I LOVE PIZZA. Like, I’m in love with pizza. I also know that my love affair with pizza needs to have some serious boundaries because of the amount of it I can eat (and the carbs that go with that amount). A while ago, I figured I would give the cauliflower crust a chance, to spread out the time between ordering a pie from my favorite place. I’ve tried a few frozen cauliflower crusts, but at the end of the day, I love cooking, so I wanted to try it myself. After a few fails, I finally found a recipe that meets my standards!
Olena of ifoodreal.com has won me over with her amazing crust recipe!
1 head of cauliflower
1 large egg
Dried oregano, basil, and garlic powder to taste
⅛ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ cup grated parmesan or mozzarella
Cooking spray (I use coconut oil cooking spray)
Pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper or silicone mat.
Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms. Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 mins.
Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes. Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball (cauliflower inside the cheesecloth) as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.
Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower; mix very well with spatula until combined.
Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper or silicone mat (just make sure to scrape off any bits of cauliflower) and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower pizza dough in the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.
Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with spatula and bake for a few more minutes.
Top cauliflower pizza base with your toppings and bake again until the cheese starts to melt.
Slice and enjoy.
For Olena’s comments and a video of her making it, please visit:
Alix Terpos PT, DPT