Long before I made the decision to go gluten-free, I came across a cauliflower pizza crust recipe. I was intrigued, loving the idea of a thin, crispy crust without the carbs or guilt and I, of course, pinned it right away for future reference. Earlier this summer, I finally got around to tackling the recipe with my foodie/fitness side-kick, Amanda, and let me tell you, it was out of this world. We made it dairy-free with a “white sauce” (a variation seen here) out of cannellini beans, roasted tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs. Then, to amp up the veggie content/overall “wow” factor, we topped it with sweet caramelized onions and thinly sliced eggplant.
(Inspired by Eat. Drink. Smile.)
2 cups cooked, riced cauliflower
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt
To start, shred roughly half a large head of cauliflower by cutting the florets into large chunks and pulsing in a food processor. Don’t over pulse or it will end up pureed! Transfer the riced cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and pop it in the microwave for 8 minutes or so. While that’s cooking, spray a large cookie sheet or pizza pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 450°F. We used a Silpat, one of my new favorite kitchen accessories, so there was no grease necessary or mess to clean up! If you’re a roasting fiend like me, you need one!
Allow the cauliflower meal to cool before combining with the egg and spices. If you feel inclined, you may add your favorite shredded cheese but because of my sensitivity, we skipped out on the dairy. Once the mixture is ready, spread it evenly on your pan into your desired shape. Lightly spray the crust before baking so it will get crispy and place in the oven for about 15 minutes.
When the crust is golden brown, remove it from the oven and get creative with your toppings! Our roasted eggplant disks with caramelized onions and bean paste was two thumbs up but I would love to experiment next time. And there will be a next time, trust me. What about a Mexican twist with a homemade, chunky salsa, corn, black beans, roasted hot peppers and ground turkey? Or how does a wilted arugula salad-topped pizza sound with a balsamic reduction? I’m curious if I could easily make a gluten-free pie crust out of this concept. Mmm…this will not be the last time you see a cauliflower-crusted pizza recipe up here. Return the pizza to the oven under a broiler for 5 minutes (or less if you’re not cheese). Time to dig in. No need to keep track of how many slices you eat here! PS: This recipe could easily be used to make pizza popper appetizers! How cute and bikini-conscious of a host are you?
Have you ever made cauliflower crust? Thoughts?
Sprinkled with Love,