A couple of weeks ago I shared a pic of this cauliflower crust pizza I made. By popular demand, here’s the recipe up on the blog.
I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant to try this out. I wasn’t totally confident it was going to turn out but I was pleasantly surprised! It holds together well and gives you a nice thin base to top however you please. I would avoid piling the toppings too high on this one as it isn’t quite as durable as a regular grain based crust.
The key to a successful crust is making sure to ring out the cauliflower as much as possible after steaming it.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes! I’d love to see what combinations you come up with! Use the #inthekitchenwithLJ to show me!
Now I don’t think cauliflower is a replacement for real pizza, BUT, this crust is surprisingly delicious, crispy and equally as good in my opinion! Try it out for your next pizza night!
- 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 medium sized head of cauliflower (approx. 2 to 3 cups once processed), washed and cut into bite sized pieces, florets only, stem cut off
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 –1/4 tsp chili flakes *optional if you like spice
- 2 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese + 1/3 cup to be used later on
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce of tomato sauce
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 75 g prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil * for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and brush lightly with avocado oil or other high heat cooking oil so that the crust doesn’t stick.
- Place the cauliflower pieces in a food processor (if you have a small one you will need to do multiple batches). Pulse the food processor until the cauliflower is in small grain-like granules.
- Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave, covered for 3-4 minutes.
- Dump cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, ring out as much water as possible. This step is key to make sure you don’t end up with a soggy, crumbly crust.
- Add cauliflower to a medium-sized mixing bowl along with the salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, chili flakes, parmesan, mozzarella and egg. Use a fork or your hands to mix to combine well.
- Once combined, press the crust into a ball and then press onto your prepared baking sheet into your preferred pizza shape.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust becoms a nice golden brown and bubbles a bit.
- Remove from the oven and add the pizza sauce, tomato, prosciutto, basil and last 1/3 cup mozzarella.
- Return to the oven to bake another 5 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes to allow crust to set a bit.
- Top with arugula and finish by drizzling with olive oil and a pinch of coarse salt if desired.
- Category: Main Dishes
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: cauliflower, pizza, family dinner
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