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.