Being on a strict gluten-free diet, the one thing I missed was pizza. I just stumbled upon recipes for pizza crust made from cauliflower. After playing with the recipe and making my own changes, I’m shocked, shocked I tell you that this actually is an acceptable substituent for the real deal!
The directions are for the crust only. We all know what we want on top of our pizza, so did not list them.
Preheat the oven to 450. Prep time 15 minutes. Cooking time 18-22 minutes.
- Cut up a medium sized head of cauliflower and put in food processor. Pulse till it has the texture of shaved ice.
- Microwave the cauliflower in a covered casserole dish for 8 minutes. No need add water. Once it has cooled, then put in cheese cloth, or dish towel, and squeeze all the water out. This is the most important step. Squeeze and squeeze some more. You don’t want a soggy crust. Combine this with the following ingredients.
- 1/2 teaspoon each: basil, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes salt and pepper
- 1 Tbs. coconut flour (optional… read the link. informative as to the benefits)
- 4 ounces of Parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella
- 1 egg
- Use your hands and mix well. It should form a ball without falling apart.
- Spread the mixture evenly on to a pan lined with parchment paper. Form a ridge for the crust to hold the sauce. (The first time I made this, I used a piece of parchment paper on a half-sheet pan. Next time, I will put the parchment directly on a pizza stone for a crispier crust.)
Remove from oven, add toppings. I used red sauce, fresh mozzarella and sauteed mushrooms. Return to oven for 5-8 minutes, or until cheese has melted, then let the pizza rest for a few minutes before serving.
At first, I was disappointed because the pizza looked too small and served a salad on the side. This pizza served three and no one was looking for a snack after dinner. Yummy… now when I want pizza, I don’t have to cheat and I don’t have to leave the house to buy one!
My husband fancies himself a pizza connoisseur. He went back for seconds which is a ringing endorsement.
note- cauliflower does have a sulfur smell when cooked, you can put a teaspoon of lemon juice in with it while it cooks to reduce the smell, however, when it is made into a pizza crust, there is no hint that says you are eating cauliflower.