Well I finally succumbed.
The “cauliflower crust” trend was one that – until recently – I managed to resist. I mean……..really? Cauliflower? As a crust?
But as we’ve gone more and more gluten-free these days it was hard to deny the appeal (assuming this would actually work) of a GF base for my beloved pizza.
And when I came across a delish looking recipe on the fab Gimme Delicious blog, I decided it was time to try. Layla creates real-life recipes that are beautifully photographed, so if anyone was going to make this work it was her.
And it worked!
And OMG it couldn’t be any easier, too.
Simply process the cauliflower, quickly microwave and squeeze out the excess moisture. Add cheeses, an egg and some seasonings, pat into a crust shape and bake.
It was as good as it looked.
By no means was this a thick, doughy crust but rather more like a flatbread texture. Which, all told, was fine with me.
Needless to say this is infinitely adaptable, so feel free to experiment with different cheeses, spices, and of course toppings!
Have you jumped on the bandwagon yet? Any tips, trips or recipes you love? Share here!
lightly adapted from Gimme Delicious
1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
1/4 cup grated parmesan
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, basil and oregano
1 cup marinara sauce
chopped basil or parsley, for garnish (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees; line a baking sheet with lightly oiled aluminum foil.
Place the cauliflower in your food processor and process till finely chopped (you can also use the small hole side of a box grater). Transfer to a bowl and microwave for 4-5 minutes; let sit till cool enough to handle. Transfer to a clean dish towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Return to the bowl and add the egg, parmesan, 1/2 cup mozzarella, spices and salt and pepper. Stir to combine and pat the mixture onto your prepared baking sheet, into whatever crust shape you like.
Bake for 15 minutes or till golden brown. Turn the oven up to broil, remove the pan and top the pizza with the marinara and remaining mozzarella. Return to oven and broil till cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with chopped herbs (if using) and serve hot.
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver