Many times we opt to buy our cauliflower pizza crust for a few reasons: it’s easy, fast and accessible. However, it can be a struggle to find a store bought crust that doesn't have added or hidden ingredients that aren't good for you or that don't follow certain lifestyle eating habits. Well I finally discovered a simple, fast and delicious way to make this crust and to satisfy my pizza craving at least once a week. So, here’s how to make my version of an easy cauliflower pizza crust.
By the way, in this recipe you don't have to drain or wring out the cauliflower, which for me was always the pain in the you know what. After doing some research I found that dehydrating the cauliflower was the best option to make it the consistency I was looking for. It works!! This recipe will make a 12" inch pie:
2 cups of grated cauliflower. If you have a food processor this will take about a quarter of your cauliflower. If you don't have one, than a good ol' box grater works just fine too.
1 cup asiago cheese
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
Like I said above the goal is to dehydrate the cauliflower so it doesn't get soggy during the baking process. Cook the cauliflower in a dry non stick pan on medium high heat for 10 mins and add the salt and 1 tsp of garlic powder. Save the other teaspoon for the egg mixture. The goal here is to flavor the cauliflower so it's not bland. Stir the cauliflower every couple of minutes and try to not keep it in a pile, spread out the cauliflower so that it all cooks evenly. You will notice that after about 6 mins of cooking the cauliflower will stop talking to you. That just means the steam is starting to dissipate. The color will start to turn golden brown, it's ok that's what you want. You won't get the cauliflower completely dry but it will be fluffy and separated. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Once the cauliflower is finished cooking let it cool down. For the egg mixture, this part is the real challenge! HAHAHA. Beat the egg then add the asiago cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, and crushed red pepper. Mix it all together and then add the cauliflower to it. Combined it all and create a ball. Trust me it will form together!
Place your "dough" in the center of your baking sheet with parchment paper and start pressing on the center as if you were forming a regular pizza pie. This crust is not meant to be thick so don't be afraid that it's getting too thin. The thickness of this crust is about 1/2" inch. Here's a tip, I use my thumb nail as a guide to gage the thickness of the crust. Once you've formed your crust into 12" inches diameter bake for 10-12 minutes in your oven. Don't forget that you will have to bake it again once you put your toppings on. Everyone's oven is different, so I suggest you play around with that timeframe of how you would like your crust. After it's done cooking take out of the oven, add your toppings and cook for another 10 mins. Let your pizza sit for a minute or two just to let it cool down. Then enjoy!!
The fun part about making your own crust is that you can add any toppings to it just like regular pizza. I have made a breakfast pizza, a cheeseburger pizza and a pesto pizza. Here's another tip, if you're adding sauce to the pizza I wouldn't go too heavy with it. The sauce will make the crust a little bit soggy, so I sometimes don't even add sauce at all to my pie.
I hope you try this recipe out and make this your go to for that pizza craving! If you make this pizza crust and post on social media, tag me so I can share your masterpiece @feroz_creatif.
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