If there’s one thing I love about cooking, it’s that the possibilities are endless. Case in point: a crust made out of cauliflower. I love pizza, love it, but there is something a little off-putting about greasy fingers and blotting your food with a paper towel. If this is you, this recipe is for you! Not that cauliflower can in any way claim to be like bread… it is a vegetable after all… but I was really blown away by how well this turned out. The crust holds together very well, you can pick it up with your hands (no falling apart), and the edges were even a little crispy. Most importantly, it’s easy to make, quite tasty, and very healthy. Win!
(note: you will need a cheesecloth, I got one at the grocery store for $3).
- 1 small-medium size head of raw cauliflower, washed and broken up into florets
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese (you could use any kind of soft or shredded cheese, but I really think this was the secret ingredient)
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Italian seasoning and salt to taste
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese for topping (I used a mozzarella/parmesan blend)
- your favorite toppings (I used mushrooms, bell peppers, sweet onion, and chives)
1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Grate cauliflower florets into a bowl using a cheese grater (could also blend in a food processor but I don’t have one) to make little flakes.
3. Spread cauliflower flakes evenly on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. (I filled a 9 x 13 inch pan, there was leftover cauliflower that I didn’t use, about enough for a second smaller crust).
4. Remove cauliflower from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Then scoop batches into a cheesecloth and squeeze out water into a bowl. (This takes a little muscle, but the more water removed the better). Scrape cauliflower “pulp” into another bowl.
5. Beat 1 egg into cauliflower “dough”, mix in goat cheese, garlic, and seasonings.
6. Place dough back on baking sheet (I used a new piece of parchment paper), and press into desired crust shape, about 1/2 inch thick. I made the edges a little thicker.
7. Bake crust for about 20 minutes, until it starts to brown a little. Meanwhile, chop up your toppings.
8. Remove crust from oven, spread pizza sauce, sprinkle cheese, and toppings evenly across, and bake another 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees.
I’m a huge fan of cauliflower so I love the taste and texture, but mixing in cheese and an egg really does give it an awesome “doughy” consistency, and the garlic and seasonings give amazing flavor. To make this vegan, substitute vegan cheese (still trying to find one I like – any recommendations?), and vegan eggs (can make by mixing 1 Tb ground chia or flax seeds in 3 Tb water – whisk together, becomes gooey like an egg). Hope you enjoy!