Monday, January 5, 2015

The BEST Cauliflower Crust Pizza!


Ingredients
  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush it even more between your fingers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crust it even more between you fingers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • optional a few shakes of crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • optional 1 tablespoon almond meal
Instructions
  • Desired amount of sauce, cheese for topping, and other toppings.
  • Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a cutting board, place a large piece of parchment paper and spray it with nonstick cooking oil. 
  • Wash and throughly dry a small head of cauliflower. Don't get one the size of your head unless you are planning on making 2 pizzas. Cut off the florets, you don't need much stem. Just stick with the florets. Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get powdery snow like cauliflower. See above photo. You should end up with 2 to 3 cups cauliflower "snow". Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and allow to cool for a bit before attempting the next step.
  • Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and wring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible. This will ensure you get a chewy pizza like crust instead of a crumbly mess. 
  • Dumped cauliflower into a bowl. Now add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (crush up the leaves even more between your fingers before adding), 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt), and a dash of red pepper if you want. I also added 1 tablespoon almond meal because my cauliflower yielded closer to 2 cups of cauli snow, this is optional and I would not add the almond meal if you have closer to 3 cups of cauli snow. Now add your egg and mix away. Hands tend to work best. 
  • Once mixed together, use your hands to form the dough into a crust on your oiled parchment paper. Pat it down throughly, you want it nice and tightly formed together. Don't make it too thick or thin either.
  • Using a cutting board slide the parchment paper onto your hot pizza stone or baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 8 - 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.
  • Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. I'm not gonna give you measurements for this. You should know how you like your pizza - so go for it! Slide parchment with topped pizza back in the hot oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.
  • Test your patience and allow it to cool for a minute or two. Probably closer to two. Then using a pizza cutter and a spatula serve up your delicious grain-free cauliflower crust pizza!

51 comments:

  1. Okay, so we tried it and....it was awesome! It wasn't a failure! Anyone can make it. Yes!

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    1. I read the recipe and immediately said "ok maybe I can't make this it looks hard" then I seen your comment and instantly felt hopeful !!!! I'm going to try!

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  2. It was sooo good. I didn't use any sauce. I used thinly sliced Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil. Topped with mozzarella cheese, red and green peppers, scallions, and mushrooms. It turned out great!

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  3. It was sooo good. I didn't use any sauce. I used thinly sliced Roma tomatoes, and fresh basil. Topped with mozzarella cheese, red and green peppers, scallions, and mushrooms. It turned out great!

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  4. This was amazing, not sure how to get the crust crispy but omg.... wow..... It was so good i almost died. I want to eat the whole pizza in one sitting. Means its time to workout lol

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    1. Do all parm in the crust instead of the parm/mozz combo and definitely use a baking stone over a pan.

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  5. tried this and it was so yummy thanks for sharing!!!!

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  6. Try the same pizza instead of cauliflower but zuccini. It is very good as well. It seems to be more simple. Otherwise all are the same.

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  7. Is there a way I can freeze this at any stage so there's not so much work involved every time I want pizza? I'm missing the convenience of frozen pizza!

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    1. Walmart now has pre-riced cauliflower in bags!! :)

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    2. Trader Joe's has organic riced cauliflower in their freezer section. $1.99/12 oz bag.

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    3. Trader Joe's has organic riced cauliflower in their freezer section. $1.99/12 oz bag.

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    5. Costco is also selling riced cauliflower, two bags for the price.I think somewhere between $3 and $4.00.











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    6. Is it in the freezer section or the fresh produce section?

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    7. Sam's Club is also selling riced cauliflower in the freezer section. Wal-Mart has it in the freezer section with the frozen bagged veggies.

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    8. FYI, the 12 oz pkg of frozen riced cauliflower makes roughly a 10" square crust.

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  8. This was very good! I will definitely make this again. Thanks!

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  9. Hi Melissa! Thanks for the tip. What brand should I look for at Walmart?

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  10. I just tried this it was amazing. I added some pesto sauce and motz cheese with some diced tomatoes. I tried to make a cauliflower crust before and failed miserably. This was sooo simple! I couldn't believe it! Thank you for the recipe!

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  11. I have tried a few cauliflower pizza recipes and none of them have worked this well! The crust stayed together nicely, and got very crispy with the pizza stone and parchment!
    i would go a little lighter on the salt if you are adding toppings like prosciutto, and feta. Great recipe!!!

