Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Cauliflower pizza crust has been on my mind since I started the wheat-free diet.  As many of you know pizza is one of my favorite foods, right along with waffles but I haven't had any in a long time.  The last time I had pizza was with Jeff and Annie prior to the Dallas Marathon in December.  It has been some drought but everywhere I looked (Instagram or Pinterest) there seemed to be the cauliflower pizza crust recipe du jour. I was hesitant because almost all the recipes called for cheese and I keep my dairy to the bare minimum and by that I mean it is in the whey protein shakes that I make and that is, unless of course a restaurant uses milk to make their waffles (but even then I have been ordering egg white omelets while I am out.)  After a Twitter conversation with @fatfluential (BTW - you need to follow this handle because they are funny and spot on about food) I decided to go ahead and make it but I didn't know which cauliflower pizza crust recipe was the best to use. Lo and behold I was on a LinkedIn thread when I was contacted by Bennye Taylor of Gluten Free Lover.  In our correspondence the fact that I loved pizza but was not making crusts or eating out anymore came up and she offered me her recipe which I kindly took.  I looked it over and it seemed so easy that I wasn't sure what I was so hesitant about. Last week I made my first with a cauliflower pizza crust and I have to say I was very impressed.  It is not going to be like eating bread but you would know that going in since there is no gluten in this recipe.  The taste is there and it is not an overload of cauliflower.  You taste the seasonings and the toppings but the trick is the bake before toppings step so that it can get crunchy in the middle otherwise you'll have mashed cauliflower if you don't. I highly recommend that you make this recipe if you are looking for a cauliflower pizza crust.  I made a couple of modifications which are in the notes but I bet that Bennye's recipe taste great just the way it is.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe
Recipe Type: Lunch Dinner
Cuisine: American Italian
Author: Jason Bahamundi
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 1
Cauliflower Pizza Crust is not going to taste like bread but it is very good and one you should definitely add if you are looking to cut out wheat, gluten or some calories/carbs.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or try another kind!)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1/2 cup tomato-basil marinara sauce (or pizza sauce) -->My recipe here: http://ow.ly/gRF1q
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. (You can use the food processor if you'd like, but you just want crumbles, not puree.)
  2. Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes
  3. Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.
  4. Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface).
  6. dIn a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumblewith the remaining crust ingredients.
  7. Pat the "crust" into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan.
  8. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden).
  9. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.
  10. Prepare the pizza: Spread the sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge.
  11. Sprinkle cheese on top .
  12. Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  13. Cut into 6 slices and serve immediately.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 228 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 19 Fiber: 7 Protein: 21
Notes
*I used gluten free bread crumbs with Italian Seasonings and salt to replace the cheese. *The nutrition facts are for the cauliflower pizza crust and sauce.....toppings not included. *It is imperative to bake the crust first before adding toppings to allow crust to form. *I place the bowl in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to cool off before adding remaining crust ingredients.
[caption id="attachment_7083" align="aligncenter" width="300"]cauliflower pizza crust - recipe - wheat free - gluten free This Was Only 2 Slices As I Had To Test It Out Before Posting[/caption]

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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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