We're still mostly avoiding grains for gut and allergy issues. Yet we're still eating pizza — thanks to this awesome cauliflower-based pizza crust.
The first time I made it, my family asked (as always) what was for dinner.
I answered, “Pizza.”
They said, “What? We thought we couldn't have pizza?”
I said, “I'm trying something new.”
They were like, “Uh…. something new? (pause for some serious thinking and then…) What's in the crust, Mom?”
I hemmed and hawed a little bit, but was finally honest. “Cauliflower.”
I know they were thinking it was not going to be very good. I mean how could it be? Doesn't that just sound weird?
Turns out that mild-flavored cauliflower dresses and flavors up very well into a pizza crust. Quite surprisingly, if I do say so myself. (I didn't have high hopes, either, the first time.) The flavor is actually awesome, and if you make the crusts ahead of time and let them firm up, you get a really good texture.
Now it's one of our favorite pizza crusts! And so let me share these mini grain-free cheese pizzas with you.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe (Grain-Free)
Mild-flavored cauliflower dresses and flavors up very well into a pizza crust. The flavor is actually awesome, and if you make the crusts ahead of time and let them firm up, you get a really good texture.
- 2 medium to large heads cauliflower or 2 lbs frozen cauliflower (florets or riced)
- 4 cups mozzarella or cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 organic or pastured eggs beaten
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- extra virgin olive oil
- toppings of choice shredded cheese, sliced bell peppers, sliced red onion, crumbled feta or goat cheese, fresh herbs, pepperoni, browned meat, etc.
Preparing The Cauliflower
Cut florets off cauliflower heads.
In food processor, whizz* the florets (as many as you can at a time) until the consistency of rice.
Put cauliflower in stainless steel pot without anything else (no water even).
Over medium heat, cook until steamed but not mushy.
Remove from heat and place in cheesecloth, nut milk bag, or a clean thin towel.
Let cool before handling, then squeeze out any excess water. This step is important for a not-soggy pizza crust! Don't skimp on the squeezing!
Making The Crust
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine drained cauliflower with shredded cheese, eggs, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and sea salt.
Split cauliflower "dough" in half, and using your fingers or a spatula, spread each half onto baking trays or pizza stones lined with parchment paper. Keep the edges a little thicker so they don't burn while baking.
Bake the crusts for about 20 minutes or until browned.
Using the parchment paper to help you, flip each crust so the underside can get golden brown and crispy, too. Remove the parchment paper at this point.
Bake for 10 to 15 additional minutes.
Remove from oven.
Brush each cauliflower pizza crust with olive oil.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese and other toppings of choice.
Turn on the oven broiler and move a rack to near the top.
Broil each cauliflower pizza in oven until cheese is bubbling and browned.
Serve and enjoy!
- *You can whizz the cauliflower before cooking, or whizz it after. Either way turns out fine. This means you can actually use leftover cauliflower to make a quick crust for a quiche, casserole, or pizza.
- Alternatively, you can divvy up cauliflower pizza dough into smaller sections and press into mini pizzas. Top with cheese for mini cheese pizzas, or with a variety of your favorite toppings! All baking instructions remain the same.
- If using frozen cauliflower florets, there's no need to cook the cauliflower, although you will still need to whizz it up in a food processor and squeeze out excess moisture. If using frozen riced cauliflower, thaw it in the fridge overnight. You can skip the cooking and whizzing, but you still need to squeeze as much moisture as possible out.
What's your favorite grain-free pizza recipe?
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