I must admit, this is my second attempt at making a cauliflower pizza crust, and unfortunately I still haven’t nailed it yet – but I am much closer and hopefully with a few of my tips, yours will turn out perfectly. This recipe probably isn’t for the feint of heart, it did take me quite a while to make and I was a bit disappointed in the end when I couldn’t remove the parchment paper from the crust. I am hoping this was because I did not put an oil or cooking spray on the parchment paper before baking. That is my first pointer – do NOT forget to grease the parchment paper before forming the pizza.
Cauliflower pizza crust, how strange right? Well, the taste of the crust is actually quite good! Yes you can tell that it isn’t dough – mainly because of the consistency, however, it doesn’t taste like cauliflower either. Top the crust the same way you would if you were using dough, i’ll leave that up to you – I pretty much use every veggie I can find!
So without further ado, here is the recipe.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
For the crust:
- 1 very large head of cauliflower
- 1 small package of soft goat cheese (about 4oz.)
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp oregano
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
First you will need to rinse and chop the cauliflower into small pieces and process in a food processor. Mix until a fine “rice” like consistency is achieved. I had to do this in three batches because my food processor was too small.
Boil about an inch of water and then add the “riced cauliflower” to the pot with the water and let it steam for about 6 or 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain well using a fine mesh strainer.
Place the well drained “riced” cauliflower on a large dry dish towel. Pull the sides of the towel together and squeeze out all of the remaining moisture. Make sure you really wring the towel out, the less moisture, the better your crust will turn out. Just a note, the cauliflower and water is very hot – be careful.
Once you are confident all the moisture has been removed, place the cauliflower into a large bowl and add the egg, goat cheese, and oregano. This is the fun part, mix the ingredients together using your hands – really make sure everything is combined. Things should start to stick together a bit.
Line a cookie sheet [or pizza pan] with parchment paper and GREASE WITH OIL [or cooking spray]. Do not, I repeat, do not forget this step. You will be sorry… and picking parchment paper off the bottom of your pizza crust – like I did.
Drop the cauliflower onto the greased parchment paper and use your hands to form a thin, even circle. I kept the sides higher to mimic the crust of a pizza – I would recommend doing that.
Bake in the middle rack of the oven for about 35-40mins. Remove and top with your favourite pizza toppings. Place the pizza back in the oven for about 7 minutes to melt the cheese and soften the veggies.
There you have it, homemade cauliflower pizza crust.
You can see in the picture above that the parchment paper was ripped to shreds and stuck to the crust, but I am pretty sure greasing it with oil or cooking spray will fix that problem. My guests told me it was a hit and would definitely eat it again.
Hope you enjoy!
PS – GO SENS GO!!!