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Recipe

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Servings: 2

This cauliflower crust is a gluten-free, delicious, and healthful alternative to a traditional flour crust. It’s important to squeeze as much liquid as possible from the puréed cauliflower to produce a firm crust.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower (2-3/4 to 3 lb.)
  • 2 cups low-moisture shredded mozzarella (about 8 oz.)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp. granulated onion
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive-oil flavored cooking spray
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 590
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 350
  • Fat (g): 39
  • Saturated Fat (g): 20
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 14
  • Cholesterol (mg): 195
  • Sodium (mg): 1530
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 12
  • Sugar (g): 13
  • Protein (g): 39

Preparation

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cut the florets from the cauliflower, and discard the core. Coarsely chop the florets, transfer to a food processor, pulse, then process, in batches if necessary, until the cauliflower becomes the consistency of moist, cooked couscous. Spread the cauliflower evenly on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, tossing halfway through.
  • When cool enough to handle, transfer the cauliflower to a clean kitchen towel, and squeeze until very dry. (You should get 1-1/2 to 2 cups of liquid from the cauliflower; removing as much liquid as possible will give the crust a better texture.)
  • Put the cauliflower in a medium bowl. Add 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, the egg, garlic, onion, oregano, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix until well combined. Generously coat a large parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet with the cooking spray. Press the cauliflower dough into two rounds about 3/16 inch thick and 71/2 inches in diameter, being sure to press closed any cracks. Bake until light golden, about 22 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly. Generously coat another piece of parchment with cooking spray. Put the paper coated side down over the crusts. Cover with another large rimmed baking sheet, and flip the crusts over onto the baking sheet. Gently peel off the top parchment, return to the oven, and continue to bake until light golden, turning halfway through, 12 to 14 minutes more.
  • Transfer the rack to the top third of the oven. Brush the crusts with the oil. Spread 2 Tbs. of the sauce evenly over each crust, leaving about a 1/2-inch border. Evenly sprinkle the remaining 11/2 cups of mozzarella and the Parmigiano on the crusts, staying within the border. Return to the oven, and bake until the cheese is just melted and bubbly, about 7 minutes. Top with the basil and pepper flakes, and serve immediately.

Tip

You can make the crusts ahead, wrap well with plastic, and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 weeks.

If you’d like drier, crisper crusts, after parbaking the crusts, reduce the oven temperature to 300°F. Put a rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet. With a large spatula, gently transfer the crusts to the rack, return to the oven, and bake for an additional 9 to 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

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