Pizza. There’s just no getting rid of that darn pizza monkey on our backs. Although we’d certainly love to eat pizza every other night, it’s just not realistic.
We try to keep our real pizza consumption to the bare minimum. Thus, we’re left to get creative about how to eat those yummy pizza flavors without actually eating pizza.
So, without further ado – Pepperoni Cauliflower Pizza. But not just any cauliflower pizza – The best cauliflower pizza recipe EVER!
Even though this whole concept of cauliflower pizza is all over the internet at the moment, I was first introduced to it by my sister. She read about it in Professor Tim Noakes’ cookbook called Real Meal Revolution. When she first read about it, we were so excited to try it, that we jumped in the car, drove to the mall and bought a food processor. Boy, was that a great decision.
The first time we made it though, we didn’t exactly jump for joy. We tweaked the recipe a little, remade it and then we liked it. I did some more tweaking, remade it again and then loved it a LOT.
Cauliflower is without a doubt my current favorite vegetable. The possibilities are just endless – like making mash “potatoes” that tastes like the real deal (Cottage Pie with Cauliflower Mash) or a bechamel sauce (Very Veggie Lasagne with Cauliflower Bechamel). Now, a pizza!
How to make a cauliflower pizza crust?
If you live under a rock and somehow haven’t heard of this amazing discovery yet, let me explain.
- Take a head of cauliflower
- Chop it up
- Mix some stuff with it
- Bake it
- Voilá – a pizza base!
How amazing is that?! You can also easily make this cauliflower pizza recipe without cheese for a whole 30, paleo-friendly version. It will still taste pretty darn good.
Toppings for cauliflower pizza:
So, then: add some pizza sauce, Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and a sprinkle of oregano and you have successfully disguised vegetables into a pretty darn convincing pizza. #Respect!
Feel free to let your imagination take lead though and experiment with any and all toppings. Take inspiration from the menu of your favorite pizza joint if you have to!
So, now the big question: Is cauliflower pizza healthy?
The answer will mostly depend on your choice of toppings. If you do you do your toppings in moderation, the answer is most likely yes. Since the crust is low-calorie, and jam-packed with all those great cauliflower nutrients, it’s definitely a win-win.
If you’re craving more cauliflower transformations, check out these yum recipes:
- Chicken Fried Cauliflower Rice with Homemade White Sauce
- Cauliflower Gnocchi with Bacon Cream Sauce
- Easy Cauliflower Paella
- Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
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How to make Cauliflower Pizza – Instruction Video
Easy Cauliflower Pizza Recipe and Calories:
Pepperoni Cauliflower Pizza
For The Crust:
- 700g/25oz cauliflower florets
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 12 pepperoni slices
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Cut the cauliflower head into smaller pieces. Blend the pieces into a fine "snow". It should make about 3.5 to 4 cups of snow.
- Put the cauliflower snow into a microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. Let it cool down.
- Dump the cooked cauliflower onto a clean tea-towel or cheese cloth and squeeze all the liquid out. This is a very important step. You need to squeeze out as much liquid as you can.
- Put the cauliflower back into a bowl. Add the egg, parmesan, salt, oregano and mix until it becomes a little ball of "dough".
- Press the "dough" out into a thin circle [1/4"/0.5cm] on non-stick baking paper on a oven tray.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.
- Remove, add toppings and slide under the broiler for 2-3 minutes or until everything is melted and bubbly.