The first time I attempted to make cauliflower crust I would have described it as anything but “easy”! I used a full head of cauliflower, steamed it, then attempted to get all the moisture out (which was time consuming, you will surprised how much water it can hold) and I still ended up with a soggy crust. I didn’t think I’d ever attempt it again, but when I saw riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s, I realized half the work was already done for me and decided to give it another try. What I learned – as long as you are patient and get rid of every last drop of water out of the cauliflower you can actually have a crispy crust! I also saved time (and ended up with less moisture) by microwaving the cauliflower for two minutes instead of steaming it. By the way, when the kids sat down for dinner I never mentioned how I made this pizza. When I saw them go back for a second slice I knew I had something here. As long as you set your expectations and don’t expect it to taste exactly like dough you will enjoy this pizza. Just don’t skip any steps or ingredients because this crust can be fickle!
As you can see I used Trader Joe’s cauliflower, but any brand will do.
This is what the “dough” looked like before placing in the oven.
“Dough” after baking in the oven for 15 minutes.
- 1 16oz bag cauliflower "rice" I used Trader Joe's Brand
- 1½ cups LOW MOISTURE mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp of Italian seasoning
- PIZZA TOPPING
- Organic pizza sauce
- LOW MOISTURE mozzarella cheese (as much or as little as you like)
- handful of spinach
- crushed red peppers (optional)
- I say to use cauliflower "rice" because I have tried this recipe using a head of cauliflower and this process is just quicker and easier. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Pour the cauliflower in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes. Once cool place the cauliflower in a large "gallon" zip lock bag and cut a small hole at the bottom of one side of the bag. Squeeze until ALL water is out of the cauliflower and then squeeze some more! If you skip this step you will have a soggy crust. Place cauliflower in a food processor until it's fine like snow. Mix all remaining ingredients in with the cauliflower. Place parchment paper over a cookie sheet. Place "dough" on parchment paper in a ball then spread out as thin as possible into the shape of a circle. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Take out of the oven and top with sauce, spinach, and cheese and bake until cheese is melted and slightly golden. Enjoy!