Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I know that Cauliflower Crust Pizza doesn’t exactly sound like it might be good, but stick with me on this. We make pizza almost every Saturday night and until last summer we always made it with a traditional pizza crust {which we still do about half the time}.  One day all those months ago I was looking through recipes for pizza alternatives and I found {this recipe} and modified it a bit and the result was absolutely delicious ~ and gluten-free ~ and very nutritious.  All of your favorite toppings will work well on this crust. We have tried all of our favorite combos ~ veggie, plain cheese, canadian bacon/olive/pineapple/red onion, and have loved them all.  We have served it to a few people outside our immediate family and they have loved it, too.  It tastes like pizza, it looks like pizza, but it’s not a pick up and eat pizza.  And even though a person can tell it isn’t a “normal” crust, they probably won’t know what it is unless you tell them.  Plus there’s an added bonus for me.  I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t like leftover pizza because I don’t like how the crust gets soft. But since this pizza doesn’t have a bread crust there isn’t that softened-crust-reheating-issue.  So the leftover result is just as yummy as freshly baked. Give this pizza a try and let me know what you think.

Recipe notes ~ Using a pizza stone works best for cooking and browning the bottom of the crust.  If you don’t have a pizza stone just place the pizza pan on the rack in the oven. 

  • Thirty minutes prior to cooking the pizza, place the pizza stone in a cold oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 2 large eggs {or 3 medium}
  • 2 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese {we sometimes use cheddar}
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • For the toppings:
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese {or other cheese}
  • toppings ~ your choice

Directions

  1. Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. {I use a food processor fitted with the large shredding disc.} Do not puree.
  2. Place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl and microwave it for 10-12 minutes. {This removes moisture and slightly pre-cooks the cauliflower.}
  3. Remove the cauliflower from the microwave and cool for just a bit.
  4. Add the eggs and cheese and mix well.
  5. Add the oregano, garlic, and salt and mix well.
  6. Pour the cauliflower mixture into a pizza pan sprayed with cooking spray. Any pizza pan will work but I like to use a deep dish pan.
  7. Spread it out in the pan and press to the edges.
  8. Put the pizza crust in the oven on the pizza stone and bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove the pizza crust from the oven and cool for just a few minutes.
  10. Spread the sauce on top of the crust {I spread it all the way to the edges.}
  11. Add your toppings.
  12. Place your pizza back in the oven and bake for 4-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and just starting to brown.
  13. Remove from the oven, let it sit for just a few minutes, and then serve.
http://www.abrightandbeautifullife.com/cauliflower-crust-pizza/

1. Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles.  {I use a food processor fitted with the large shredding disc.} Do not puree.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza2. Place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl and microwave it for 10-12 minutes.  {This removes moisture and slightly pre-cooks the cauliflower.}
3. Remove the cauliflower from the microwave and cool for just a bit.
4. Add the eggs and cheese and mix well.
5. Add the oregano, garlic, and salt and mix well.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza6. Pour the cauliflower mixture into a pizza pan sprayed with cooking spray.  Any pizza pan will work but I like to use {this} deep dish pan.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza7.  Spread it out in the pan and press to the edges.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza8. Put the pizza crust in the oven on the pizza stone and bake for 15 minutes.
9. Remove the pizza crust from the oven and cool for just a few minutes.
10. Spread the sauce on top of the crust {I spread it all the way to the edges.}

Cauliflower Crust Pizza11. Add your toppings.
12. Place your pizza back in the oven and bake for 4-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and just starting to brown.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza13. Remove from the oven, let it sit for just a few minutes, and then serve.

Cauliflower Crust PizzaSo tasty!
Enjoy.

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40 Responses to Cauliflower Crust Pizza

  1. Maureen February 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    I’ve seen these cauliflower crust recipes and wondered if they were really any good, so seeing yours has definitely helped convince me! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lori February 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

      Oh good. Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

  2. Beth @ The First Year Blog March 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    OH YUMMO, this is perfect for me because I have a gluten allergy! I found you linked up at Cheerios and Lattes and I would love for you to share this at the party I am co-hosting this week, Raising Imperfection. It opens Sunday!
    Here is the direct link: http://wp.me/p2Gh6y-kO
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

    • Lori March 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

      Thanks, Beth. I’ll be there.

  3. Jayne March 3, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I’ve got to try this, I use masked cauliflower in just about everything!

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:12 am #

      Cool. Thanks for sending me the cauliflower bread crust recipe. Let me know if you try this pizza.

  4. Ericka March 3, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I’ve made cauliflower garlic cheese bread and was unsure how it would turn out, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I bet it would make a great pizza crust too! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

    • Lori March 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Hi Ericka. I would love your recipe for the cauliflower garlic cheese bread.

