Never ever did I think that I would be eating cauliflower pizza let alone writing a blog post about it! So why what and how? Let’s go there for just a while shall we, humor me please 🙂
I have seen this cauliflower pizza doing the rounds on social media for a very long time but it’s not something that I cared much about honestly. After all I am a pasta main meal, roast carving, cheesecake mom! I’m not big on following trends but I am very big on listening up when my children speak and speak she did about cauliflower pizza, my goodness!
After months of hearing about it and seeing it everywhere I decided to give it a try, how hard can it be right? Well I hated it at first, it was crummy, falling apart, and I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to eat cauliflower as a pizza. I made it a couple of times after that but wasn’t convinced. Recently when my husband was away I thought it was the perfect time to make this cauliflower pizza. Simply because I didn’t have anyone around to give me the eye of oh no another vegetable in the shape of a pizza kind of look so I went for it.
HOW TO MAKE CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
With sufficient ammunition under my belt I was now ready. I knew that the crust was not going to work unless I had 2 cauliflower heads because our cauliflowers in South Africa are small and I think everywhere else in the world they are large, not sure. I didn’t have 2 cauliflower heads though in the fridge, I had one. Its not like I grow them in my backyard and if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I’m all about ‘work with what you have’ so I was not running around for a another cauliflower!
On my kitchen counter I have jars of stuff just so that I can come up with last minute fixes for cauliflower 🙂 I knew that the tried and tested method was going to fall apart so I had to find something else.
HEALTHY PIZZA CRUST
If you’ve exhausted all reasons as to why you should make a cauliflower pizza crust then do it only because it is so much healthier! It really is a healthier alternative to your traditional pizza. Even though it’s lighter it makes you fuller for longer, can be frozen and this particular one tasted divine! And yes I will make it again but with this recipe!
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
If you have never made cauliflower crust then do yourself a favor and give it a try this recipe because honestly it is quick and tastes good and the best part? It works! 🙂
- gluten free
- low carb
- high in fiber
- fresh ingredients
The minute you think pizza the first thing you need to decide is what toppings you’re going to have right? Whether it’s take-out or homemade and in this case we are seriously talking about homemade, stay with me here.
On those toppings you need a base and even though there are many alternatives when its come to the sauce, tomato is still the most popular. Making your own sauce is you being your best kitchen Goddess self because like basil pesto and chickpea hummus you have a jar of gold in your kitchen. Tomato sauce can be used on so many foods!
- Once the pizza crust has baked for the first 15 minutes you will take it out and gently turn it over to bake on the other side for just 5 minutes. I prefer to return it to the oven for 5 minutes or even less because once the cheese is on, return it for the last few minutes on grill to get the cheese melted.
- You don’t want to over bake the pizza crust so its best to bake it for less time and grill it with the toppings like cheese and tomato on. So even if you bake for the full 15 minutes (taking out halfway through and gently turning it around) then use the last few minutes to grill the toppings.
- I have a recipe for the homemade tomato sauce. It’s quick and its easy so you can click here for it.
If you try this Cauliflower Pizza Crust please leave a comment below letting me know how it goes. Also, if you take any pictures of your creation and share it on Instagram, please make sure to tag me @anosmickitchen and use the hashtag #anosmickitchen so that I don’t miss your post. Enjoy!
I am even more excited about this recipe because the quinoa and the oats give it a crusty crunchy taste and as an anosmic I am all about that texture! Vibrant colors and rough edges 🙂 So if you are reading this and are an anosmic or know someone that is, please get in touch, leave a comment, follow on social media, share with family and friends and let me know what recipes you would like to see more of. Thank you xoxo
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Vegan Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 1 head cauliflower
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup mozzarella/white cheddar
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt and a sprinkle of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- Cut the cauliflower florets off the stem, wash, drain and place them in a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower becomes like little rice.
- Place the cauliflower rice in a large microwave bowl and microwave with the lid on for 5 to 8 minutes or until the cauliflower rice has steamed. Microwave, stop, stir, and microwave again.
- Pour the cauliflower rice onto a couple layers of cheesecloth or a clean kitchen towel and allow it to cool down (it will be very hot so be careful!)
- Meanwhile line a baking tray with parchment/baking paper and heat the oven to 190/220 degrees.
- Once the cauliflower has cooled down tighten the cloth and squeeze as much liquid as you can from the cloth/cauliflower.
- Pour the dry and cooled cauliflower rice into a bowl.Add the quinoa, oats, egg, cheese, salt, black pepper, herbs and mix well until combined with the cauliflower rice.
- Using your hands form a ball with the cauliflower and spread it out onto the prepared tray. Press it out as thin or as thick - large or small as you want it.
- Transfer the crust to the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Take out the tray and carefully flip the crust over to bake on the other side for 5 minutes.
- Once the crust is baked to your liking, spread tomato sauce over the pizza with cheese and return to the oven to grill to 2 minutes. Top it with great toppings of your choice.
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