I came across this cauliflower crust pizza on Pinterest, and was instantly intrigued. A low-carb pizza? Sign me up! I was skeptical, of course, but curious enough to try it and see how it tasted. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Now obviously, it is not quite the same as a traditional piece of pizza with soft, chewy crust, but it’s a great substitute when you’re watching your carb intake. Since the cauliflower is mixed with cheese, you mostly taste the cheese instead of the cauliflower, as well as the yummy veggies and meats on top of your pizza.
My husband isn’t a huge fan of cauliflower, so I planned on making the pizza before he got home from work. I figured I would just tell him I was trying a new pizza crust recipe. Well, what do you know, he got home early and caught me mixing up the crust. When he asked what was in the crust, I simply told him “cheese.” Well…the man is obsessed with cheese, so he was immediately smitten with the idea. It wasn’t until after he gobbled down 3/4ths of the pizza that I told him it was made of cauliflower. Even then, he didn’t seem to mind.
So the general conclusion…Healthy, tasty and husband-approved? Winner, winner,
chicken pizza dinner!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Yields: 1 serving*
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese*
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Olive oil (optional)
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Other additional toppings of your choice
*Many people have commented and said that the amount of cheese can be reduced by half, and still taste just as good!
To rice your cauliflower, take 1 large head of cauliflower, remove the stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks. Add to a food processor and pulse just until it looks like rice. Alternatively, you can grate the cauliflower with a cheese grater.
Place the riced cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, add 1/4 cup water, and microwave for 6-8 minutes, stirring half-way through.
To make the pizza, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a pizza pan or cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the cauliflower, mozzarella cheese and egg together and stir until well incorporated. Add the oregano, garlic, and garlic salt. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and shape into a 9-inch circle. Brush the crust with olive oil to help it brown in the oven.
Baked at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes, until the crust is browned and cooked through the middle.
Remove the crust from the oven, add your sauce and toppings. Place under a broiler at high heat until the cheese is melted and bubbly. (About 3-4 minutes).
Allow the pizza to cool slightly, then cut into slices and serve.
*The original recipe makes 1-9 inch pizza. You can of course, double the recipe, but I recommend sticking to individual sized pizzas. A lot of people have said that the middle doesn’t cook well when you make a large pizza.
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