Half of you are most likely cringing, but I promise you don’t let the cauliflower turn you away because after all this is PIZZA!
You can’t turn away from pizza, it’s a life rule.
So the question is, why cauliflower for the crust? Let’s just cut to the good stuff- cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of choline, dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, phosphorus, and even biotin. Additionally, it is also a good source of vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B1, niacin, and magnesium.
So the question really is why NOT cauliflower? Those who are either going gluten free, or trying to cut down on gluten you’ve been diving into alternatives for awhile now. A mix and match of gluten free flours is very intimidating but once you find the right one for you, it’s not so bad. Even still, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in alternative flours and sometimes it’s just not what I want! New taste, new texture, something different, and it must be pizza! Yes I was craving pizza, come on who doesn’t crave it?
On to the recipe, it really isn’t hard to make, I throw all of it into a food processor to cut out steps. Use a cheesecloth to squeeze extra liquid out otherwise it won’t cook well, but it’s really easy to make- Promise!
- 1 head cauliflower
- 2 whole eggs (or use chia eggs for vegan crust- this consists of 1 tablespoon chia and 3 tablespoons water, mix let sit it'll start to get the egg consistency . This equals one egg )
- 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 1 tablespoon of coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seed
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- fresh ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 F
- You want to steam the cauliflower first, I just boiled for a few minutes in water before letting it dry. Once dry, chop all the cauliflower florets into small pieces, place into a blender and blend until it's crumby. Place the cauliflower into a cheesecloth and squeeze out excess liquid. Now combine the remaining ingredients with the cauliflower until it's all blended together. Spread the dough onto a pizza pan, stone or just a baking sheet. Makes two small round pizza about 1/2 inch thick. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown, sometimes you need to flip it to get the center better cooked but not always. Take it out once the dough is firm and add toppings onto it. Cook for another 5 -10 minutes or until the cheese and toppings are to your liking.
- Don't over load on toppings or sauce, it will make the crust fall apart fast