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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

photo of a cauliflower pizza crust pizza topped with pepperoni
This gluten-free crust made of cauliflower has a texture very much like regular pizza crust. It’s delicious without all the guilt.

Two years ago, I read food blog posts of people raving about cauliflower pizza crust. I had zero interest in trying it back then. But after successfully making several cauliflower substitute recipes, I wanted to give it a try. And I finally understand what all the fuss was about!

overhead photo of a pizza
photo collage of the cauliflower crust raw and then baked

This pizza crust is tasty. Yes, it tastes like cauliflower. But it also has a crispy, bready, chewy texture just like thin-crust pizza. Even Mr. K couldn’t stop raving about it.

photo of a cauliflower pizza crust pepperoni pizza

I’m trying to stay on the healthier eating course, especially after our trip to New Orleans. We both loved how this turned out.  I topped it with low fat mozzarella and turkey pepperoni. I plan on making this again and work on improving upon this recipe.

photo of a sliced pizza

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cauliflower pizza crust

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Servings: 6 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
This gluten-free crust made of cauliflower has a texture very much like regular pizza crust. It's delicious without all the guilt.

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower 
  • 1  large egg
  • 1/2 cup  finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
  • cornmeal for dusting

pizza toppings

  • turkey pepperoni
  • 1-2 cups low fat shredded mozzarella

Instructions

  • Cut cauliflower into small florets and place into food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower becomes the size of small grains of rice.
  • Pour cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and cook for 2-3 minutes until cauliflower is soft.
  • Pour cooked cauliflower into a cheesecloth or clean, thin dish towel. Wring and squeeze towel to remove water from the cauliflower. The dryer the cauliflower is, the better your crust will turn out.
  • Place drained cauliflower into a medium bowl. Add egg, cheese, and herb seasoning. Mix with a large wooden spoon to combine.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Generously dust the surface of a pizza stone with cornmeal. Place pizza dough ball on top, and spread out and flatten to form round, thin crust.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes until crust turns golden. Remove from oven. Add turkey and pepperoni. Place back in oven and cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Notes

  • Slightly adapted from IFoodReal
  • Nutrition estimate is for the crust only.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice (without toppings), Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 311mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 170IU, Vitamin C: 46.2mg, Calcium: 245mg, Iron: 0.7mg, Net Carbs: 3g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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26 comments on “Cauliflower Pizza Crust”

  1. Che grande idea! Non l’avevo ancora vista una ricetta così! Anch’io voglio mangiare sano e leggero, la proverò sicuramente!

  2. I’ll have to try this out sometime, I keep seeing it everywhere but had my doubts…I’m thinking a pesto pizza on top! 

  3. This looks great! i will try this, over the weekend ~

  4. It looks really good 🙂

  5. Looks yummy.  Do you use pizza sauce?  Thanks.

  6. I’ve never had success with cauliflower pizza crust, but yours looks so crispy that I think I need to give it another shot with your recipe!

  7. This SO made my day. I CANNOT wait to try this recipe. I’m making the bf get a food processor this weekend 🙂  I think the hardest part would be ringing out the cooked cauliflower. I wonder if there’s another method besides the towel or cheese cloth?

  8. Hi, this looks deliciousssssss. Just in case i can´t find fresh cauliflower, do you think a 1 pound bag of freezed cauliflower would be fine? or maybe 2? 

  9. Can I do without the corn meal?

  10. I do not use microwave ovens – can I steam the cauliflower and then wring it out?

  11. Can I just bake it on parchment paper eliminating the cornmeal?

    • the cornmeal + pizza stone helps crisp up the crust. you can bake it on parchment paper but your crust will be more soft.

  12. I just wanted to say thanks. This is so very good, and I’ve tried so many that weren’t. I baked it on parchment and it held together well enough to pick up. Also, for those buying pre-riced cauliflower as I did, 1 head is equivalent to 4 cups. I froze them successfully as well and topped one frozen and just put it under the broiler to finish it off and it was superb in just a few minutes. My teenage daughter had a bite of mine and said, “You had me fooled! I thought it was a regular crust!” I will try your cauli hamburger buns next.

    I topped it with pesto, red onion, pepper, spinach, feta and mozza for a veggie pizza. Delish!

    After 5 years, pizza was really the last thing that made it hard to be wheat free so I appreciate the work it took to get it right and share it with others. Cheers!

  13. Thank You.. I am recently been diagnosed and my Dr says that changing my eating will help and keep me strong not to mention that I want to lose weight.. So since pizza is one of my favorite things this gives me hope. Thank You

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