Cauliflower Crusted Veggie Pizza
Friends! I LOVE pizza and over the years have tried many delicious crusts and combinations. My family and I have a celebration every Saturday called “Feast Night”. We make our own pizzas and it has been so fun trying to perfect my favorite pizza.
I believe that a good pizza crust is all based on the opinion of the person eating it. I decided to perfect a recipe using cauliflower for my own crust and I love it! This recipe does have dairy, so if you are needing a vegan crust recipe, you can check out this one here.
Keep in mind that cauliflower crusts are not fluffy sourdough bread type crusts. So if you are transitioning from Pappa’s pizza to cauliflower crust pizza, give some time to adjust. A good transition is Against the Grain Crusted pizzas and Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza.
If you are already on the cauliflower pizza crust train, I hope you enjoy this version!! Pizza is just too good to give up, just create a “real food” pizza that you enjoy!
Cauliflower Crusted Veggie Pizza
- 1 C Cauliflower Rice Can take 1 head and rice in food processor
- 1 C Almond Flour
- 1 TB Psyllium Husk
- 1 TB Olive Oil
- 1/2 C Raw Milk Cheddar Cheese Can use mozzarella or Parmesan
- 1 Egg
- 1 TB Minced Garlic Cloves Can use 1/2 tsp garlic powder instead
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Basil
- 1 TB Flax Seed Optional
- Veggie Topping Options: Pesto, arugula, bell peppers, artichokes, brussels, broccoli, tomatoes, red onion and avocado
Mix cauliflower, almond flour, psyllium husk, olive oil, cheese, egg and spices together with a fork until well blended.
Place mixture on parchment paper and use another piece of parchment paper on top to shape with hands (while in paper) into a ball.
Use a rolling pin and roll out mixture to desired crust shape. The rolling pin will be on top of the parchment paper, not on mixture. This will keep the crust from sticking to the pin and allow you to shape the crust.
Once crust is shaped, remove the top parchment paper and discard it. Place the bottom parchment paper with crust on a pan and bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees.
The crust should be browning. Once the crust is ready, you will remove the crust from the oven and place your desired toppings on top. (see notes below for perfectly browning both sides of the crust)
Bake your pizza until cheese is melted or your crust is to a texture you enjoy most at 400 degrees. (approx. 8 -10 mins) (See notes below for topping options)
Perfecting the texture of this crust: The bottom of your crust will brown first, so once you brown one side, take parchment paper and flit it over and place toppings on browed side of the crust. That way once your whole pizza is finished, you will have a crust that is browned on both sides. I like a firmer crust for my pizza. This also allows me to add lots of veggies without making the pizza crust softer.
Pizza Toppings: Consider sauce options, such as pesto, butter, olive oil or tomato sauce. Include fresh herbs and veggies that are seasonal. Can top with cheeses such as goat or feta or eliminate altogether. I like to top my pizza with Salt and crushed red pepper flakes and fresh avocado after it is cooked to replace cheese. You can top with a fresh slaw or salad! You can get so creative with your toppings!