Gluten-Free Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust
My diet is nearly grain free, but sometimes I crack and find myself driving straight to a nearby pizza join and ordering the finest gluten-free pizza they have. I just love pizza and can’t seem to shake it. But you know what? I've fallen for the new kid on the block.
Let me introduce you to the Cauliflower Crust Pizza.
It's won me over with its taste, its nutritional value, and the way it makes me feel all smug when I take it out of the oven. Here's how you can make it.
Pizza Base Ingredients:
Makes one 10-12 inch pizza.
- 1 small or medium-sized head of cauliflower; should be approx 2 to 3 cups once processed
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh basil (can add other herbs too)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 1/3 cup shredded cheese (I use a pizza combo of parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese etc)
- 1 egg
- 2-3 tablespoon almond meal
As much tomato pizza topping sauce, cheese for topping, and other delicious veggies and meats as you desire. You can adjust your toppings to match your dietary needs.
Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius (450 Fahrenheit). I cook the pizza base on a piece of baking paper on top of a wire rack as it helps cook both sides, but a pizza tray should work just as well.
Cut up your washed cauliflower florets (don’t use too much stem) and pulse in your Vitamix or food processor for approximately 20-30 seconds until it's powdery and almost smooth.
Cook the cauliflower in a pot of boiling water, stirring constantly for approximately 5 minutes.
Once cooked, place cauliflower onto a clean tea towel, then squeeze until you remove as much water as possible. This step ensures you get a yummy pizza list base that holds together, rather than a crumply mess that falls to bits.
Once all the liquid has been removed from the cauliflower, remove it from the tea towel into a bowl. Add the remaining pizza base ingredients into the bowl and mix away. Using your hands generally works best to form it into a dough; you want your "dough" to be sticky.
Form dough into a round crust and bake for for 8 - 11 minutes, until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.
Now it’s time to build the rest of the pizza! Add however much sauce, cheese, and toppings you want. Place it back into the oven and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes until the cheese is melted, bubbly, and slightly golden.
Allow pizza to cool for at least 2 minutes before you slide it onto a chopping board. Keep your slices reasonably small so they hold together nicely.
Enjoy your delicious grain-free cauliflower crust pizza!
Lee Sutherland is the Director of Fitness In The City (Personal Training, Health Coach and Blogger on all things health, natural medicine, nutrition and fitness). She's a lover of clean eating (paleo with a dash of raw food), yoga, strength training and, of course, her pup Frankie.
Follow her for more great health tips, recipes and motivation!