Pizza crust made with cauliflower instead of flour . . . say it isn’t so! Well it is. Lately I have been hearing a lot of talk about the technique and since I’ve been looking for ways to eat healthier and sneak in some extra vegetables, I had to give it a try. Some years ago I would have jumped off the roof before eating a pizza that was not made with wheat flour and yeast! Now I am a bit more open minded, even though I will never completely give up on classic pizza . . . no way! I will, however, sometimes opt for the health cauliflower version. This recipe is awesome for anyone looking to limit carbohydrates or eliminate gluten.
I can tell you that for me it’s about adding vegetables.
I really did enjoy the recipe. It doesn’t exactly have the taste or texture of pizza, however if you are having a pizza craving but want to keep it healthy, it’s a great alternative.
I used a very simple pizza sauce made by draining a can of diced tomatoes (San Marzano if possible) very well in a colander. Then I pureed the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and a garlic clove. Simple and classic. If you don’t drain the tomatoes well the sauce will be too thin.
For this pizza I topped it with some smoked turkey breast and some ground turkey.
One head of cauliflower will make about 3 pizzas.
Makes 1 Crust (roughly a 10 inch pizza)
2 cups grated raw cauliflower
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ½ cups skim milk
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoon chopped rosemary
- Pre heat oven to 400f.
- Put the grated cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl, uncovered. Cook on high for 8 minutes. This will essentially dry out the cauliflower.
- After removing from the microwave fluff with a fork and let it stand for about 5 minutes. Then add all remaining ingredients and mix well with a rubber spatula.
- Now we will prepare a baking tray one of two ways: (1) Line a baking tray with a silpat and rub a bit of olive oil on it (you can also spray with a bit of pan spray), or (2) Line a baking tray with some parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spread the cauliflower mixture in the shape you want on the prepared tray. Try to keep it thin, approximately ¼ inch thick.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 9 minutes. You will want to watch it and take it out when the edges are browning. At this point you can let the crust cool, wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To finish a pizza, turn the broiler to high. Top the pizza as desired with sauce, toppings and cheese. Broil in the oven on a baking sheet until the cheese is brown and everything is hot and bubbly.