Insanely Popular ‘Mystery Pizza’ Recipe’s Secret Is in Its Unexpectedly Delicious Crust

Julie Ryan Evans Yum!

cauliflower crust pizzaI have to admit I was a bit wary of cauliflower crust pizza. I've seen it floating all over the web, with people posting pictures of it on Pinterest and raving about it on Facebook, but I'm not a huge fan of the vegetable in general (shh, don't tell my kids), so I wasn't sure what to expect. Honestly though, it's delicious.

There's no flour in the crust at all, which means it's both gluten-free and low-carb, which is awesome. Plus, instead of nutritionally void plain white crust, this is packed with all the vitamins of cauliflower. As for the taste, I won't say it tastes just like regular pizza, but it is incredible in its own way, and people will be shocked when they find out the crust is made of cauliflower. I like this basic recipe from Epicurious, though I like to add more fresh garlic than they suggest. You can then top with the sauce and other fixings you like -- pepperoni and mushroom are my personal favorites.

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
 
1/2 LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
1 large egg
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or try another kind!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
Mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice

Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. You can use the food processor if you'd like, but you just want crumbles, not puree. You'll need a total of about 2 cups or so of cauliflower crumbles (which is about half a large head of cauliflower. Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes (see Tips below if you do not have a microwave). Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface).

In a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumbles (about 1 1/2 cups since they shrink after cooking) with the remaining crust ingredients.

Pat the "crust" into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.

Afterwards, just top the crust and broil for a minute to melt the cheese and heat the toppings/sauce.

 

Image via Deb Nystrom/Flickr

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