The Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I went to see my doctor this morning for my yearly physical and felt completely satisfied with my responses to her. They always ask “any changes in health over the past year?” and my truthful answer was that I haven’t felt healthier in my entire life. Working out at least 6 days a week, and keeping a healthy food blog all correlates to the how great I sincerely feel.

Sunday nights call for pizza – but there is nothing healthy about pizza. Cheese and empty carbs – you cannot tell me with a straight face that equates to healthy…. So, I’m sure you have seen this idea about a Cauliflower Pizza Crust flying around the social hemisphere; but have you ever tried it?

I have. Many times, and have yet to post a recipe because I could never get it right. Finally, it’s here. A Cauliflower Pizza Crust that you can actually eat like a pizza, sans knife and fork!

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The Best Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Serves 2

Ingredients;

  • 1/2 large head of cauliflower – or 1 medium head, broken down into florets and blitzed in the food processor (it should yield about 2 cups of cauliflower “rice”)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • Assorted toppings; I chose sundried tomatoes, mixed olives (pitted), bacon, capers, crushed garlic, cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese

Method;

Preheat oven to 430F.

In a food processor, break down the cauliflower so it resembles rice. Place into a microwave safe bowl and toss it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Be careful, it will be hot when you remove it.

In the meantime, grab a large bowl and add cheeses, dried herbs, granulated garlic and an egg. When the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, place in a clean dish cloth, cheese cloth or use a couple sheet of paper towel. Wrap up the ends and squeeze to remove the excess water. I got about a 1/3 cup of water out, so be sure to remove as much as possible. Then add the cauliflower to the large bowl. Mix together well.

At this point place your pizza stone, baking sheet, or large oven-safe frying pan into the oven to get hot.

Grab a piece of parchment paper and turn the mixture out into the middle. Form into a pizza shape with your hands – leaving the crust approximately 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Remove the hot pan from the oven and gently (in one swift motion) drag the parchment paper onto the hot surface. Place back in the oven for 8 – 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with your choice of toppings. Then place back in the oven for another 8 – 10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Cut into wedges and serve with a side salad and maybe even a dipping sauce or two. 🙂

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A great Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday night pizza! Simple, healthy and honestly not even that time consuming.

XO

Ally

 

 

Ally Taylor

Ally Taylor is a food writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Through her All in Moderation blog, she aims to promote a healthy gourmet lifestyle for the 9-5’er. Learn more about Ally or follow her on Twitter @allinmod or Instagram @ally_in_moderation

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