I don’t know about you, but we love a good pizza night around here. But our typical go-to always leaves me feeling blah for the next day or so. I wanted to switch it up and make and had heard great things about the cauliflower-crust pizza trend, and we love cauliflower mash. So I decided to go for it, and I’m so glad we did!!!
I love that this is a perfect way to get some extra veggies in and to cut the carbs on a normally carb-heavy dish. My husband was skeptical at first, but both he and my 1-year-old loved it!
A few tips…
- Open a window. (It’s pretty smelly.)
- Squeeze as much water out of your riced cauliflower as possible.
- Go lighter on the toppings for a crisper crust.
- Watch the thickness. (Too thick and it won’t crisp. Too thin and it breaks easily.)
- 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower - about 2 to 3 cups once processed
- ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1-2 cups mozzarella cheese
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
- Rinse cauliflower, remove the stems, and cut into chunks. Place the cauliflower into a food processor and pulse it until it resembles the texture of rice. (I use a Ninja.)
- Microwave the processed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl for 4-5 minutes on high. Remove from the microwave and allow it to cool for at least 4-5 minutes.
- After the cauliflower is slightly cooled, dump it into a kitchen towel and squeeze all the liquid out. Remove as much liquid as possible.
- Combine the cooked cauliflower, egg, garlic, cheese, and seasonings. Stir until a dough texture forms. Spread the cauliflower mixture out onto lightly greased parchment paper or a pizza pan in the shape of a pizza crust.
- Bake the crust for approximately 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven), or until the crust is golden and crispy. I cooked mine for approximately 15 minutes. After the crust is golden remove it from the oven and add your toppings.
- Place the pizza back in the oven and turn on the broiler. Bake for about 2-5 minutes until the cheese melts. Keep an eye on it because the broiler can burn the cheese quickly.
- Slice and serve warm.
So what do you think? Will you give this cauliflower recipe a try?