My two favorite foods, lately, have been hamburgers and pizza. I can’t seem to get enough carbs which is NOT good for my “summer bod.”
I’ve seen the cauliflower crust trending on Pinterest and I was a little nervous after seeing all the Pinterest fails circling the internet, but thought it might be worth a shot!
I’m not going to lie, it took me 4 tries to get this recipe down to a crust I could be proud of! Here’s what I learned while making our crust, so you can avoid a Pinterest fail too.
The Trick to the perfect Cauliflower Pizza crust
The biggest mistake we made when first trying this crust was not completely straining the cooked cauliflower.
The easiest method is to use a cheesecloth. Getting as much liquid as you can out of the cauliflower will help in making the crust get crispy.
If you don’t have cheesecloth, a thin dish towel will work, as well.
We squeezed half of the cauliflower at a time, into a glass bowl or the sink to remove all the access liquid.
It will definitely mash your cauliflower and make it seem like a lot less than what you started with, but I promise straining it is the key to getting that crispy, dough-like crust.
After your cauliflower has been strained, you’ll mix in your other ingredients to create the perfect crust.
Our favorite shortcut is to use already riced cauliflower. This takes the hassle out of chopping and cooking the cauliflower.
I just steamed the bag and it was easy to mash while straining. I needed about 1 1/2 bags to get 2 full cups of mashed cauliflower, so keep that in mind if you decide to buy fresh.
If you’re not a parmesan cheese fan, you could easily substitute cheddar. We found this mix of ingredients to taste the best, but fresh basil would be good or a few red pepper flakes.
Play with it and make it your own! That’s the best part of pizza right?
Pizza toppings for cauliflower crust pizza:
We topped this pizza with pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, and peppers. Here are a few more toppings that would be delicious!
- Ham or Canadian Bacon
- BBQ chicken with cilantro
- Roasted tomatoes
Healthy Cauliflower Recipes
We’ve been on a cauliflower kick lately! Here are a few of our favorite cauliflower recipes:
Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Cauliflower Fried Rice
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
- 20 ounces frozen riced cauliflower 2 bags or 2 cups of fresh riced cauliflower
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2½ cups shredded Mozzarella cheese divided
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup pizza sauce
- 16 pepperonis optional topping
- 1 green bell pepper diced, optional topping
- 4 ounces sliced mushrooms 1 can, optional topping
- 2 Tablespoons sliced olives optional topping
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Steam cauliflower bags according to directions on package and allow them to cool.
- Using cheesecloth (or dish towel) squeeze moisture out of cauliflower. It's important to squeeze out as much as you can, don't worry about mashing the cauliflower.
- In a bowl, combine cauliflower, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, and eggs. Mix until well combined.
- On a parchment paper lined pan, separate dough into two halves.
- Flatten each half into an 8 inch pizza crust (this will make two 8" pizzas).
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until the top of the crust begins to golden.
- Remove from oven and top with pizza sauce and remaining Mozzarella cheese.
- Finish it off with your favorite pizza toppings.
- Return to the oven for 6-8 minutes or until cheese has melted and begins to bubble.
- cheesecloth or dish towel
- Mixing Bowl
- parchment paper
- Pizza Pan or Baking Sheet
- Pizza Cutter
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