I often get asked how to make cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza dough and if both taste good?
To be honest cauliflower rice and dough do not taste as good as the gluteny filled real things however, cauliflower as a replacement does make you feel so much better.
I would say the taste and texture is 7.5/10 but the feeling after eating cauliflower as a gluten free rice or dough substitute takes the overall rating to at least a 9/10 compared to the real thing.
I love pizza, fried rice and anything that has gluten in it so I can’t tell you it is the same taste but it definitely is worth it!
If you are trying to get a healthier diet together or be gluten free but still want to satisfy your pizza cravings then a cauliflower crust pizza is an absolute win!
Eating healthy doesn’t often taste as good and surprisingly cauliflower as a substitute is one of the better health substitutes out there without losing a ton of the taste.
Below you will find the recipe & tips on how to make sure you have a soggy crust as that will be the biggest issue you will have on the way to cooking the best cauliflower pizza crust possible.
How To Make A Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This is actually quite simple in theory. You blend up your cauliflower florets and dry the cauliflower rice thoroughly; then add egg, parmesan cheese, salt, olive oil and roll out or press into a pizza shape.
With that said… nothing is every that easy and there are some things you really need to do, which is why we have the tips and full recipe below. As mentioned drying the cauliflower is really the major hurdle and most important thing.
How To Make Crust that won’t fall apart
Making a cauliflower crust that isn’t soggy can be lots of trial and error. However, all of my errors hopefully can make it so you don’t have to have any!
Soggy crust is pretty much the only major issue with cauliflower pizza as it can be so difficult to make sure it does not end up just falling to pieces when you try to pick it up. So below are the best tips to have a strong cauliflower crust.
Make sure your blended up cauliflower is very dry
Make sure you dry this a lot as any added flour or water will wreak havoc on this. You absolutely need to wring it out with a cheesecloth or dishcloth.
Even after wringing it i still take paper towel and push down into the dough a bunch to get it as dry as possible.
You can even put it in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees to dry it out even more if you have the time.
Use Low Moisture Cheese
Use low moisture mozzarella cheese or aged cheese. Low moisture cheese is the best for pizza in general but especially so when making a cauliflower pizza so you don’t get a soggy crust.
Low moisture mozzarella is also great for your pizza toppings as it will give you that amazing stringy cheese pull vs. soggy cheese on the top.
You can even do a two-cheese pizza with Parmesan cheese, which is another very dry cheese that helps you have a great crust vs. a soggy crust.
Use A Pizza Stone
A pizza stone aids in absorbing moisture from pizza dough to help create a crispier crust.
Make a thin pizza crust
Unfortunately the only way to make a cauliflower pizza crust is to make sure it is nice and thin so it dries out when it is cooking.
If you try and get cute with a nice doughy crust it will never dry out and you will be stuck with a pizza crust that falls apart. So, thin and well done is the way to go vs. trying to get a pretty and thick crust.
Optional Use of Corn Flour
One way to make sure your pizza sticks together really well is to use corn flour. Of course, using corn flour is still gluten free but then you start to lose the purity of making a cauliflower pizza.
Using corn flour and even some corn starch will definitely help dry out your crust and keep it together better since corn flour is used for tortillas but you start to make a vegetable dough vs. cauliflower dough.
With that said, if you don’t care and if you have corn flour then go for it. We noted what to add below in the recipe as an option if you want to add in the corn flour and starch.
How To Make Cauliflower Rice To Make The Dough
Making cauliflower couscous or rice is surprisingly simple. For the full recipe on how to do it with extra tips and info you can click here.
However, you really just cut up cauliflower or break it into pieces, called florets, and then put them in a food processor or blender with multiple blades up the spine. A blender with just a bottom blade probably won’t do that well.
You can also use a box grater or cheese grater to get it to the couscous consistency you need to make the dough.
Is cauliflower pizza crust healthier than regular crust?
In general, yes. However, you do use egg, oil, salt and cheese in the crust so it still isn’t the perfect world of health. It is of course gluten free and keto friendly.
What Are The Best Toppings for a Cauliflower Pizza
The lesser toppings the better for cauliflower pizza as it typically isn’t a really firm crust like standard pizza. Unfortunately this isn’t the pizza to be making some huge meat lovers pizza.
You can do that of course, just be prepared to eat it with a fork and knife and not folding it up like a pizza in New York.
Keeping it simple is great like some basil, tomatoes for a great tasting margherita pizza. Or anything you love on your pizza works but just try and not make it too heavy or have the fork and knife ready.
How To Make Cauliflower Pizza Recipe
- 1 head of cauliflower medium sized
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Optional (to help dry out crust)
- 1/2 cup corn flour can add 1-2 tbsp of corn starch as well if you have it
- 1/2 cup low moisture mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- Your favorite pizza toppings light toppings best
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Create Cauliflower Rice/Couscous
- Break cauliflower into florets or cut into smaller chunks
- Put into food processor or multiple blade blender. Can also use a box grater to grate down into the couscous like consistency.
- Put cauliflower into cheesecloth or clean dish towel and wring the cauliflower as much as possible to get is as dry as possible. Do this multiple times.I even suggest afterward patting it down and lightly squeezing with paper towel to absorb even more moisture.
- If you have time you can even just put the cauliflower in the oven for 10-15 minutes to dry it out more.
- Take your very dry cauliflower and mix in egg, salt, oil, parmesan cheese and if you want to add into corn flour as well as starch.
- Mix together with your fingers like a standard pizza dough.
- If you have parchment paper you can use that on top of a baking sheet to bake the dough initially.If not, put dough onto a greased pizza stone or baking sheet and flatten with rolling pins or your hand to be quite flat around 1/4 inch thick dough. Get it to resemble a thin crust pizza as much as you can. Use corn flour to help prevent sticking.
- Bake the crust for 12-15 minutes. You want it over-cooked vs. undercooked.
- Let cool for for 5 minutes.
- Remove parchment paper if you used it. Then put dough onto greased baking sheet or pizza stone.
- Add your toppings. Pizza sauce first, then cheese, then your other toppings.
- Put back in oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, let cool, cut and serve. You may want to eat with a fork and a knife as you tinker with getting that firmer texture.