Fakeout pizza: Cauliflower crust pizza

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:

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Makes 2 pizzas)

Ingredients for crust:

1 head of cauliflower, chopped

2 eggs

3 ounces herbed goat cheese

2 tsp basil leaves

2 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

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.

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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.

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Place in preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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Toppings:

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.

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