Over the past few months, I’ve seen many variations on recipes for cauliflower crust pizzas—that is, pizza crust made from cauliflower! At first, I thought it sounded blah. Cauliflower is a pretty boring vegetable; I couldn’t imagine it making a yummy crust. But after a while, it stuck in my brain and I realized I couldn’t knock it till I tried it. Plus, I couldn’t resist the idea of a totally grain-free, gluten-free pizza. How 2012! 🙂
Turns out the crust is not JUST cauliflower: it’s mixed with shredded mozzarella, egg, and spices. I’m sure you could make a vegan version very easily, too! In fact, it’s something I’m definitely going to try—just replace the cheese with Daiya and the egg with chia egg replacer. For a delicious sauce/spread, you could even try my vegan cashew cheese! YUM. That’s next on the list! 😉
For my very first attempt, though, I stuck with a blend of recipes I found online (Pinterest and other food blogs, mostly). You make the crust first, then top it with your, er, toppings, and finally broil it. So your veggies (and meat, if you’re including it) have to be cooked beforehand, which is why I decided to go with balsamic glazed onions and peppers. Plus more shredded mozzarella 😉
I basically loaded up the crust super-duper heavy, and we ended up eating the pizza with forks. But I’m a Chicago girl by birth, and deep-dish pizza is in my blood. So, what can I say? 😉 In the future, though, I’d like to try a “lighter” pizza. In fact, the crust alone would be just great!
As with any pizza, there are a gazillion ways you can customize this with various toppings and cheeses (or cheezes). If you try it, I’d love to hear what you did! And as soon as I make a vegan version, I’ll be sure to post some pics of that, as well.
I apologize for the lighting in the photos, but sometimes you just have to work with what’s available 🙂
Recipe for the crust is listed first below… Balsamic Glazed Onions & Peppers is after that. Enjoy!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza (Grain-Free, Gluten-Free)
- 1/2 medium head cauliflower
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. dried or fresh oregano
- 1 tsp. dried or fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 400F.
- Chop cauliflower into chunks. In a blender or food processor, pulse the cauliflower until “riced” or very small pieces. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a cheese grater.
- Sautee the cauliflower in a tiny bit of olive oil in a large skillet for 6–8 minutes or until translucent.
- Transfer the cauliflower to a medium bowl. Mix in all the other ingredients and stir well.
- Spread the mixture on a parchment-lined cookie sheet or a pizza stone if you have one. Form into a circle if you’re feeling traditional 🙂
- Bake at 400F for 25–30 minutes until golden.
- Remove from the oven and add your toppings.
- Broil for 5 minutes.
- Cool 2–3 minutes, then cut and serve immediately. Enjoy!
These balsamic glazed onions and peppers are simply superb as a pizza topping! They’re super-easy to make but they taste expensive, if you know what I mean 🙂
Balsamic Glazed Onions & Peppers
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion
- 1 large orange bell pepper
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- Slice the onion and pepper into thin strips.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil.
- Add the onion and pepper strips and sautee until soft, about 7 minutes.
- Add the water, balsamic, and sugar and stir gently.
- Cover partially and simmer 30 minutes.
- Uncover, and simmer 15 more minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
- Add to your pizza… or to salads, sandwiches, burgers… Enjoy!
Adjust the recipe as necessary for your needs and tastes. You can determine the nutritional content of your final product using Recipe Calculator.
Have you ever made a cauliflower crust pizza?
Do you have a favorite pizza topping?