A repost of the Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe by request – originally published August 9, 2008.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust? Says who? Yes, it’s delicious. And yes, it’s really Cauliflower – no bread. And what is even crazier is that you can’t even tell it’s Cauliflower. When we first made this pizza crust, I had to get it together before the 5 kids got home from school. I was on a diet and was trying to lower my carb intake, and knew I had to cut out pizza crust. I also knew that at least one of them would be totally fine with the idea of Cauliflower in her pizza crust, but I wasn’t convinced about the rest. And I’m 100% positive that my oldest daughter wouldn’t have touched it. But she loves pizza and I was focused on making sure she had no idea what I had made it with until AFTER she ate it. And so I made this Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe.
Recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 1 c. cooked, riced cauliflower
- 2 egg whites
- 1 c. mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- ¼ – ½ c. pizza sauce
- parmesan cheese, if desired
- pizza toppings
- Don’t know how to rice cauliflower? Let me teach you the quick easy way.
- I purchased a large head of cauliflower, brought it home – washed it thoroughly, and then patted it dry. I then chopped it into small bite size pieces and tossed them into my food processor and processed it until it was the size of rice. Like this:
- After you’ve riced it, place it in a microwave safe dish and put it in there for about 7-8 minutes or so.
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F
- Grab a pizza pan and spray it with a non-stick spray. By the way, don’t be stingy with the spray. If you don’t use enough, that pizza will be difficult to get off the pan. Trust me on that. You can also use parchment paper if you have it. It works pretty well. I still spray the parchment paper lightly.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cauliflower, egg whites, mozzarella, oregano and garlic.
- Press evenly in the pan. Push it down into all the corners making sure its stuck to itself pretty well. It will not be a pretty circle, but it won’t matter when you taste it, I promise.
- Sprinkle with some parmesan cheese if you want some more flavor.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. I strongly recommend checking it at about the 12 minute mark and then allow it too cook for remaining time if needed. This crust is not like a typical BREAD crust… it sometimes won’t stay together as well and will require a fork and a spoon, but I also know that once you taste it, you just won’t care. At all.
- Remove the pan from the oven. Add your sauce, toppings and cheese.
- Place under a broiler for about 30-60 seconds, just until the cheese is melted. Watch it carefully or it will burn.
I suck because I did not take a photo of the finished pizza with the Cauliflower Pizza Crust when we made this because I was trying to keep it a secret from the kids, especially Miss Picky and my youngest, the nine year old. They’d have thought I was nuts photographing a pizza, and I wasn’t wanting them to know it was Cauliflower yet.
Anyway, it looks amazing, it tastes amazing and guess what – my pickiest eater who in a million years would not pop a piece of cauliflower into her mouth – Ever, I swear she wouldn’t. AND she LOVES it. Yes. My kids now request this all the time. All 5 of them. That’s how good it is. If I can convince at least 3 super picky eaters to eat this, and now they know what it is, you’ll be very happy you made the switch. It’s a little extra work, but it’s SO good you won’t care.
Update: I now have 5 teenagers. They still request this more often than most other recipes on my blog. It’s just that good!
Let me know if you’ve tried the Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe and what you thought of it.