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LOW-CARB THIN CRUST CAULIFLOWER PIZZA

« WeCare Blog | June 12, 2018 |
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Pizza

This amazing Thin Crust Cauliflower Pizza needs just five ingredients, and it’s low-carb, gluten-free, nut-free, keto and I promise you, does not even taste like cauliflower!

I’m sure some of you have attempted a cauliflower pizza before in hopes it would satisfy that carb loving craving. And I bet you’ve been disappointed. I’ve even been disappointed in recipes I’ve tried. All of them seemed to fail in the ability to be able to pick it up like a typical pizza.

I’m here today sharing my take on the cauliflower pizza that truly curbs that greasy pizza craving you so desire, and it does not even have a hint of cauliflower taste!

Doesn’t it look fabulous? All the makings of a really good pizza and it’s just 3 net carbs for 2 slices for this crust, and you can REALLY pick it up, for real!!!

When I’ve made cauliflower pizza in the past, most recipes always seem to include mozzarella cheese. I have these tasty Cheesy Cauliflower “Bread Sticks” that use mozzarella, but weren’t strong enough, in my opinion, to use as a pizza to add toppings other than cheese. So I decided a change in the cheese was in order. If you think about it, mozzarella is a moisture-rich cheese, and that is why any cauliflower pizzas that include it are never going to have that ability to pick up with your hands and eat it.

I decided a hard, dry cheese was needed to create that texture I so desired, that ability to truly eat this pizza with your hands, not a fork and knife. Parmesan cheese was my choice!

After it cooks if you want to firm it up even more before diving in, you can cut it and place the pizza slices on a wire rack which will help them not to get soggy on the baking pan.

Is it a perfect resemblance to a thin crust carb laden dough? No, of course not. But it is a pizza you don’t need to eat with a fork and knife. It is low-carb, ket,o and gluten-free and it does curb that craving. It passed the test with my picky children and hubby, and the teenager who hates anything cauliflower ate a piece.

 

Brenda’s Notes:

  • You can buy a small head of cauliflower to rice it yourself in a food processor. A small head is about 4 cups florets, once riced if you have more than 10 ounces in weight, do not include. Make sure to weigh out the 10 ounces on a scale. The raw cauliflower does not need to be precooked.
  • You could also just buy cauliflower rice in the frozen section. My frozen cauliflower rice was a perfect 10-ounce bag, which will be a time saver in the making of this pizza.
  • I recommend buying Parmesan and grating it yourself.
  • Nutrition info does not include the marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni; it’s for the crust alone.
  • My Quick Marinara sauce is fabulous for this pizza!
  • I used a 12-inch diameter round pizza pan.

 

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

COURSE

Main Dish             

CUISINE

Gluten-Free, Italian, Ketogenic, Low-Carb

PREP TIME

10 minutes

COOK TIME

30 minutes

TOTAL TIME

40 minutes

SERVINGS

4 servings (2 slices)

CALORIES

156 kcal per serving

 

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces cauliflower rice or 4 cups florets

  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 large egg 1/4 cup liquid

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Place cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until crumbly and rice like.

  3. Heat the cauliflower rice in a dry skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often to remove as much moisture as possible, about 10 minutes. Once it looks somewhat dry, add Parmesan cheese and seasonings.

  4. Continue to cook on medium heat until the Parmesan is melted.

  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the egg.

  6. Use parchment on a 12-inch round pizza pan and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and spread out the "dough" and flatten as best you can. Make the edges slightly higher to form a crust.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Add your favorite toppings and bake another 10 minutes. Cut into 8 large slices and serve!

 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is for the cauliflower crust only and does not include toppings.

Net Carbs for 2 slices = 3g

Recipe shared with permission by Brenda Bennett of Sugar-Free Mom.