If the Paleo movement has a right to brag about any culinary achievement, that achievement has got to be the grain-free pizza. We’ve got vegetable crusts of various types. Protein-rich chicken “crusts.” Tapioca-flour crusts. Mini-pizzas in pepperoni “crusts.” Various other forms of grain-free delights. If “replacing pizza crust” were an art form, this probably would be the Renaissance.
Here’s one more for the list: the classic cauliflower crust. Just to get one thing out of the way: no, not everyone likes cauliflower. If you hate it, check out one of the other options above. But plenty of people do actually like cauliflower as a crust for their Paleo baking adventures, so here’s a recipe for them.
The cauliflower crust is a nice balance between taste re-creation and nutritional value. It’s vegetable-heavy, but it looks and tastes a little more “normal” than most other styles of vegetable crust.
To make this one easy, you can make use of a great new convenience food: pre-shredded cauliflower. Yep, it’s a thing; you can get it at Trader Joe’s and you might luck out with some other grocery stores, too, since the Trader Joe’s product got really popular really fast. Or go the old-fashioned way and food-process your own cauliflower into submission, and then load it down with whatever toppings you feel like and pizza night is on!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
Protein: 8g / %
Carbs: 114g / %
Fat: 8g / %
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup almond or tapioca flour
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pizza topping Ingredients (Pick your Favorites)
- Pizza sauce
- Grape tomatoes, sliced
- Almond cheese (optional)
- Fresh basil
- Any other toppings you like
- Preheat your oven to 400 F.
- Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until finely shredded (you may want to do this in different batches).
- Steam the shredded cauliflower for 3 to 4 minutes. Drain well, let cool, and strain any excess water using a towel.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower, eggs, oregano, dried basil, garlic powder, almond flour, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything thoroughly.
- Transfer to a pizza pan or baking sheet and shape into a pizza crust shape.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes.
- Spread pizza sauce on top of the crust. Add all your desired toppings and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until toppings are nicely cooked.