For so long now I have wanted to take a whack at making my own cauliflower crust pizza recipe. It has been all over my Pinterest account and so many of the options included cheese in the crust, but I as someone who has nearly cut out dairy entirely I wanted to come up with something a little more accommodating. I have used cauliflower as a substitute before (my cauliflower rice recipe is one of my favorites!) and putting this together was surprisingly quick and simple, and it came out delicious!
I know not everyone has parted ways with cheese and dairy completely, and I still added some feta to the top of my pizza for some added flavor, but I wanted to try and limit it and removing it from the crust was the best way to do that. Normally cauliflower crust includes both mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses that serve as the glue that holds the crust together, but I added some almond flour and olive oil as substitutes and it worked quite well! This crust was chewy and some parts did crumble but it tasted surprisingly similar to regular crust to me.
1 large cauliflower, blended in food processor
2 tablespoons almond meal
1 tablespoon flax meal
1 tablespoon olive oil (or eyeball it until the mixture becomes dough-like)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup pasta sauce
1/2 cup spinach
1 handful crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil.
- Chop cauliflower into bite size pieces and add them to your food processor. Pulse until it forms a “rice” and remove from the container, being careful not to cut yourself on the blade!
- Place cauliflower in a bowl and cover with paper towel. Microwave for 3-4 minutes, then wait until the cauliflower cools. Once it is cool to the touch, place the cooked cauliflower into a tea towel or piece of cheese cloth. Ring as much water out as you can.
- Place cauliflower back into the food processor and add egg, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Blend on medium and slowly pour olive oil into the food processor as you go. I didn’t end up needing a whole tablespoon before my mixture formed a doughy texture, so feel free to eye ball it!
- Press the dough into a circle on the parchment paper with a spoon, making it as thin or thick as you’d prefer. Put into the oven for 12 minutes to cook or until golden brown.
- Remove the crust and add desired toppings. For my pizza I added a handful of crumbled feta cheese, organic pasta sauce, fresh spinach and chopped broccoli. Other ideas are pesto and fig with feta cheese, white pizza with spinach and roasted garlic, or my favorite: classic Margarita pizza with fresh pesto.