First of all- calling all BOISE peeps!  I’ll have shop set up at the local Holiday House Boutique starting tomorrow (Thursday 3/12).  Swing by and sample any of the products from our Shop!  I will also have a very small supply of our brand new book that’s not available yet in stores!  I’ll bring the books with me Thursday morning (I can’t say what time yet, but probably some time between 9-11), and if there are any left, on Friday from 1-2 pm.  I hope to see some of you there!

Boutique

Now, today’s recipe. When cauliflower pizza crust first started making its way around the internet, I quickly dismissed the idea because clearly it was crazy.  Besides the fact that a bland colorless vegetable is no substitution for soft, chewy, carb heaven, I don’t even really like cauliflower (except roasted. In our garlic oil.  Then can eat 947 pounds of it at a time), so why would I ever disgrace the name of pizza with it?

Cauliflower

But then a saw a couple of my blogger friends comment that it was a hit in their homes and I became intrigued.  Still, I made it just for myself, because there was obviously no way anyone in my family was actually going to eat this.  But guess what?  They did.  My kids each ate an entire pepperoni cauliflower pizza.

Pepperoni Cauliflower Pizza
Now obviously this isn’t going to taste like bread.  Obviously.  But if you’re really trying to eat lighter, or you can’t have wheat and carbs for whatever reason, this is a pretty awesome little trick to have up your sleeve.  It’s definitely a different texture and flavor than actual crust so set your expectations accordingly and you might be pleasantly surprised.

So you start with some pulverized cauliflower. This is the same process as when you’re making cauliflower rice.  My food processor bit the dust, so I’ve just been using a standard cheese grater and it works great.  A high-powered blender like Blendtec or Vitamix works as well.

Grated Cauliflower

You’ll cook it in the microwave until it’s soft, and then press out the liquid.  It’s important that you really get out as much liquid as you possibly can so I put it in a fine mesh strainer and press the heck out of it with a spatula and then smash it with a few layers of paper towels as well.  I’ve noticed that sometimes I expel a huge amount of liquid, and sometimes hardly any at all, but give it a good press regardless.

Pressing Grated Cauliflower

To that, we’ll add an egg, some cheese, and seasonings.  Now there are lots of recipes floating around the internet for this and they’re all basically the same, but the quantity of ingredients really vary.  The first recipe I tried called for over a cup of cheese, which in my opinion didn’t make this any less caloric than normal pizza crust!  It also made it taste like a souffle, which was weird.  I played around with the ratios until I got something I liked that cooked well, and used enough cheese for flavor and texture, without going overboard.  When I kept recipe hunting, I found my ratios were almost identical to this recipe, so I tried her seasoning mix and it was great.  She has a few more steps (and optional ingredients) if you want to check out her post.

Cauliflower Crust Mi

Once you have your mixture, you’ll press it into a flat pizza shape.  I’m making 2 small pizzas here.

Prebaked Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Then you’ll bake them in the oven until it’s really golden brown.

Cauliflower pizza crust baked

After that, you can top it any way you like.  My kiddos ate this turkey pepperoni and cheese pizza with no questions asked.  They knew it was obviously different, but they still ate the whole thing without complaint so I consider that a win!

Pepperoni Cauliflower Pizza Crust

For my own pizza, I love the classic combo of sliced roma tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Cauliflower Pizza by Our Best BItes

The secret that really makes it taste amazing is a little drizzle of our Dipping Oil right over the top!

Our Best Bites Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This sort of recipe is one of those ones that is in my opinion, all about the toppings.  If you taste the crust by itself, it’s okay, but what makes it taste great is adding on delicious toppings, and then it becomes a really low-cal carrier for all of that deliciousness.  So I do recommend using pizza sauce and flavorful toppings!

Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Make delicious and healthy pizza crust from cauliflower! Low calorie and gluten free.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups grated or ground cauliflower (use a food processor or cheese grater)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  6. 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  7. kosher salt
  8. 1 egg, slightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place cauliflower in a heat-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap with a few holes to vent. Microwave for 4 minutes, remove plastic, and stir to cool it off a little. Place cauliflower in a fine mesh strainer and use a rubber spatula to press cauliflower against strainer, pushing out any liquid. Use several paper towels and press down to absorb more liquid. You could also ring it out in a clean, dry tea towel.
  3. Place cauliflower in a bowl and fluff with a fork. Add basil, oregano, garlic, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix well and taste. Add salt to taste (I find depending on the saltiness of my Parmesan, I need a few pinches of salt). Add egg and stir to blend completely.
  4. Press mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that's been sprayed with non-stick spray (I've found parchment produces better results that a silicone baking sheet). Press out to about 1/4 inch or slightly thicker. Keep mixture tight together and in an even layer. You can bake one large pizza or multiple smaller ones.
  5. Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown. My pizzas tend to vary in time so sight is the best indicator. Generally 15-20 minutes is a good time frame, and it should be starting to brown on top. Remove from oven, top with desired toppings, and return to oven to melt cheese, etc. Let rest for a couple of minutes and then slice and serve.
Adapted from The Lucky Penny
Adapted from The Lucky Penny
Our Best Bites http://ourbestbites.com/
Have any of you tried cauliflower pizza crust?  Any tips or tricks you’ve discovered?

