I have a healthy and intense love for cauliflower.  So intense that I'll eat it plain, steamed, fried, roasted and heck yes, in the form of Pizza.  Pizza?  Hell yeah, Pizza!  I came across this cauliflower pizza crust craze about a year ago when I was searching the internet for healthy meals and gluten-free options.  It was about the same time I was learning about "food blogs" and deciding whether or not I should start my own.  I combed through blog after blog reading all different methods and recipes. What really knocked me off my seat was a picture of someone holding a cauliflower pizza crust exactly the way you would hold a regular slice of pizza.  Ok, so now I'm hooked.

    Not all cauliflower pizza crust recipes work well, and there are a few different methods that bloggers around the internet will use.  Some will cook or microwave the "cauliflower rice" and some do not.  What I have come to learn after trying a few different methods is that you can achieve a great crust so long as you address the issue of Moisture.  Cauliflower is full of moisture so you either have to cook and press the liquid out of the "rice" or add some sort of flour that will absorb the moisture while it pre-bakes in the oven.
These are the two recipes that I use and why:

Green Pizza with a Cauliflower Base by Green Kitchen Stories (The recipe can also be found in their book)

    -This recipe does not require you to cook the cauliflower first which is great.  It uses almond meal to soak up some of the moisture, but because of the almond meal the crust tends to be a little sweet.  What I like about this recipe is the lack of cheese (most other recipes include cheese, but lets face it, there are times when I don't have enough or forget to pick some up)  If you are going to use this recipe I have also discovered that you can use coconut flour in place of the almond meal because it is also good at soaking up moisture.  

The Secret To Perfect Cauliflower Pizza Crust by The Detoxinista


    -This recipe used to be the only one that explained how cooking and squeezing the moisture out of the cauliflower would result in a pizza crust you could actually pick up. The problem with this recipe is that she takes the time to cook the cauliflower when you can really just microwave it.  The reason why I like this recipe so much is because she uses goat cheese instead of mozzarella like most other recipes.  This really is my go-to crust recipe but like I said above, I don't always have goat cheese so it is great to have an alternative.  

    Nap time rolls around and it is finally time to do something great for myself.  I am the only one in our house that will eat cauliflower pizza so it is a treat I make just for me.  If I wind up eating more slices then I should, I don't beat myself up too much because it's mostly vegetables anyway, right?

    I know I have been using rosemary a lot lately, but my rosemary bush has been growing out of control.  It's amazing what a move across the backyard and a little manure will do.  Rosemary is just one of those plants that is very particular about where it wants to live.      

Cauliflower Pizza with Ricotta, Tomato and Peach

serves 2-4

1 head of cauliflower or 3-4 cups of cauliflower "rice"
3 eggs
3/4 cups of almond meal or coconut flour
1 tablespoon of dried oregano (I use Penzeys "Pizza Seasoning")

1 cup of ricotta cheese
3 small tomatoes, sliced

4 tablespoons of roasted peach preserves or one fresh peach, skinned and chopped
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 400°F.  In a food processor, pulse the cauliflower until it resembles rice and put it all into a large bowl.  Add the three eggs, almond meal, dried seasonings including salt and pepper to your liking.  Mix everything together, using your hands is best, until the mixture will stick together into one large ball.  If the mixture is still to moist add a bit more almond meal.  On a parchment lined baking sheet press out the cauliflower mixture with your hands to form the pizza crust.  Pre-bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the sides are slightly browned.  Take the pizza crust out of the oven and spread one cup of ricotta cheese over the whole crust.  Top with tomato slices and chopped peach preserves.  Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh rosemary and salt and pepper over the top and bake again for another 5-10 minutes. Take the pizza out of the oven and allow it to cool slightly and serve.
     

 


Comments

10/04/2013 7:35pm

Yay! Another cauliflower lover!!! My grandfather used to simmer cauliflower florets in tomato sauce and serve it over pasta. The flavor is really, really nice (you probably don' even need the pasta- just a fork!) It's easy too, you just throw it in the pot!
I'm glad you did a post on this because I've heard about this type of pizza base, but never tried it. I love the fact that you give us 2 options... now I don't have to research! And with photos like yours, I'd just make your recipe anyway ;)
PS- so jealous you have napping children!!!

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10/04/2013 7:55pm

Ooooo...cauliflower in tomato sauce does sound wonderful...I know what I am doing next spaghetti night ;) Today was a lucky day with the naps...my oldest is definitely growing out of them so I am treasuring every day I still get.

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10/04/2013 7:42pm

Yes, so excited to try cauliflower pizza! I've been seeing it time and time again and I think it's finally time to actually make the darn thing. Love the addition of peach... I guess you need to start using those 824 jars of canned goodness you have stashed away :)

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10/04/2013 7:53pm

Dam right I have to start using it...and the problem is that when I make anything there is always a little bit left that doesn't fit into jars so it goes in the fridge...I didn't know if peaches would work but in fact they work really well.

Definitely try the cauliflower pizza Chris, I would love to see your take on it :)

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I have made cauliflower crust several times. I've even blogged my own version but the honest truth is that is generally comes out more like a casserole than a pizza. A savory, flavorful, pizza like casserole but still a casserole. I am intrigued by the recipe that uses almond flour. I have a bunch of coconut flour that I haven't found many uses for. I would like to give that version a try soon. Thanks for sharing both recipes and your pizza makes my mouth water I can't believe you are the only one who eats it! Their loss :)

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10/04/2013 8:01pm

This is definitely a meal I won't complain about my family not eating...the more for me the better!!! The recipe that uses the almond meal is definitely a good one you should give it a try :)

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10/05/2013 4:50pm

Absolutely love this! And I'm so encouraged by the fact that the crust is actually not complicated (not saying that I'll have as much success as you did with it ;-) but just thrilled that it seems pretty straightforward, you know?) -- I too have a great affection for the white cruciferous veggie and I must try this crust!! Your toppings are positively dreamy... peach, ricotta, rosemary... oh my.

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10/06/2013 1:50am

Yeah I know what you mean Kelly, the crust is pretty easy...probably more so then traditional pizza dough that you have to let rise and knead...and so much healthier. When you are forming the crust it never seems as though it will hold together but somehow it does...I am amazed every time...and I really love the way it tastes.

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10/06/2013 6:30pm

I have seen several recipes for cauliflower-based pizza, but this one looks so craving, it looks delicious! Such beautiful photos

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10/06/2013 8:09pm

Thanks Azu!

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Lucia
10/09/2013 3:02pm

This looks divine, just what I need when too tired to cook. Do you think the dough will hold up well to freezing?

Thanks!

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10/09/2013 4:28pm

Hi Lucia, I'm not exactly sure if you can freeze the "dough" for this crust. I'm not sure that eggs freeze well but cauliflower on its own freezes just fine.

I actually froze some of the cauliflower rice because I got a head of cauliflower that was HUGE. I figured since I already riced the cauliflower it should be easy enough to defrost it and add the rest of the ingredients.

Hope this helps!

-Sandra

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10/22/2013 2:51am

Just made your cauliflower pizza crust this afternoon Sandra!! OMG, so excited about this recipe -- it turned out even better than I expected. With any luck I'll have it up on my blog this week with love back to you ;-). Thanks so much for the delightful recipe! I'll be using this one again and again -- updating my Recipe Wish List on my site right now :O).

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10/22/2013 7:03pm

Hey Kelly. I'm so glad it worked out great for you. When I first saw this idea I was crazy about it too! I would really love to find out who was the original person who came up with it. I don't know why but cauliflower pizza crust is just so much more fun then regular dough.

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