When I was younger and somebody asked me what my favorite food was, I always said pizza. Either pizza or peanut butter. But mostly pizza.
Nowadays, I do still love it, but I rarely ever eat it. Besides the fact that I’m not really supposed to be eating greasy foods due to my digestive issues, it’s just plain not good for you and it’s one of those foods I cannot have just one slice of.
That’s why I’m sharing an alternative with you.
Believe me, I don’t think anything can completely replace the crispy, cheesy goodness of pizza. But for someone who can’t completely quench their craving, someone trying to lose weight, or someone who just really likes vegetables, this is a great alternative.
This was a lot easier than I had expected it to be. Fun fact: a couple years ago I attempted to make cauliflower crust pizza, and it went haywire. I accidentally used wax paper instead of parchment paper in the oven, the recipe just did not work, and I ended up at Chipotle.
This time, everything went smoothly, and it was delicious. Even my dad liked it and he knew it was cauliflower. Usually if I give him something to try that I’ve made, he enjoys it until I tell him the brownies he just ate were made from black beans. Then he gags.
Please excuse these photos… I kind of made this on a whim because I was craving pizza and happened to have cauliflower in the fridge. It tastes a lot better than these photos lead on.
Let’s get cooking.
- 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- Dried Italian seasoning
- Marinara sauce
- Shredded or buffalo mozzarella cheese
- Pickled artichoke hearts
- Jarred sun dried tomatoes in oil
- Fresh basil leaves
- Preheat the oven to 425.
- Add cauliflower to food processor and pulse until a rice texture forms.
- Put cauliflower mixture into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until soft.
- Remove and let cool.
- Add egg, seasoning and Parmesan cheese to cauliflower and fold together.
- Place mixture on a prepared pizza pan and flatten out forming a personal pizza crust.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges start to brown and crisp.
- Remove from the oven.
- Spoon marinara sauce onto crust and spread with spoon. Do not add too much or it will make the crust soggy!
- Add remaining toppings and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
- Share with friends as an appetizer or enjoy the whole pizza alone like I did. Yolo.
Have you ever made a different type of pizza crust? What’re your favorite type of pizza toppings?