Pizza is undoubtedly one of the most popular foods in the world. However, traditional pizza crusts made with wheat flour can be a problematic option for those who have gluten intolerance or simply want to reduce their carbohydrate intake.
This is where cauliflower pizza crust comes in, providing a delicious and healthy alternative for pizza lovers. In this article, we will explore the benefits of cauliflower pizza crust, how to make it, and some tasty recipes to try at home.
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST INGREDIENTS
The following ingredients are used to make tasty and healthy cauliflower pizza crust
- Medium Head of Cauliflower
- Grated Mozzarella Cheese
- Grated Parmesan Cheese
- Dried Oregano
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
TYPES OF CAULIFLOWER TO USE
There are several types of cauliflower that can be used to make cauliflower pizza crust, including:
White cauliflower: This is the most common type of cauliflower and is readily available at most grocery stores. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a dense texture that makes it ideal for use in pizza crusts.
Purple cauliflower: This type of cauliflower is less common but can be found at some specialty stores. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is a bit less dense than white cauliflower. It also adds a beautiful pop of color to your pizza crust.
Romanesco cauliflower: This variety has a unique spiral shape and a slightly earthy flavor. It can be harder to find than other types of cauliflower, but it makes a delicious and visually striking pizza crust.
Broccoflower: This is a hybrid between broccoli and cauliflower and has a milder flavor than either of its parents. It has a similar texture to traditional cauliflower and can be used in the same way to make a pizza crust.
No matter which type of cauliflower you choose, be sure to thoroughly rice or blend it to create a fine, rice-like texture that will hold together well in your pizza crust.
HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER PIZZA
Following are the steps which are to be followed in order to make nice and juicy pizza for a special party.
- Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and discard the stem. Pulse the florets in a food processor until they're finely ground and have a rice-like texture.
- Transfer the cauliflower rice to a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower rice, egg, Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until everything is well combined.
- Spread the cauliflower mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and shape it into a circle or rectangle to form your pizza crust. Make sure to keep the crust about ¼ inch (0.6 cm) thick.
- Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until it is golden brown and crispy around the edges.
- Remove the crust from the oven and add your desired toppings (such as tomato sauce, cheese, and vegetables).
- Bake the pizza for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove the pizza from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before slicing it and serving.
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA TOPPINGS
There are many delicious toppings that go well on cauliflower pizza. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Tomato sauce: a classic pizza topping that goes well with just about anything.
Cheese: try using shredded mozzarella, parmesan, or a blend of your favorite cheeses.
Vegetables: add some extra nutrition and flavor by adding toppings like sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, or spinach.
Meat: if you're a meat lover, try adding some cooked and crumbled sausage, pepperoni, or bacon to your pizza.
Herbs: add some extra flavor and color by sprinkling some fresh herbs like basil, oregano, or parsley on top of your pizza.
Spices: add some extra zing to your pizza by sprinkling on some red pepper flakes, garlic powder, or Italian seasoning.
HOW TO FREEZE CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
You need to follow the instructions below in order to freeze cauliflower pizza crust:
- Let the cauliflower pizza crust cool completely.
- Wrap the pizza crust tightly with plastic wrap.
- Place the pizza crust in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.
- Label the container or bag with the date and contents.
- Store the pizza crust in the freezer for up to 3 months.
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST (LOW CARB KETO PIZZA)
- 1.5 pounds cauliflower, florets
- ½ cup shredded cheese, or ⅓ cup soft cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper, to taste
PESTO CHICKEN PIZZA
- ⅓ cup pesto sauce
- ½ cup shredded chicken
- ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 cups (packed) baby spinach
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup marinara sauce
- 4 oz mozzarella ball, sliced
- fresh basil leaves
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the cauliflower florets from the stem or use frozen and thawed cauliflower florets. Grate them using a food processor or box grater.
- Add the cauliflower rice to a microwave safe bowl, cover, and microwave for 4-5 minutes to soften. Alternatively, you could saute the cauliflower rice in a pan on medium heat on the stove for 8-10 minutes. Then let it cool to the touch.
- Transfer the cauliflower rice into a nut milk bag or thin kitchen towel. Drain the cauliflower by squeezing it until all the excess moisture is out. Squeeze as hard as you can!
- Place the drained cauliflower rice in a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese, egg and seasonings. Use your hands to mix everything together to form the pizza dough.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, press the dough dough down into an even circle. The diameter should be around 9 inches. If you have a pizza stone, that's even better and will produce a crispier crust.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until slightly golden, then remove from oven. You could also bake for 20 minutes and flip the crust over, then bake an additional 5-10 minutes for an even crispier crust.
- Add the toppings and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
- The nutrition facts are for the Margherita pizza flavor.