(I think angels may have sung, I was so excited to find a way to make my favorite food work without wheat.)
I’ve now made her cauliflower crust pizza a handful of times and other than my notoriously picky four year-old, it has been universally liked by young and old. I’ve tweaked it, of course, since I can never leave well enough alone!
If you want to make this (and I definitely recommend it), I want to give you a few pointers before setting you loose with the recipe.
1. The crust is not as durable as a wheat crust – so I find that plain cheese is the best way to go for toppings. When I loaded it up with veggies, the whole thing kind of fell apart and I had to eat it with a fork and knife.
2. The crust is still going to be on the soggy side when it comes out of the oven. Let it cool for a good 10 minutes before you try cutting and serving it.
3. The recipe recommends baking just the crust for 10 minutes, but be sure to check your crust, as ovens really vary. I suggest making sure that your crust is browning around the edges and bottom before putting sauce and cheese on it.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
- 1 head cauliflower – cleaned and broken into pieces (here’s a great tutorial on how to do it in under a minute)
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 t garlic powder
- 1 t Italian seasoning blend
- 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1. Pulse cauliflower in your food processor with the S-blade until it resemlbes grains of rice. You will need to do this in several batches. Place grated cauliflower in a microwave-safe glass bowl and cover with dish cloth. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
3. Let the cauliflower cool for 10-15 minutes. Dump it into the middle of your clean dish towel and squeeze out the liquid. I am able to get at least 1/3 of a cup of water each time. The drier your get yours, the crispier your crust will be.
4. Mix wrung-out cauliflower with remaining ingredients.
5. Cover pizza pan (or plain cookie sheet) with parchment paper. Or, you can use tin foil and spray with vegetable spray.
6. Mound cauliflower mix in middle and press out with your hands into a round dough shape. It should be just a few millimeters thick.
7. Cook crust only in oven for about 10 minutes, or until sides and bottom are starting to brown. Remove from oven and top with sauce, cheese and other toppings (keeping my above advice in mind).
8. Return to oven and cook for another 13-16 minutes until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
9. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
With the Nine Days starting tomorrow, this is a great recipe to add to your vegetarian menu plan! By the way, I usually make one of these pizzas for me and my husband – and a regular crust pizza for the kids.
You can see all my recipes, including the vegetarian ones, at the Kosher Recipe Index.