Cauli-flower Power

Gluten, gluten, everywhere, but not a drop to eat. Is that how the saying goes? To anyone nixing gluten from their diet: you can still eat pizza! It just so happens that cauliflower serves as a perfect (gluten-free) substitute for pizza crust. It’ll have you asking for seconds…or thirds! Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable that packs a nutritional punch – it’s high in vitamin c, fibre and folate. Talk about a win-win! I love sneaking in healthy ingredients into traditional comfort food. Now, I can eat pizza and not feel as guilty about it. 

Cauliflower pizza

To me, pizza is both friend and foe. I love it, it’s delicious, but it doesn’t always agree with me. I’m always searching for healthier (read: nicer to my stomach) alternatives to my favourite dishes and was so excited when I came across this idea. Substituting in cauliflower instead of flour for pizza crust allows me to indulge in one of my favourite foods again! No gluten, no problem.

cauliflower pizza 2

I opted for margherita-style toppings but the possibilities are endless!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
For The Crust
  1. 2 ½ cups grated cauliflower (about ½ a large head)
  2. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  3. ¾ cup mozzarella, shredded
  4. 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  5. salt and freshly ground black pepper
For The Toppings
  1. ¼ cup homemade or store bought tomato sauce
  2. ¼ cup mozzarella, shredded
  3. 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  5. ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  6. ¼ cup basil leaves, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 425ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have two cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for seven to eight minutes, or until soft. Remove from the microwave and let cool.
  3. Mix in the egg, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden.
  4. Top the pizza with the sauce, 1/4 cup mozzarella, grape tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
Adapted from Paula Deen
Adapted from Paula Deen
Concoction Kitchen http://concoctionkitchen.com/

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