Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Move over kale, adios Brussels sprouts, cauliflower is the new ‘it’ vegetable. I’ve had cauliflower prepared in many ways, from cauliflower fried ‘rice’ to sweet and sour cauliflower nuggets. They were all surprisingly good but nothing can beat the incredible cauliflower crust pizza.
The crust holds up with a variety of different toppings. You can even fold the crust just like traditional pizza and only about 300 calories for half the pie!
There have been many versions of this recipe posted on the internet but my daughter Lindsay, and I, created our own variation of this yummy pie during her holiday break from work. I know you will love our savory adaptation of this pizza.
2 1/2 cups cauliflower, grated (about 1/2 a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped olives
1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cups tomato sauce
1/4 – 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (not salt)
1/4 tsp. fresh pressed or crushed garlic
1/3 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Grate the cauliflower using the large holes of a box grater until you have 21/2 cups of cauliflower crumbles.¹ Place in a large bowl and microwave on high for eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool slightly.
Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Spray generously with nonstick spray. Whisk the egg into the bowl of cooled grated cauliflower and mix in one cup mozzarella, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a thin 10-inch round on the prepared pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, olives, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
The crust is also great for making quesadillas.
Cauliflower is a high fiber, low calorie food and a good source of vitamin C. It also has the benefits of vitamin K, folate, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.
I’m so grateful for the precious moments Lindsay and I spent cooking, laughing, working out and watching videos together this past month. We even got the chance to get out our dancing shoes and take a tap dancing workshop together. We were a little rusty but it sure was fun!
Wishing you blessings of gratitude for sweet moments and the simple pleasures of life.
“Let us come to Him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him.”
~ Psalm 95: 2 (NLT)
- You can grate the cauliflower in a food processor or for your convenience, Trader Joes usually offers ‘riced’ cauliflower in their fresh or frozen section. If you decide to use either of these two preparations, you may need to squeeze out any excess liquid from the ‘riced’ cauliflower.