Is it just me, or this an all-out war on comfort food? I mean seriously. There's so many healthy versions of things like lasagna, sweets and now even pizza. I had tried eggplant pizza before but I wasn't a fan of it. And when cauliflower pizza crust first started making its way around the internet, like many others, I quickly dismissed the idea because clearly it was crazy. But after permanently swapping out rice with cauliflower rice, I convinced myself that a Cauliflower crust pizza would totally be worth it.
Since going Keto, it's really important for me to find healthy foods that not only taste good, but make me feel good. I wasn't supposed to eat pizza (snuck a few slices on three separate occasions) so I was looking for a way to enjoy all of the food I used to love. 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 or 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 keep that in mind before you dig in.
Cauliflower crust pizza is definitely an acquired taste so don't give up on it. Remember cauliflower by itself is kinda dull. If you taste the crust by itself, it’s okay, but what makes it taste great is adding on delicious toppings. That's where the real flavour comes from. But don't go too crazy with the toppings, you still want it to be healthy. I put roma tomatoes, mushrooms, green onions and paprika on mine. The paprika is what REALLY married the flavours.
CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA
- 2 1/2 cups grated or ground cauliflower (use a food processor or cheese grater)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- kosher salt
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Place cauliflower in a heat-safe bowl and cover with a ventilated top. Microwave for 4 minutes, then allow it to cool off a little.
- Place cauliflower in a food processor. Add basil, oregano, garlic, Parmesan, and mozzarella. Mix well and taste. Add salt to taste. Add egg and stir to blend completely.
- Press mixture out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that's been sprayed with non-stick spray. 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 two 9" ones.
- Place pan in oven and bake until golden brown. 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.
I can't wait to try this recipe with a sweet potato and compare them. I personally think because sweet potato has more flavour, it'll taste better, but don't forget, a cauliflower crust is gluten and carb free. If you've tried a cauliflower crust pizza before or you're considering it share your experiences, thoughts or questions in the comment section below. If you try it, you know I love seeing your creations at #LifeByOlivia. Don't forget to share!