Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower crust pizza (click through for recipe)Remember back when we made spaghetti squash pizza together? That was surprisingly delicious! Ever since then I’ve been wanting to try out other unique crusts options whenever I come across them. I read about making a pizza crust from cauliflower. So, I decided to give that a try. This past year cauliflower has really grown on me. I used to never give it a second thought (white, bland, boring—no thanks). But then I tried a few dishes made with cauliflower that were pretty good. I think the key is to go heavy on other flavors, as cauliflower is a somewhat plain vegetable.

Cauliflower crust pizza (click through for recipe) This recipe has quite a bit of garlic, a little spice from red pepper, and plenty of cheese and (fake) pepperonis. I prefer to leave the tomato sauce off when baking but have it available for dipping. Why? This keeps the crust from absorbing too much moisture and becoming soggy. You can make it however you like, but I’m happy to share what worked best for me.

Plus if you’ve never tried fake pepperonis before, you totally should. They’re awesome!

Green cauliflowerCauliflower Pizza Crust, makes one large crust.
Adapted from Cauliflower Crust by RecipeGirl

1 head of cauliflower (any color, but isn’t this green pretty?!)
1 egg
4-5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used a mix of mozzarella, provolone, Romano, and Asiago)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

First, cut up the cauliflower florets. Blanch in boiling, salted water for 3-4 minutes. Pulse in a food processor with the garlic cloves until  a coarse meal forms. You won’t want to blend it so long it becomes a paste.

How to make cauliflower crustSpread the cauliflower meal out onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Place paper towels over the top, and press to remove as much moisture as you can. 

In a bowl combine the cauliflower with the egg, cheeses, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Place the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently press into your desired shape, as thin as you can get it without leaving holes in the crust. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top. Bake at 450°F for 15-20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.

How to make cauliflower crust Once the crust is baked, add your toppings. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. I like to add fresh basil just after baking.

Cauliflower crust pizza (click through for recipe) Although this crust isn’t going to “trick” anyone, it’s absolutely delicious and an easy way to add more veggies into a favorite meal. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower any color, but isn't this green pretty?!
  • 1 egg
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese I used a mix of mozzarella, provolone, Romano, and Asiago
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. First, cut up the cauliflower florets. Blanch in boiling, salted water for 3-4 minutes. Pulse in a food processor with the garlic cloves until a coarse meal forms. You won't want to blend it so long it becomes a paste.
  2. Spread the cauliflower meal out onto a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Place paper towels over the top, and press to remove as much moisture as you can.
  3. In a bowl combine the cauliflower with the egg, cheeses, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Place the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently press into your desired shape, as thin as you can get it without leaving holes in the crust. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over the top. Bake at 450°F for 15-20 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
  4. Once the crust is baked, add your toppings. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. I like to add fresh basil just after baking.

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Celeste from the Fresh Collection

  • Shut the front door! Pizza crust made out of cauliflower?! This is going to be a great way to sneak extra veggies into mealtimes. Like you, I’m on the less is more side of the tomato sauce. But I will dip the heck out of my crusts in some ranch.

    Tabby
    – www.glitterinthequarter.com

  • I’m trying to follow you instructions on transferring photo to wood. The paper always buckles/warps/curls when I put the Elmer’s glue on… No matter how thin I try. What am I missing?

  • We just made it and it was amazing! I have celiac- so pizza isn’t the same anymore- but this was a fantastic alternative! The recipe was perfect. Thank you!!

    Xo,
    Bryn

  • Just wanted to say be careful serving this up to any vegetarian friends – all parmesan is made with rennet from calves stomachs, so isn’t vegetarian. You can buy vegetarian hard cheese as a substitute and some of the grated hard cheeses you can buy in the supermarket are vegetarian friendly too, but never parmesan.

  • My boyfriend is a total fan of ordering in pizzas on sunday nights…while that’s not the most healthiest, I was most concerned about the spending. I not only love making my own food from scratch but also saving a few bucks while doing so. So at the beginning of this year I was super happy when he announced he wanted to stop ordering in all together – the reak reason? He wanted to loose some pounds 😉 That’s exactly 5 month, 13 kg (I guess 26 pounds)and approximately 8 Sunday cauliflower pizza crust pizzas ago. Pretty cool right? 😉

  • It looks so good. I really need to test this way of making pizzas !

  • This looks sooooo amazing! I can’t believe how simple and healthy this is!

  • I’ve made the “crust” before but never with topping (crust alone is meh). Such a great idea! Love your blog 🙂

  • Looks super yummy. But cauliflower…. Yikes!
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  • I’ve made cauliflower pizza crust countless times now and have finally perfected it, so I just wanted to let you know the secret. After blending the cauliflower in the food processor, put the mixture on a towel and squeeze out all of the liquids. The detoxinista explains it better – http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/ . Hope this helps!

  • I love your method of “drying out” the crust before baking it, and leaving the sauce on the side for dipping. A soggy crust has been my problem the last 2 times I’ve tried to make this. I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try next! : )

  • I have yet to make this pizza crust work. It usually comes out soggy. I can’t wait to give it yet another try. Hopefully your recipe will make the difference.

