Jamie and I eat pizza at least once a week. It is my one true vice. I could eat pizza every day, for every meal, and be quite happy. We love pizza so much, that we even ordered it for our wedding rehearsal dinner 🙂
So, once a week we either order a pizza to be delivered to our apartment, or we buy one of those frozen pizzas and jazz it up with extra toppings (hot banana peppers, olives and BBQ sauce are some of our favourite toppings to add to a pizza). It is definitely a routine and I wanted to break free and try something different.
We try to be conscious of our carbohydrate intake, so I wanted to figure out a way to make a low-carb pizza crust. I went to Google and started searching. I found recipes the called for alternative flours (coconut, almond), but I continued to search. Then, I came across a blog post for cauliflower pizza crust. Hmmm, cauliflower as a pizza crust, this was very interesting.
Now, as you may know, cauliflower doesn’t really have much of its own flavour. My sister has told me about using cauliflower as “mashed potatoes”. Steam the cauliflower and mash it with butter, milk, salt & pepper, and it tastes just like mashed potatoes. So, I thought if cauliflower could mimic the taste and consistency of potatoes, maybe it could do the same for pizza crust.
I am going to tell you right now, THIS IS AMAZING! I highly recommend that you try this recipe. If you already make your own pizza crust, this will take no extra time (in fact, it will take less, since you don’t have to proof your dough).
In fact, just last weekend, my sister, brother-in-law and nephew were in Ottawa for a visit. Cherie and Dwayne were very interested in trying this pizza, however, we weren’t sure if Sam would like it. We had Sam help us to “decorate” the pizzas and you know what, he loved it! He had no idea that this wasn’t made with flour.
Click here to see Sam’s Pizza.
This pizza can’t be eaten with your hands, as it will fall apart, however, if you are a fan of leftover pizza for breakfast 😉 out of the fridge this is the perfect, eat with your hands treat!
This is now our go-to recipe for pizza night!
Adapted From: Eat.Drink.Smile
- 1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 cup diced chives
- Olive Oil (to brush over crust)
- Your choice of toppings*
- Preheat oven to 450 °F
- Take florets from one head of cauliflower and place in food processor. Pulse until it looks like grain. Place the cauliflower in a glass bowl and microwave for 8 minutes.
- In medium bowl stir together 1 cup cooked cauliflower, egg, mozzarella. Add in Italian seasoning, garlic and chives.
- Divide mixture in half and using your hands, pat into 2 pizza rounds (on greased cookie sheet). Brush top of each pizza with olive oil to help with browning.
- Bake for 15 minutes in preheated oven.
- Remove crusts from oven. Add desired pizza toppings and cheese. Place under broiler at high heat until cheese melts (approximately 4 – 5 minutes).
- Enjoy! Trust me, these are so good!
*Note – Pizza toppings should be pre-cooked as you are placing them in the oven for only a few minutes.