizza and had such a wonderful flavor. It was also great knowing that I was eating something very healthy. Enjoy….I did!
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