  • want to try this immediately — wow looks easy enough too.

    Valentina
    http://valentinaduracinsky.blogspot.com/

  • I LOOOOVEEEE Cauliflower and I lOOOOOOVEEE pizza. This is perfect!

  • I roast my cauliflower in coconut oil rather then boil it and the taste you get is amazing!!!! Highly recommend that!!!! We do cauliflower crust because we’ve been gluten free for 14 years and you learn delicious tricks over the years that make something even better!!!

  • This looks so delicious and such a healthy alternative! i must try it!

  • I know what’s for dinner tonight!!! Perfect for those of us gluten intolerant!!

  • Oh my goodness! I’ve really been into baking cauliflower myself- after I found out I could make it yummy! Brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower are my new favs to bake!

    Thanks for sharing the tip about leaving the sauce out, I love crispness 🙂 Gonna try this this weekend

  • looks yum! Would love to try this!

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  • Looks absolutely amazing. I ruined cauliflower bread once before but I’ll have to give it another try now

    xx Sarah | Loser Girl Wins

  • This looks wonderful! I only eat grain and gluten free foods and have yet to try a cauliflower recipe! Might have to be on my to try list this weekend!

  • I just picked up my first green cauliflower at my local Farmer’s Market last weekend! I love it. I’ve had purple and white many times but never green…so fun!

    Bookmarking this recipe. Thank you! xo

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  • I looove pizza and this looks like an interesting variation to try out! 🙂

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • Yum! I love a healthier option for pizza any day!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • I think I’m going to make this and just not say that it’s cauliflower. Maybe I’ll be able to slip one past all the no veggie people.

  • I’ve been wanting to try this for a looong time (since I first saw it on RecipeGirl as well, actually).
    What is the brand of fake pepperoni you use ? looking for a good one 🙂

  • Wow! I’ve never seen a green cauliflower before…but it looks inviting.

  • This looks SO GOOD! Being gluten-free I’ve always wanted to try a cauliflower crust but I never found a recipe that sounded good– but I trust you ladies so I will deff be trying yours!

    x Sarie from awildroseblog.blogspot.com

  • I love all the uses for cauliflower (best mashed potato replacement EVER) and I’ve been totally meaning to make a cauliflower pizza crust! Thanks for both the reminder AND the recipe, haha! Can’t wait to try it out!

    http://cuddlyasacactus.wordpress.com/

  • We love the couliflower too, it seems so smelly and bland, but actually there are really good recipes. Than you for adding another one, we would try it soon.

    P.

    http://theslowpace.com

  • i really want to try this! as soon as I move.

  • I just had cauliflower crust pizza for the first time this week and wanted to find a simple way to make it myself. This looks perfect!

    Also – cauliflower can come naturally in several colors without being mixed with brocolli. I grew it in my garden a few seasons ago, and it was amazing! Here’s a link to a really interesting looking green cauliflower: http://bit.ly/1iyL01N.

  • What a nice idea! I loved!

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    Ana

    www.vanillathought.com

  • Looks delicious. …can’t wait to try…going to pin the recipe!

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  • Mashed cauliflower is my jam! Steam it, mash it and then add some cheese and garlic salt. It will change your life.
    I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out!

  • My husband is same as you, Emma.. no cauliflower or brocoflower.. but this looks delish, he might love this one.. gotta try.

    xo, Hems
    agoldentulip.blogspot.com

  • GREAT idea to use the tomato sauce for dipping- ! Looks so good!

  • Yummy! That looks amazing! I love the colors (and probably the taste as well :-))

    greetings from rainy Germany and have a wonderful weekend,

    Bambi

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/

  • this is an amazing idea ! i love cauliflower rice at the mo so i am going to make this definitely 🙂
    Lauren x
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  • I just made this last week and it might just be better than the average pizza!

    Janine,
    www.janinemaral.com

  • YUMMMM! I’ve attempted to make cauliflower crust before, but ended up liking the cauliflower “rice” so much that I mixed it with a little cheese and ate it just like that! Now I definitely have to try the crust!

  • i’ve been dying to make this– and this recipe sounds perfect!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to make it 🙂
    XOXO

    Milu
    www.hellolupi.blogspot.com

  • I’ve been making a cauliflower pizza crust for a couple of years now and found a few tricks. One of them is using a little bit of corn meal on a pizza stone. It makes a perfectly crisp bottom. I also grate mine on a cheese grater and cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. That really helps with removing the moisture. Thanks for sharing this recipe with the masses! It’s a great alternative if you want pizza but not all the calories 🙂

  • My husband and i make this all the time! Huge fans. I think cauli is veggie of the year! Or brussels sprouts…hmmmm. 🙂

  • Brocoflower! What a fun name. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know. I learned something today.

    -Emma

  • The green cauliflower is actually brocoflower, a mix of broccoli and cauliflower! Very delicious!

  • This looks amazing! I’ve made cauliflower pizza before and it’s always delicious!!

  • Oh my yum!! This looks divine. I was just about to try making a cauliflower crust pizza this weekend. So glad I have your recipe to make now! thanks for sharing.
    p.s. I love that majority of your meals are always healthy and colorful.

  • I love the colour! Eat a rainbow!!!
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