Pizza is my lifeblood. Okay, so, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I really, really, really love pizza. I would eat it every day if I could. This means I also like to experiment with different types of pizzas, particularly those that have thin crusts so I can shave off some calories and eat more. (Om nom nom.)
I’ve tried various versions of “low-carb” pizza — thin crust, swapping traditional crust for flatbreads — with success. So when I stumbled across a pin on Pinterest advocating for a thin crust pizza made entirely of cauliflower, I was game. If the crust is made of vegetables, it’s that much closer to being totally fine to eat this daily, right?
The original recipe can be found here; my modified version can be found below. (Also, sorry in advance for the not-so-great photos. I should probably break out my good camera for stuff like this.)
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
- ½ large head cauliflower
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or try another kind!)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder (or ½ teaspoon of dried/fresh minced garlic)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp onion powder
- (Salt and onion powder can be substituted with ½ teaspoon of onion salt, if desired)
- 1/2 cup your favorite pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
- Pizza toppings of your choice (I chose mushroom and pepperoni)
1. Start by washing the cauliflower thoroughly. If you have a large head of cauliflower, chop it in half. You’ll only need one-half to complete this recipe.
2. Break your cauliflower into two cups worth of small crumbles. I used my grater (for the first time, yay!), which worked nicely. You can also opt to use a food processor. However, be mindful of the fact that you want your cauliflower to be in small crumbles, not in a puree form, so be sure to watch the mixture closely.
3. Microwave the shredded (dry) cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl for 8 minutes. This helps to eliminate the moisture from the vegetable. I recommend using these 8 minutes to clean up your station. Using a grater can be messy, as I learned the hard way.
4. After 8 minutes, take your cauliflower out of the microwave, give it a good mix, and let it cool for approximately 2-5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F and spray a cookie sheet or pizza stone with some type of nonstick spray.
5. Once the cauliflower has cooled, add the garlic powder, salt, onion powder, egg, oregano, and shredded mozzarella. Mix.
6. Pat the mixture onto the pre-greased pan. Make sure it isn’t spread too thin, otherwise it’ll be impossible to get the mixture up off the pan once it’s done. Spray mixture lightly with non-stick spray.
7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Once the crust is to your liking, remove it from the oven and turn the heat up to broil. Meanwhile, spread the sauce on top of the baked crust. Sprinkle the cheese on top, as well as your other ingredients. (In my case, mushrooms and pepperoni!)
9. Put the pizza back into the oven and broil for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Cut and serve.
Surprisingly? A success! I honestly had my doubts when it came to this pin and I thought this would be my first Pinterest failure. I was thrilled when I ended up with a delicious, satisfying pizza with a crunchy crust — made of cauliflower. I’d absolutely make this again.
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