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She Squeezes Cauliflower Through A Cloth, Then Spreads It On Pan For Veggie Pizza Crust

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is a writer on the Original Content team. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

If you ask people what their favorite food is, I bet a good portion of them would say the same thing: pizza.

Honestly, what’s not to love about pizza? It’s cheesy, crispy, and delicious. Plus, it comes in so many flavors and styles! From deep dish to thin crust, pepperoni to mushrooms — almost everyone loves some sort of pizza.

As much as I may try to convince myself otherwise, pizza is, in fact, not very healthy. One easy way to make this incredible food a little healthier? Swap out the crust!

Instead of using a traditional flour-based crust, try using a cauliflower crust.

I know what you might be thinking: “Cauliflower? For pizza crust? You’re crazy!” And I don’t blame you — that’s what I thought at first too.

But when cauliflower is ground up and the water is drained, it can be a delicious substitute for starches like pasts, rice, and yes, even pizza crust.

Just by grinding up a head of cauliflower and combining it with a few simple ingredients, you can turn this vegetable into a tasty alternative for flour-based pizza crust!

Still skeptical? Just check out the recipe and video below — once you see how delicious it looks, you’ll be convinced to try it. Ready to test it out? Print out the recipe card below and make it at home!

Cook: 20 min
Prep: 40 min
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 head Cauliflower, chopped (5-6 cups)
  • 1 cup Grated parmesan
  • 12 tsp. Dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 12 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 12 cups Shredded low-moisture mozzarella
  • 12 cup Marinara sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pepperoni
  • Olive oil
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Add cauliflower to food processor, pulse until finely ground.
  • Pour cauliflower onto a kitchen towel or cheese cloth.
  • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the cauliflower.
  • Put cauliflower, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, black pepper, and egg to a bowl. Mix together.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Brush parchment paper generously with olive oil.
  • Spread cauliflower into 12-inch wide circle.
  • Bake cauliflower crust for 15-18 minutes, or until it is barely golden.
  • Put sauce, cheese, and pepperoni onto crust.
  • Put pizza back into oven for 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
For more in-depth instructions, follow along with the video below. If you love this clever vegetable pizza, please SHARE it with your friends!
Cauliflower Crust Pizza 40 minutes 20 minutes 60 minutes Serves 4 //www.littlethings.com/app/uploads/2017/03/recipe_card_CauliflowerCrustPizza-850x416.jpg Cauliflower, chopped (5-6 cups) Grated parmesan Dried Italian seasoning Garlic, minced Kosher salt Egg Shredded low-moisture mozzarella Marinara sauce Freshly ground black pepper Pepperoni Olive oil Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Add cauliflower to food processor, pulse until finely ground. Pour cauliflower onto a kitchen towel or cheese cloth. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible from the cauliflower. Put cauliflower, parmesan, Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, black pepper, and egg to a bowl. Mix together. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush parchment paper generously with olive oil. Spread cauliflower into 12-inch wide circle. Bake cauliflower crust for 15-18 minutes, or until it is barely golden. Put sauce, cheese, and pepperoni onto crust. Put pizza back into oven for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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