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4.87 from 15 votes

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

A healthy low carb pizza crust made with riced cauliflower and baked until golden brown! We love this pizza crust topped with sauce and cheese, but load it up any way you'd like it.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 76kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower medium, riced (about 8 cups riced cauliflower)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • olive oil for skillet (use generously)

Topping Suggestions

  • pizza sauce or pesto
  • mozzarella cheese
  • veggies peppers, olives, onions or mushrooms
  • pineapple just do it!
  • pepperoni, sausage or salami

Instructions

  • Rice cauliflower by taking florets, and adding them to a food processor bowl. I do this in batches, so my food processor isn't overfilled. Process until the cauliflower is broken into rice-grain sized pieces.
  • Add riced cauliflower (about 8 cups) to a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes, until the cauliflower is hot all the way through.
  • Allow to cool, and then pour the cauliflower into a large, clean dish towel. Pull the edges of the towel together, and squeeze the cauliflower to drain out excess liquid. Twist the towel and squeeze until you've removed about 1 cup of liquid or more.
  • Add the cauliflower to a dry bowl, and then add the eggs, almond flour, cheese, salt and Italian seasoning. Mix well to combine into a dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 425º F.
  • Put a 9 inch cast iron skillet on the stove, and heat over medium-high heat. Generously coat with olive oil.
  • Pour the cauliflower into the pan, and use a metal flat-bottomed measuring cup to press into the pan, forming a high, thick crust around the edges of the pan.
  • Allow the crust to begin cooking on the stove top for about 8 minutes. While the crust is browning, I use a silicone spatula to gently separate the edge of the crust from the sides of the pan, so the crust stands about 1/2 inch inside the pan on it's own. This will help is come out of the pan in neater slices after it's baked.
  • Add the cast iron skillet to the oven, and continue to bake the crust for 20-25 minutes, until the crust has browned and firmed. If you like your crusts to have a crunch to them, allow the crust to brown a few extra minutes.
  • Remove the crust from the oven (but leave the oven on!), and top your pizza. Add sauce, cheese, and any toppings you desire.
  • Return the skillet to the oven and bake for an additional 10-14 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Cut into slices, and gently loosen the slices from the edge and bottom of the pan. The first slice is a bit tricky to remove, but the others come out pretty cleanly.

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Notes

*To bake this crust on a baking sheet, instead of a cast iron pan:
  1. Prepare the dough as instructed.
  2. Instead of pressing the dough into a cast iron pan, line a baking sheet or pizza tray with parchment paper.
  3. Dump the dough onto the parchment paper, and then use slightly wet hands to press the dough into a round shape. The thinner it is, the more crisp it will get, but also the easier it will break. I find about a 9 inch pizza works well.
  4. Bake the pizza crust for about 30 minutes, until the crust is firm and has begun to brown.
  5. Top as desired, and bake an additional 10-14 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 230mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 90IU | Vitamin C: 34.7mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 0.8mg