If you love pizza and are looking for something grain-free and a little healthier, then you have probably heard of and considered cauliflower crust pizza.
Personally I find that there are three rules of cauliflower crust pizza:
- Use parchment paper, not tinfoil and not a well-oiled baking dish (trust me on this!)
- Make sure the cauliflower isn’t wet AT ALL. Drain it on a paper towel if you have to.
- Make the crust as thin as possible.
I have made cauliflower crust pizza about a dozen different times and every good recipe has pretty common ingredients but I find that the proportions of each one is so important. For example, parmesan cheese gets hard and crusty when it cooks, but for some reason lots of recipes use a ton of mozzarella and no parmesan. It makes it taste more like pizza, but doesn’t hold together because mozzarella just goops when it melts.
So far, this has been my best recipe for making cauliflower crust.
- 2 cups riced cauliflower
To rice the cauliflower, cut the off everything but the stem and throw it in a food processor or blender for a few seconds. Some people like to “grate” it with a cheese grater, but that takes a ridiculous amount of time and energy.
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup shredded (not grated!) parmesan cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
2. Rice your cauliflower. This is what it looks like when you waste your time with this process instead of just using a blender / food processor. I’ve learned my lesson since then.
3. Microwave for 10 minutes.
4. Lay out some paper towels and then spread out the cauliflower so that there’s little to no excess moisture left (this is super important, other wise it will be soggy!)
5. Pour the cauliflower back in a bowl and stick in the refrigerator until it’s cooled down.
6. Add 1/2 cup of mozzarella and the whole cup of shredded parmesan and egg and mix it together (don’t forget #5 or the hot cauliflower will make scrambled eggs!)
7. Finally, add in the italian seasoning, garlic powder and garlic salt.
8. At this point you can decide to pour it all out into a baking sheet and use your palms to make it as flat as possible, or you can make small little rounds for individual pizzas. Personally, I’d go for the smaller pizzas for a more dense crust.
9. Now stick it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. It may take less time if you make little pizzas, just take it out when it starts to get golden brown.
10. Add your sauce of choice and your preferred serving of mozzarella cheese. You might even throw some carb-free pepperonis on top!
10. Throw it back in the oven on broil for about 3 minutes, until it looks done.
Voila! Tasty cauliflower crust pizza.