Cauliflower Crust Pizza - a repost

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Because I have a lot of new readers who may not be aware of the wonder that is Cauliflower Crust Pizza, I thought I’d repost it today so nobody has to miss out on the deliciousness. I originally got this recipe from The Lighter Side of Low Carb (Cleochatra does amazing things with cauliflower) and continue to enjoy it on a fairly regular basis. What’s not to like about a flourless pizza that tastes just as good as any other pizza I’ve ever had? I hope you will give it a try!

I do believe I have died and gone to low-carb heaven.


As promised, I made the pizza with the cauliflower crust that I mentioned in an earlier post. It was truly delicious. And surprisingly filling! Of course, it could very well have been all that cheese that made it so heavenly, but, whatever – it was wonderful. Had I known how easy it was to make, I’d have tried it a long time ago.

For the adventurous among you, here’s the recipe:

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese
½ tsp fennel
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, combine cauliflower, egg and mozzarella. Press evenly on the pan. Sprinkle evenly with spices. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes (15-20 if you double the recipe).

Remove the pan from the oven. To the crust, add sauce, then toppings and cheese. (If you are adding meat, make sure it is cooked first.) Place under the broiler at high heat just until the cheese is melted.


And that’s it. I steamed a whole head of fresh cauliflower in a small amount of water in the microwave for 6 minutes. I should have just used frozen, but this worked out fine.

You can then use a hand grater or a food processor to rice it. I used a food processor and it was super fast. You can get one cup out of roughly half of a medium-sized head of cauliflower. I also used an Italian spice blend, rather than the three spices suggested.

I decided to go “bare bones” the first time and only topped with pizza sauce and more mozzarella. It was perfect. I cut it into four pieces and I’m not going to lie to you – I ate all four. Even though I was technically full after two. Here’s a low-carb “oink, oink” for ya.

The only advice I would give you is to check the bottom of the crust before you remove it from the oven the first time (prior to putting on the toppings). It was starting to really brown around the edges and I was afraid I was burning it, so I took it out at 12 minutes. As it turns out, I should have gone at least 15 because the bottom wasn’t browned and crispy like I think it’s supposed to be. (MJB note: I’ve learned in subsequent bakings, that it NEVER gets browned on the bottom; I don’t know where I got the idea that it was supposed to.)

I riced the remainder of the cauliflower and vacuum-sealed it so it will be ready next time. Which will probably be tomorrow.

P.S. The above picture is not mine, although mine actually came out looking almost exactly like that - I browned the cheese a lot more.

ETA: I should have mentioned that the ingredients list above is just for the crust. To finish the pizza, you will need pizza sauce and more mozzarella. Plus whatever other toppings you might want to add. If you eat meat, try diced pepperoni - delish!

27 comments:

Miz said...

WOW
Im so trying this.
Ill spare you the tmi but, while I do not have celiacs, yeast and gluten can make me itchy.

thanks for the recipe---Ive never heard of using cauliflower for the crust!

Theresa said...

Look DElicious! I will try this too! Have a great day!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

yum, I want to try this! I'll have to be sneaky though, the husband would freak at the thought ;-) thanks for posting!!!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Ha! My husband refuses to even try it - he's missing out. My kids love it, though.

Gin said...

This looks awesome. I'll let you know how it turns out when I try it!

moonduster said...

Yum! That looks delicious!

Sheryl said...

Are you just grading up up mushing up the cooked califlower when you rice it?

Never heard of it before but very open to trying it.

Tammy Howard said...

My daughter and I are gonna love this, I can tell already. (My husband and my other daughter will probably eat cereal that night...)

Patty said...

My DH has been begging for pizza. He is so getting one this weekend!!

Thanks!

Shelley said...

Yum, yum, yum! I am making this soon!!! ::drool::

kristisummer said...

My husband and I love pizza. We need to give this a hot. This is very creative. I love cauliflower.

Tammy said...

Sounds yummy! Hi from the SITStahood.

Katie said...

I have never even heard of this. I really want to try it...like now! I'm going to go to the store tonight! Thanks for sharing it!

Terri said...

YUM! Thanks for the recipe! I love trying new and different things. I've never heard of a cauliflower pizza crust.

Robbie S.Redmon, LPC said...

Hi, just stopping over from SITS. That looks gooood!

Camevil said...

I just got hubby to eat baked cauliflower...willingly. And he liked it. Now we're ready.

HELLOOOOO cauli-pizza!

Kristin said...

I'm gonna give this a whirl. I heart anything remotely like pizza! Hi from SITS!

Bernadette said...

Mrs. JB, this looks amazing! I can't wait to try it! T. and I both LOVE pizza, but I always end up with the "Dough Bloat" the morning after!

WhisperingWriter said...

That actually doesn't sound bad. At first I was all, "EW. Cauliflower crust my arse!" But after reading this I may try it someday.

When we get a food processor, that is. We currently don't have one. Maybe I'll put one on my Christmas list.

Debbie said...

I've never even heard of such a thing! What a great idea:)

Kathie @ my net finds said...

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Ree said...

Oh mah holy hell. Yummy looking.

I'll try it. No, really. I will. Someday. When I have a kitchen.

MaryRC said...

well now thats a new one, cauliflower. hmm put this on the list of things to try.. think it will fool my anti cauliflower family? i love the stuff

Lo said...

Never been a great fan of cauliflower but eat it for the nutritional benefits. I am totally trying this! I'm having a giveaway on my blog. Come by and visit!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I'm with Debbie. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly learn anything more about the food world, you come up with this, Mrs. Jelly Belly.

Thanks for republishing.

-Francesca

Bonnie said...

Ooooh, I can't wait to try this!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

What a lovely recipe! I am definitely going to try it when I get in the vicinity of cauliflower. Here in Dominica it is not readily available and when it is available it is exorbitant in price. Maybe next time I travel to St. Thomas or the States.