Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe

The tasty white vegetable known as cauliflower is rapidly growing in popularity thanks to its adaptability. A few short years ago, the options for cauliflower were meager. Now, everywhere you turn people are eating cauliflower instead of carbohydrates like rice, tots, potatoes and even pizza crust! Why? Cauliflower is lower in carbohydrates and calories, rich in vitamins C, K, B6 and folate. It tastes great and is incredibly versatile. Give this delicious carbohydrate substitution recipe a try!

Easy Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Crust

  • 2 pounds cauliflower, leaves and stems removed, roughly chop (1 head)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • ¾ cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste

Topping

  • ½ cup favorite pizza sauce
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions

Crust:
Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in center. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Pulse the cauliflower florets and the garlic clove in a food processor to a fine powder (you should have about 2 1/2 cups). Transfer the processed cauliflower-garlic mixture to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Microwave until soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a clean, dry kitchen towel and allow to cool. When cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible, transferring to a second towel if necessary.

In a large bowl, stir together the cauliflower-garlic mixture, parmesan, oregano, salt & pepper, egg, and grated mozzarella until well combined. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and press into a 10-inch round crust. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 5 minutes.

Topping:
Top crust with sauce, mozzarella, and basil. Return to oven and bake until cheese has melted and toppings are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional julienne basil and red-pepper flakes, if desired.

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