Today I share with you one of my favorite swaps for pizza (which is one of my favorite indulgences): Cauliflower crust pizza. I am sure you have heard mention of this phenomenon on the internet. If you google the word “cauliflower”, you will no doubt see a lot of recipes where cauliflower magically becomes something else like rice or mashed potatoes or pizza crust. I know exactly what you’re thinking too: eww, cauliflower. Well, think again! When combined with just the right ingredients, cauliflower can transform itself into something completely different. It truly is a chameleon in the culinary world.
My recipe is based off this recipe from Detoxinista. I found it a few years ago and have enjoyed adding my own twist to it and lightening it a bit. Here is my version:
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Makes 2 pizzas)
Ingredients for crust:
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3 ounces herbed goat cheese
2 tsp basil leaves
2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a food processor or a high power blender (I use my Vitamix), pulse the chopped cauliflower until it becomes the consistency of rice. Place riced cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes. Place the cauliflower in a strainer and, using a spatula, push out all the water from the riced, cooked cauliflower.
In a separate bowl, combine cauliflower with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Place cauliflower mixture onto the baking sheet and shape into 2 square or rectangular pizza crusts, making sure that you build up the edges to make a “crust” and that the middle is at least 1/2 inch thick.
Place in preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
The world is your oyster here. Sometimes I like to just keep it simple and top if with tomato sauce and some light mozzarella cheese. Today I chose to roast some tomatoes to add instead of tomato sauce. I also added olives and mushrooms.
The good news!
This can be frozen! You can choose to either freeze it before putting the toppings on or after.