The famous Cauliflower Crust Pizza taught me how crazy versatile/delicious cauliflower can be for baking. I now use it in many of my favorite recipes. This classic is a great starter recipe to begin incorporating cauliflower as a replacement for flour in recipes…also it is amazing, because who doesn’t love pizza? Delicious pizza that is healthy and sneaks vegetables into my diet? Yes please.
I made this for the first time about two months ago, back when I didn’t have a food processor. I LOVE the cheap food processor I have since purchased and I highly recommend having one, however, for those of you that don’t-a cheese grater works just fine. You can buy a cheap food processor for $20-30, but if you don’t have a good cheese grater and don’t want to spend more than $5, you can also purchase a nifty grater with a handle (pictured below) which is what I used the first time I made this and it wasn’t nearly as grueling a process as it looks.
Equipment you will need:
- Food processor OR cheese grater (preferably one with a handle)
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Parchment Paper (you may also grease the pan if you don’t have any)
- Pizza Pan (large-if you have a smaller pan, only use 2 c. grated cauliflower instead of a whole cauliflower, and reduce the rest of the crust ingredients by half)
- Whole Cauliflower (grated in food processor or finely using cheese grater)
- 1/2 c. Yogurt
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Paprika(optional)
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder (optional)
- Dash of Sea Salt
- 3/4 C. Marinara Sauce (whichever kind you prefer)
- 3/4 – 1 C. Mozzarella (or cheese of choice)
- Toppings of Choice
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: If you have a food processor: add cauliflower in florets into processor and blend. Addthe blended cauliflower to your mixing bowl. If you do not have a food processor: grate cauliflower into mixing bowl getting as much of the vegetable as possible (you won’t be able to get some of the root without risking grating your finger-that’s fine, leave it).
Step 3: Add eggs, yogurt, and spices to the bowl with the cauliflower. Fold with spatula until evenly combined.
Step 4: Shape mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Crust should be 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick for best results. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until lightly brown and firm enough to hold its shape.
Step 6: Remove crust from oven and add marinara sauce, cheese, and toppings. Place back in oven and cook for another 2-5 minutes (or until cheese is melted).
Below I’ve added some pictures of a few different ways I’ve played around with toppings….because pizza is just as versatile as cauliflower!