Cauliflower Pizza Crust
How can I adequately describe my love for pizza? The thought of melted cheese on top of a crispy yet soft and chewy crust topped with pretty much anything can just about make any bad day go away. That and wine. It is an amazing creation of culinary eats.
Since my journey of clean, healthy, gut happy eating, my Saturday night pizza indulgences have come to a halt although the occasional gluten free pizza has come across my path.
I decided to try out the cauliflower pizza crust because this means I could have pizza! And it fit right in with my eat well to live well adventure! And the results? This pizza was AMAZING! You couldn’t even taste any hint of cauliflower in the crust and it held up very well in your hand. This cauliflower pizza was equally as indulgent as the standard pizza but with no accompanying food coma or heaviness afterwards! I can’t wait to make this again! Hope you enjoy this as much as we did. Enjoy!
This recipe can be made into one large pizza or several mini pizzas. Either way, it'll all be gone in the end.
- 1 head of cauliflower (I got about 5 cups of raw cauliflower rice from mine. Try to get at least 4 cups)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup garlic and herb goat cheese (plain works as well)
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp sea salt
*Feel free to add more herbs*
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (for a faster cooking pizza, increase temp to 425 degrees)
2. Make cauliflower rice
*Place cauliflower into food processor in small batches and pulse until you get something resembling a rice-like texture*
3. Put cauliflower rice into a pot of boiling water (at least an inch of water at the bottom) and cover for 5 minutes
4. Once done, pour into cheesecloth strainer
5. At this point, the cauliflower is extremely hot to strain out all the water! So, run it under cold water and gently squeeze out the water until you feel that there is not scalding hot water anymore.
6. When the cauliflower is at a good temperature to work with, squeeze out all the water!
*This will ensure a nice crispy crust that will stay together when cooking*
7. Pour out strained cauliflower into a mixing bowl and add egg, goat cheese, oregano and salt.
8. Mix together either with a spoon or your hands!
9. Line a baking sheet (or pizza stone, if you have one) with parchment paper
*Parchment paper does not equal wax paper*
10. Mold cauliflower dough into a circle (or square if you prefer it!) until it is about 1/3 inch thick
*You can make a little edge for a higher crust if you’d like*
11. Place into the oven for about 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. (If you are baking at 425 degrees, cook for about 20-25 minutes)
*Just keep an eye on it for that golden crispy look!*
12. Now the fun part! The toppings!
*Here were our toppings of choice:*
Sun dried tomatoes
Applegates uncured pepperoni
Raw milk cheese
Organic marinara sauce
*You are your own pizza creator so any toppings will do!*
13. Once you have your toppings in place, put the pizza back into the oven for about 5-10 minutes.
14. Now the best part! Time to eat!