When you love pizza but need gluten-free and low-carb options, you might think you should give up pizza. But no! I have the perfect recipe to satisfy pizza cravings without comprising a restrictive diet. 🙂
However, our camper oven is too small for a pizza pan. So we hadn’t had homemade pizza in the year we’ve lived in the camper. Not until I bought myself a Christmas present from a kitchen outlet store that had a store-closing sale.
Cauliflower pizza crust can be a little time consuming. For the cauliflower crust, you obviously need cauliflower. 🙂 You only need half a cauliflower for 2 individual pizzas. The first step is grating the cauliflower, and when you have a tiny camper, you have a tiny food processor! 🙂
After grating about half a bowl, you need to steam the cauliflower. I usually microwave for 8 minutes. No matter how you steam your cauliflower, you need to let it cool because you need to squeeze out the water. I place it in a towel and wring over the sink. Try to eliminate as much of the water as possible. Too moist, and the crust will not stick together well.
Once dry, you should add 1 egg, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. I haven’t experimented with a vegan crust, but you would use your egg substitute (1 tablespoon of flaxseed and 3 tablespoons of water, let sit for 30 minutes, then stir in a pinch of baking soda), nutritional yeast, and vegan cheese. Add in dash of Italian spices and garlic powder.
After incorporating ingredients, press into pan and bake at 425 until slightly browned and firm to touch.
You can top your crust as you wish. We stick with a traditional cheese pizza. 🙂
I make my own pizza sauce from a can of fire-roasted crushed tomatoes (or diced, but then I need to puree into a smoother sauce). I add spices such as garlic, Italian seasonings, and crushed red pepper and cook on the stove. You can add a little sugar too, if you don’t need to watch your sugars. Or you can buy a jar of your favorite pizza sauce.
Bake your personal pan pizzas at 425 for at least 10 minutes. We like very browned cheese. 🙂 Bake to your desired doneness.
Head of cauliflower (grated)
1/4 c parmesan cheese
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Italian spices to taste
Top with pizza sauce, garlic-infused olive oil, or pesto, and whatever you love on pizza. Since I know the crust turns out perfect in these pans, I may try a spinach pizza next time. Olive oil sauce, thick sauteed spinach and onion, and cheese. It’s like the Spanakopita of pizza. 🙂
But, for now, we were extremely happy to eat homemade pizza again!! It’s delicious and digests easily. Nothing greasy or heavy about it–definitely a healthier choice. Turns “junk food” into good food!!! Nom nom nom!