Gourmet Cauliflower Pizza

So you’ve heard of this bizarre thing called cauliflower pizza. You most likely haven’t had the guts to make it. I don’t blame you one bit! I promise I have not lost my mind. In fact, I’m saving you from cheating with real pizza. It’s truly the best substitute. I was incredibly skeptical of cauliflower pizza. Anything goes with pizza, right? Anything but, STINKY cauliflower. Pizza is supposed to be the ultimate meal splurge. Why the heck would I ruin such a coveted food by adding cauliflower to it?

I love pizza just like you and everyone else on planet earth and could eat the damn pie every day. I desperately needed a guilt-free pizza recipe so I wouldn’t blow up like a blimp. After a bit of research, and taste sampling, I found that by substituting flour pizza crust for cauliflower pizza crust was the cure to my addiction. A 14″ slice of regular crust pizza is 285 calories compared to half of a cauliflower crust pizza that is just 300 calories! Incredible. Sure it’s a pain in the butt to make pizza from scratch, but it’s worth saving yourself from the calories and guilt.
The crust is the only changing factor. I keep my favorite toppings; marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian sausage, pepperoni, basil, tomato, sundried tomatoes, and olives. Perfection. Using a large head of cauliflower will be enough pizza for two adults. My husband and I have big appetites and the cauliflower pizza was plenty for the both of us to share. 

Gourmet Cauliflower Pizza

Gourmet Cauliflower Pizza

Ingredients

  • Dash of olive oil; to paint parchment paper
  • 1 Large medium to large sized head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg whisked

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place cauliflower florets in food processor (or shred using a box grater) & pulse until cauliflower is a rice like consistency. Place cauliflower rice into a microwave-safe dish. Cover and steam for 3 minuets or more in the microwave. Leave covered to stand for a further 2-3 minutes. Let cool. Squeeze steamed cauliflower rice in a clean dish towel to rid all moisture. I squeezed about a cup of water from the cauliflower.
  3. Sir in the cauliflower rice, salt, dried basil, oregano or Italian seasoning, garlic powder, optional red pepper flakes, parmesan, mozzarella, and whisked egg. Use your hands & mix away!
  4. Transfer the cauliflower dough to oiled parchment paper that is set on a baking sheet or a pizza stone. Spread evenly into a circle, square, or rectangle. Bake for 9-12 minutes until golden brown & crispy around the edges!
  5. Add your desired toppings; as much sauce and cheese and whatever else you want! Slide the baking sheet or pizza stone with parchment paper back in the oven and bake for another 7-10 minutes until you have an ooey-gooey, bubbly pie!
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