Cauliflower pizza crusts have received a lot of recent attention — and for good reason. Not only are they a delicious option, they are packed with fiber and B-vitamins. It provides antioxidants and phytonutrients that can protect against cancer. It also contains fiber to enhance weight loss and digestion, choline that is essential for learning and memory, and many other important nutrients. Not only is it a healthier option, it tastes amazing, too. It is also oil-free, and it’s vegan!
Now you can’t compare this cauliflower pizza base with your traditional flour based pizza base, they are just so different in taste and texture. It is also not as heavy as wheat-based bases so it is a great option for anybody looking for a lighter and healthier alternative.
Ingredients For Cauliflower Crust Pizza
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA CRUST
1 medium-large head cauliflower
Flax eggs (10 g flaxseed meal + 4 Tbsp water)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1tsp dried oregano
1tsp dried basil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot starch)
1 Tbsp cornmeal
Sautéed vegetables (e.g. bell pepper, onion, mushroom)
Red chilli flakes
Instructions To make Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Preheat oven at 350 degree F
Take a medium sized cauliflower and wash the head of cauliflower, then chop into large chunks. Add the chunks to a food processor and pulse a few times until it forms a rice consistency. Set aside.
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Then add riced cauliflower. Cook for 5 minutes. Then drain in a fine mesh strainer. Let it cool for 5 minutes.
Transfer cauliflower rice to a clean cloth and ring out as much of the excess liquid as possible. This is a very important step, so be sure to ring it out until no more water will come out. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, prepare the flax egg and let rest 5 minutes. Then add cauliflower rice, sea salt, oregano, basil, garlic, and cornstarch.
Stir thoroughly until it is combined properly.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a little cornmeal or gluten-free flour to prevent the pizza from sticking when slicing.
Spread the dough into a pizza shape on the baking tray.
Bake at 180°C (350F) for about 25/30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Then remove from oven and carefully flip the crust. Do so by first loosening the crust from the bottom layer of parchment with a spatula and then laying another sheet of parchment paper on top of the crust. Then grab both sheets of parchment and gently flip. Arrange the crust back on the baking pan. Then cook the other side for 10 minutes.
Then take out of the oven and top it with tomato sauce, and the desired toppings Bake for another 10 or so minutes or until toppings are tender. Watch the edges of the crust, which can get brown before the toppings.
Enjoy hot with any additional garnishes, such as fresh basil, red chilli flakes.