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  12. do you absolutely have to use parmesan?

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    1. No i use cheddar in crust works fine

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    2. Cheddar works amazingly well here.

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  13. I don't normally leave comments/feedback etc... But I've never made cauliflower anything, and this was AMAZING!!! I've been eliminating breads/wheat carbs etc and this gave me my pizza fix! Oh how I missed it! Not anymore! Thank you! Fallow the directions as stated and you won't have any problems! (h)

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  14. My first attempt was a little soggy but delicious!! Next time I will really squeeze it to get more water out.

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  15. My first attempt was a little soggy but delicious!! Next time I will really squeeze it to get more water out.

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    1. It's the most important part of the recipe.. cheesecloth makes it easy to wring out.

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  16. What if you don't have a microwave?

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    1. Steam it by putting cheese cloth in your steamer basket so the riced cauliflower doesn't fall through. Or do it double boiler style.

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    2. I brought my water to a boil,tossed in the cauliflower, put on a lid, and turned off the burner. After 5 mins, I dumped the riced cauliflower into a strainer and proceeded as the recipe directs. I found it easier to rice the cauliflower rather than process after cooking.

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  17. A tidbit of info...I don't have the hand strength to squeeze. You can dry out the cauliflower on your stove top over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Toss cauliflower occasionally until you smell it and see most of the moisture gone don't brown it! Carry on with recipe...yum!

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  18. Why did I wait so long to make this recipe. This cauliflower pizza crust was amazing. It turned out just like the photos. And the best part.... the whole family gave the recipe two thumbs up. Bye bye wheat based pizza crusts.

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  19. Epic fail stuck to paper but we ate it anyway. Delicious!!!!!

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    1. Mine did that on wax paper lol... parchment paper is a must I learned.

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  20. I've made this twice and each time it's been amazing. Even my husband loves it and he hates swaps. It's sooooo delicious!

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    1. Oh! I also use a Silpat mat instead of parchment.

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  21. Honestly, this is the best recipe for this crust type on the net. I've tried them all. Made two pizzas tonight and they were incredible! PLEASE wring out all the water you can.. cheesecloth makes it easier.. I could have sold those pizzas in a restaurant tonight.. way better than gluten free crusts... thanks so much for changing my life with cauliflower pizza crust recipes!! (helpful hint.. add a touch of cheddar to your toppings and not just mozzarella.. color is better and so is taste)

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  22. Total Success! Loved it! You have to follow the recipe exactly and you won't have any problems!
    Extremely delicious. It does take over an hour to make so you have to have the time but so worth it! Have fun!

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  23. I doubled the recipe and made the 2 crusts tonight. I used Daiya Mozzarella (dairy free). The crusts stuck to the wax paper-I think it was the Daiya Cheese. In the future I will try to spray the wax paper. When I took the crusts out of the oven after 11 minutes and scraped off the wax paper, the center was still gooey. Probably also due to the creamy nature of the Daiya. I put the crusts back into the oven for about 10 more minutes (I like my crust well done so that it doesn't get soggy when I put the sauce on it). PERFECTION!

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    1. Try Parchment paper next time, it won't let it stick at all.

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  24. What temperature do you bake it at???

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    1. "Place a pizza stone in the oven, or baking sheet if you don't have a pizza stone. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. - See more at: http://www.eatagreatdeal.com/2015/01/the-best-cauliflower-crust-pizza.html?showComment=1490406803588#c5162071979702079066"

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  25. it was ok, was hoping for a crispier crust. could still taste a good cauliflower taste.

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  26. I just made this tonight for dinner, we LOVED it, thank you for sharing such a great recipe!! Will definitely make this again, soon!!

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  27. I made this and I didn't add cheese to the crust and I didn't ring all the water out. So the crust came out crumbly. BUT... it tasted amazing. I just made a pizza bowel out of the crust and mixed all the toppings in it. I told him I made the crust and he said it was good! He was like " how did you make this bread it's delicious " lol he still doesn't know it's a vegetable.

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  28. How big of a crust is this supposed to make? Followed the recipe with 3 cups yielded of cauliflower fluff and after I squeezed it there was only a small portion scraped off the cloth. Made like a 6 inch crust. Not sure what I did wrong.

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