  5. Jess March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I would have never thought to do this! This looks amazing! 🙂

    • Lori March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      It is delicious, Jess. If you make it, let me know if you loved it.

  6. Ruthie March 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I’ve seriously wanted to give this a try… thanks for a great recipe! I’m so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell… come back again next week to party with me again 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

    • Lori March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

      Thanks, Ruthie. I will.

  7. Stephanie March 4, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    stopping by from the blog hop at:
    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    I made this a few weeks ago and i think i like it BETTER than regular crust!!
    not to mention it is so much healthier for you!
    great pictures and thanks for sharing 🙂

    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com
    http://www.infinitelifefitness.com

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:14 am #

      Thank you, Stephanie. I like it better, too, sometimes. But sometimes I just want a regular bread crust. Thanks for visiting my site.

  8. Lanaya @ Raising Reagan March 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    It sure looks like pizza, so it must be pizza! I am not a fan of cauliflower but I would give this a try!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. 🙂

    ¤´¨)
    ¸.•*´
    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    http://www.raising-reagan.com

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:15 am #

      Thank you, Lanaya. So… let me know if you decide to give this pizza recipe a try.

  9. Leslie March 5, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    I have been wanting to try cauliflower crust and you make it so easy to make!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie

    • Lori March 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Leslie. Yes. It is so super easy. Let me know how it turns out if you make it.

  10. BabsProjects March 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I have to admit, I am seeing this for the first time. I wonder how cauliflower crust must taste like. Thanks for sharing it. I will have to try this sometime…

    • Lori March 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

      If you make it, let me know what you think. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. emily March 9, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    very interesting! Great idea. Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring this as part of a bread and pizza round up! Come over and check it out! Would love to see my featured button on this post :o) http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/03/breadandpizza.html

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:16 am #

      Thank you, Emily, for the feature and for giving this cauliflower pizza a second look. I grabbed your button.

  12. Lisa @ Flour Me With Love March 13, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    I’d love to sink my teeth into that, it looks divine! I can’t wait to try the crust. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:18 am #

      You are welcome, Lisa. Thank you for hosting your weekly link-up party. I really love seeing all of the great and sometimes unique things bloggers come up with. Let me know if you make this pizza ~ and if you like it or love it (or I guess hate it)!

  13. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats March 13, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Oh, yum! Our family makes pizza at least once a week, this would be a perfect substitute for wheat dough. I’ve never tried cauliflower crust before so this will be a first.Thanks for the great idea!

    • Lori March 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Krista. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

  14. Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes} March 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    This looks so delicious! Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #6!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope you have a great rest of your week 🙂

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:20 am #

      Thank you, Shauna, for pinning this recipe. And thank you for hosting your link party. I love coming to it every week. Give this pizza a try and let me know what you think.

  15. Ali March 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂

    • Lori March 29, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      You’re welcome, Ali. Thank you for hosting. I’ll be back each week.

  16. Angie - www.easylivingmom.com March 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Hello! You shared this at my link party a few weeks ago – I just wanted to let you know that I included it on my latest post titled “21 Awesome Non-Salad Veggie Recipes.” You can find it here: http://easylivingmom.com/21-awesome-non-salad-veggie-recipes/. Thanks for sharing this, I love it!!

    • Lori March 28, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Thank you, Angie, for loving this pizza and sharing it. It’s such a great way to eat veggies without noticing that they are in there.

  17. Kristen April 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been seeing these on Pinterest and wanted to try, I’ll have to follow your recipe.

    • Lori April 9, 2013 at 12:17 am #

      Hi Kristen, please let me know how you like it. We think it’s really delicious.

  18. Jill May 27, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    When microwaving the cauliflower, do you put any water in it?

    • Lori May 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      No, Jill. Just shred the cauliflower and then microwave it. Good luck with it… let me know how it turns out. 🙂

  19. Marlene @Nosh My Way August 25, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I have yet to try cauliflower for pizza crust. You definitely make me want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this on FFF linky party

  20. Hold the Office September 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Ok. I have got to try this. I can’t tell you how many times I buy cauliflower and then am bored at the idea of eating it. Using it as pizza seems like a great solution! I have pinned it and can’t wait to try it:) I wonder if the kids will notice.

    Nicole
    HoldtheOffice.com

    • Lori September 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Hi Nicole. I know exactly what you mean about the cauliflower eating boredom. This is a great way to get those nutrients without feeling like you’re eating a bunch of cauliflower. My guess is that your kids won’t know it’s cauliflower but they will know it’s not like a “normal” pizza. Let me know how you like it.

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    […] weeks ago, and it’s amazing.  This is a slight variation on that one, which you can find here: A Bright and Beautiful Life: Cauliflower Crust Pizza.  Please note that the picture below is from this site as well.  First, preheat the oven to […]

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