Homemade pizza and I have an uncomfortable past. It’s not the cheese, the sauce, or the toppings…it’s the whole “dough making” piece. Like a few boyfriends of days gone by, pizza has sent me to the bathroom crying more than a few times.
But then I met a new love. Cauliflower pizza. And we are so happy. We don’t fight, there’s no tears, and we really enjoy each other’s company. If you’ve never met a cauliflower crust, let me introduce you. To make, you just process the cauliflower into rice, mix it with a few ingredients, and roll it out. It’s really as simple as that!
Why do I love Cauliflower crust?
- It’s low carb, but high fiber. So if you love your pizza but not the carbs, this crust is grain-free and full of fiber.
- It’s gluten free. If you haven’t had pizza in a while because of a gluten issue, problem solved.
- It’s light. If pizza normally leaves you feeling like you overindulged, you’ll love how you feel after a few slices of cauliflower pizza.
- It’s healthy. Did I mention it’s made from cauliflower?
- So easy to make. No more fighting with the dough, worrying if it’s too thick, or biting into a raw center.
Still not convinced? Well the best reason is the taste. It’s flavorful and pizza-like with just an essence of cauliflower. It gets gobbled down in my house pretty quickly, if that says anything. I topped my pizza with some sauteed dandelion greens and a little mozzarella cheese. It was perfect!
Wanna make it? Here’s how:
Cauliflower Pizza with Greens
- 1 small head cauliflower cut into florets
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 bunch dandelion greens chopped
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
For Tomato Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 garlic cloves peeled
- 4 roma tomatoes
- Few sprigs of basil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 5-6 sun dried tomatoes
- Preheat to 450 degrees F.
- Saute dandelion greens in oil until wilted and soft. Set aside.
- In Vitamix or blender, add tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, salt, sun dried tomatoes. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
- Cut small head of cauliflower into florets and place in a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower looks like rice. Transfer to bowl.
- Place bowl in microwave, cover and cook for 4 minutes.
- Lay a dish clean towel on counter. Remove cauliflower from microwave and place cauliflower into the dish towel, let it cool for a few minutes and then, using your hands, wring out as much liquid as possible.
- Place drained cauliflower back into mixing bowl and add cheese, dried herbs, egg, almond flour and salt. Mix to combine.
- Roll cauliflower into a large ball of dough, and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Place a piece of wax paper (or another piece of parchment paper) on top and using your hands smash cauli-dough into a pizza shape (you can also use a rolling pin).
- Remove top layer of wax paper and transfer bottom sheet with pizza crust onto a pizza stone or baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Then remove from oven and top with sauce, greens and cheese. Put back in oven for 5 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan and red pepper flakes.