Did you know October was National Pizza Month? If it were possible my family would celebrate Pizza all year. It’s one of our favorite things, especially if we make our own. That is quite a process, I make the dough and give everyone a ball that they roll out into their favorite shape and provide all of the toppings. It’s such fun!
There are some of our friends that can’t have the gluten (they range from celiac disease to a sensitivity) and I want everyone to feel included so I provide an alternative for them. I’ve always heard of the cauliflower crust but I’ve never tried to make it. It’s a great alternative to pizza crust, a way to eat more veggies and very diet friendly. When Sunday Supper opened an event to celebrate pizza month I saw my opportunity.
I chatted with someone who makes a cauliflower crust and raves about it. Armed with her recipe and instructions I set out on this mission. The first step was a bit off as I had way more cauliflower than her recipe called for. I used a large head and wound up with 4 cups of the finely ground stuff – no matter, I’ll adjust for that and add more of the eggs and cheese. Then I felt the mozzarella cheese called for was a bit bland. I had gruyere in the fridge and that worked beautifully with parmesan to give the crust some flavor and body. Lastly I added garlic and Italian seasoning for a flavor boost. It worked beautifully.
When we make pizza I make my own sauce and have listed it as part of the recipe. Feel free to substitute your favorite pre made sauce for convenience but I guarantee you once you make this you will never go back. Our family is divided on toppings – I like plain Margarita (that you will find the recipe for here) with a few of Franny’s Pickled Peppers scattered over the top. Steve likes Meat – lots of it. The good thing about pizza is that everyone can make this to their own taste.
Steve and I had this for dinner one beautiful fall evening and it was good. Since it made two pizzas I had part of the second for lunch the next day, then the leftovers the next. They turned out just as good as the original.
So what’s the verdict on the Cauliflower crust? It’s a great alternative to regular pizza, good for the diet but it’s not the same. Don’t get me wrong – it’s really wonderful but it has a different texture and feel than pizza crust. To me this is a dish all it’s own – it will never take the place of the real thing but a great variation.
- 1 Large head cauliflower, chopped
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup shredded Gruyere Cheese
- ½ Cup freshly grated Parmesan
- ½ Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 28 oz Can of San Marzano Tomatoes, Undrained
- 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 Cup of Pizza Sauce + more if desired
- 1 8 oz ball of Mozzarella Cheese
- ¼ Cup of Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, Finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line Two baking sheet or round pizza pans with parchment paper, a silicone baking mat or aluminum foil; set aside.
- Place the chopped cauliflower into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely ground, yielding about 4 cups +/-
- Transfer cauliflower to a large bowl. Stir in eggs, the cheeses, the garlic powder and Italian seasoning; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Spread cauliflower mixture into a rectangle onto the prepared baking sheet. Spray lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and crisp around the edges. Remove the pans from the oven and set aside until you are ready to make the pizzas.
- To Make the Pizza Sauce: Open the can of tomatoes; if there is a basil stem in the can of tomatoes remove it. Pass the contents of the can through a food mill to remove the seeds and crush the tomatoes. Add the tomatoes and olive oil to a saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until reduced, about 20 – 30 minutes. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
- To Make The Pizzas: Top with pizza sauce, cheeses and any other toppings you would like. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes +/-.
- Sprinkle with basil and red pepper flakes, if desired. Serve immediately.
Check out all of the amazing recipes from the #SundaySupper Family to celebrate National Pizza Month:
I would like to give a shout out to to our host for this event: Coleen Hill of The Red Headed Baker
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza by Monica’s Table
- Cool Veggie and Ranch Pizza Appetizer by Positively Stacey
- Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Sliders by Family Around the Table
- Pizza Beef Wontons by Asian in America
- Pizza Potato Skins by Casa de Crews
- Cinnamon Roll Pizza by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Home Canned Pizza Sauce by What Smells So Good?
- Caramel Apple Dessert Pizza by The Foodie Affair
- Cheesecake Pizza by The Redhead Baker
- Coconut Macaroon Pizza by Pies and Plots
- Fresh Fruit Pizza by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Bacon Jam, Pear and Butternut Squash Pizza by Caroline’s Cooking
- Bagel Pizzas by And She Cooks
- BBQ Bacon Mango Pizza by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Candy Corn Pizza by Palatable Pastime
- Chicago Deep Dish Pizza by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Chicken Pesto Calzone by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Chicken Pot Pie French Bread Pizza by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Chicken Vegetable Pizza (Low-Carb) by My Life Cookbook
- Copycat UNO’s Pizza by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Deep Dish Fondue Pizza by Momma’s Meals
- Deluxe Imo’s Pizza Lasagna Rolls by Crazed Mom
- Easy French Bread Pizza by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Everything Pizza Tartin by Sunday Supper Movement
- Fall Veggie Pizza by The Culinary Compass
- Gluten Free Curried Pumpkin Chicken Pizza by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Grilled Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza Wraps by Food Lust People Love
- Hawaiian Pizza Salad by Cricket’s Confections
- Homemade Pan Pizza by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Lahmacun (Turkish Pizza) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Lunchtime Pizza Muffins by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Meatball Sub Pizza by Life Tastes Good
- Mexican Pizza by Moore or Less Cooking
- Mexican-Style Corn Tortilla Pizzas by Home Sweet Homestead
- Mom’s Family Style Cavatini by Powered by BLING
- Onion Tart by Wholistic Woman
- Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread Pizza by Family Foodie
- Pizza Grilled Cheese by Eat, Drink and Be Tracy
- Pizza Pot Pies by Brunch-n-Bites
- Pizza Steak Hoagie by The Freshman Cook
- Pizza Toscana by Cooking with Carlee
- Roasted Garlic and Spinach Pizza with Balsamic Onions by Helpful Homemade
- Rustic Bacon & Citrus Pizza by Gourmet Everyday
- Sausage and Peppers Pizza by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Sausage Arugula Pizza by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Grilled Pizza by Our Good Life
- Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pizza Bread by Mindy’s Cooking Obsession
- Supreme Breakfast Pizza by The Crumby Cupcake
- Taco Dip Pizza by Hardly a Goddess
- Tandoori Chicken Pizza with Fresh Basil and Mozzarella by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- The Mac Pizza by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Vegan Margherita Pizza by Simple and Savory
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