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  1. 1
    Jen says:

    What temp do you bake it at?

  2. 2
    Stacey says:

    This is so crazy! Yesterday I read my first recipe of zucchini pizza crust. Now I really have to try it if my two favorite most trusted food bloggers are jumping on the band wagon. Going shopping today so, here goes!

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      Jana says:

      Yes! Mel on Monday and this today! The only two blogs I check and I had the same “woah!” moment you did! 🙂

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    Kira says:

    I’m excited to try this! I’ve heard of it before but thought it sounded a little too wacky….if you guys liked it though, it’s totally worth a try. I love your recipes.

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    I have made cauliflower crust a couple times as well and agree that the first one I tried had a ton of cheese in it and seemed to defeat the purpose! Squeezing the liquid out is definitely key. Even when I feel like I’ve squeezed it all out it still feels moist and I end up getting more out of it.

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    Jennifer S says:

    I have tried to make this countless times and can never get it right it seems. is the secret to the squishing of liquid or maybe making smaller pizzas? Can you pick up a slice like a regular pizza?

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    Melissa M. says:

    Thank you for this post – any chance there’s a way to get out of using the cheese? I’ve had to go dairy free for allergy purposes. Keep on keepin’ on with your wonderful work here on this blog! 😉
    -Mel

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    Amanda says:

    The key too good crust is “wringing out” the cauliflower in a thin cloth!!!

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    Maria says:

    I have tried two different recipes and yes squeezing out the water made my second attempt better. I look forward to trying this one as I it looks crispier than my other attempts. Thanks.

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    Addie says:

    I so want to get on the cauliflower for all your favorite foods bandwagon but every time I’ve tried any of the recipes, I always feel like it makes a huge mess out of my kitchen with little cauliflower bits flying everywhere. And you even used a cheese grater! I really want it to work. I’m trying to eat healthier and reduce gluten and unnecessary carbs in my diet. Am I missing something or do you all just put up with the mess? Is there some secret to not having it go all over the place? Even when I’m just cutting it down to prepare it I feel like it’s a total mess.

  10. 10

    Hi, I am from turkey, I open cafe in turkey and I try alot of pizza from your webside. Thanks.

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    Janet says:

    I am just trying this now maybe I did something wrong cause I didn’t have any water at all when I smashed it in my sleive. Is that normal or do you think I did something wrong? The crust is in the oven now. Hopefully I didn’t just waste a cauliflower and have no dinner tonight

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    Shannon Childs says:

    I made this tonight! It turned out great. I think it will be a new family tradition. I tried to dry the cauliflower but using a strainer, paper towels, etc. but it was still damp. I think because I washed it right before? Next time I will try washing it earlier in the day, grading it and letting it fully have time to dry. It still turned out delish, just the dough was falling apart.

  13. 13
    Shanna Dees says:

    It’s kinda weird, but it looks yummy at all. let me try this one soon. 🙂

  14. 14
    Alysia says:

    How many servings or how many inches does this recipe yield?

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    StAugMama says:

    Tried this tonight! It was really good with just basil and tomato, but it didn’t come out as crispy as I’d hope….I had to eat with a fork. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    Ethel says:

    My family makes cauliflower crust pizza all the time! I would love to try your recipe, it is different from what I have done in the past. Have you ever tried a cream cheese crust? That is great too! Some pizza places make a good gluten free crust too!

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    Rosanne says:

    Can I freeze the cauliflower premix (just before shaping it and minus the eggs) when the couli’s are in season?

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    Angela says:

    When making zucchini pizza crust, I’ve used a nut milk bag to squeeze out water from the zucchini. I could get it pretty dry that way, and the pizza turned out great. If I make this crust, I will be using my nut milk bag.

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    Marie says:

    Can this be made on a pizza stone?

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    Jim says:

    Hello, would you recommend using a pizza stone to cook the cauliflower pizza?

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    Margie says:

    Love love love it only thing I am trying to do is make it a little crispier.

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    Jocelyne Anchor says:

    We don’t have a microwave, could we steam or oven the cauliflower before? or the texture won’t be the same?

    many thanks for sharing your recipes!

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    Natalie says:

    I plan to make mini-pizzas later tonight, but my question is this… how do the leftovers hold up? I’m cooking for one, but like to do meal prep on Sundays for the week ahead. Should I just prep the cauliflower and only make the actual pizza I’m going to eat tonight, and put the rest of the crust mixture in the fridge for a pizza another night? Or can I bake a few pizza and will it reheat well for work lunches throughout the week. Anyone tried any of these options? What about freezing the crust mixture for another time? Thanks in advance for any responses!

  24. 24

    My family is on the Daniel Fast and can’t have dairy…so no cheese. What would you recommend as a substitute for the cheeses?

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