This Gluten-Free Pizza Tastes Like the Real Deal: Savory Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Yes, this pizza is made with a cauliflower pizza crust. Yes, it's as delicious as it looks — and completely gluten-free.


When I was told I had a gluten sensitivity, I almost cried at the notion of never eating my favorite foods again (pizza! pasta! cookies!). OK, that's really dramatic (I know, cue eye roll), but some of the best foods in the world are made with gluten. So in an effort to enjoy my favorite meals, I decided to try to make their gluten-free variations. 

This cauliflower pizza crust is incredibly delicious, and only requires a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and cabinet. The most time-consuming part was "ricing" the head of cauliflower with a cheese grater. You could also cut the cauliflower into flourets and pulse with a food processor for faster results.

 

Gluten-Free Pizza: Savory Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 

Just make sure you have a cheese cloth, or a really thin tea towel on hand. You will need to squeeze out the extra moisture from the cauliflower really really well. Otherwise, you'll be left with a mushy crust (no good). You'll also need parchment paper to bake the crust on. Trust me, it WILL stick to a baking sheet, even if the baking sheet is sprayed with cooking spray. 

After I made the crust, I topped this pizza with some of my favorite healthy ingredients: turkey pepperoni, low-fat mozzarella, green peppers, onions and cherry tomatoes. The result was an incredubly delicious pizza I enjoyed for dinner and for lunch the next day. I hate to admit it, but it was even better than some of the authentic New York slices I get here in the city! 

 

Gluten-Free Pizza: Savory Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 

You can use any pizza toppings you went. I went with the standard marinara sauce, mozzarella and veggies, which I listed below in the ingredients. But feel free to experiment with whatever you'd like! This pizza crust would taste really good with a pesto sauce and fresh basil and tomato. 

Ingredients
  • For the Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (6-7 inches wide)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite dry Italian seasoning (basil, oregano, etc.)
  • 1 dash of sea salt
  • 1 dash of ground black pepper
  • For the Rest of the Pizza:
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 10-15 slices of turkey pepperoni
  • 1/4 green pepper, diced
  • 1/5 red onion, diced
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. After rinsing your cauliflower head and removing the outer leaves, "rice" your cauliflower. Over a large bowl, grate your head of cauliflower with the fine part of a cheese grater. You'll be left with what looks like a fine rice-like texture (some larger pieces are OK, but not too many). 

If you have a food processor, cut the cauliflower into florets, and place in a food processor. Process until it has a "rice" texture. Avoid over-processing, which will create a mushy texture. 

Transfer cauliflower "rice" into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave uncovered for 6-8 minutes. Check halfway through and stir, if necessary. Be careful, the bowl and cauliflower will be really hot! 

Once cooled, transfer to a bowl lined with a cheese cloth. Hold the four corners of the cheesecloth with one hand, and squeeze with the other hand. Squeeze a few times to make sure almost all of the moisture is out.

You'll be left with a pretty dry cauliflower mash. Transfer to another bowl and add the egg, parmesan cheese, garlic, and seasonings. 

On the lined baking sheet, flatten the cauliflower crust until it looks like a thin pizza crust. I made mine into a large rectangle shape (well, more like an oval, but I tried). Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. 

Pull pizza out of the oven, and add your favorite toppings. Put back in the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted and is starting to turn a golden brown (about another 10-12 minutes). 

Wait for the pizza to cool after you take it out of the oven about 5 minutes before you cut into it.

 

Gluten-Free Pizza: Savory Cauliflower Pizza Crust

 

Top with your favorite add-ons (mine are red pepper flakes, basil flakes, Frank's Hot Sauce and grated Parmesan cheese), and enjoy! 

Makes: 1 pizza, about 6-8 slices. 

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