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From the kitchen: Cauliflower Crust Pizza {Gluten-Free}

April 10, 2013




As I mentioned in this post, I’ve been cutting back on carbs (mostly the bread type) in an effort to shed some winter weight and get back into shape for summer, and just to be more healthy in general. There is far too much bread and pastries in my daily life, a little detox does me good every so often. Pizza is one of my (many) carby vices. I can eat it all day, everyday. No joke. And I’m not at all picky – frozen, cold, homemade, gourmet… all are welcome to the party. You can see how this can become a problem.

I’ve been curious about cauliflower crust pizza since I discovered it last year on a gluten-free food blog, but never tried it until now. Boy, was that a mistake! We looooved this pizza. Like really, really. We joked about making these for sleepovers and team parties when we have kids. We’re totally going to be that weird granola family. I’m looking forward to it.

While, I’m giving you the recipe for the pizza that you see (which was really delicious and I highly recommend), this post is really about the cauliflower crust. You can dress it with any toppings you’d like. Enjoy!








Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Makes 1 10″ pizza (serves 2)


For the crust:

1 medium head of cauliflower (about 2 1/2 cups once processed)

1 egg

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup grated parmesan

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

For the toppings:

1 italian sausage, casing removed and cooked, breaking it down with the back of a spoon.

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

1/3 cup pizza sauce (add more if desired)

6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/3 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a pizza stone in the oven at this point if you have one.

Cut cauliflower into florets and discard the stems. Steam using a steamer basket (or whatever method you like) on low heat for about 10 minutes or until the cauliflower is just tender, but not fully cooked. Place steamed cauliflower into a food processor and pulse to create “crumbles”. Try not to over process, you don’t want cauliflower puree. Transfer your crumbles to a clean tea towel and ring out as much moister as possible. Give it a good squeeze. Transfer dry cauliflower crumbles to a medium-sized bowl and mix in egg, cheeses, salt, oregano, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Turn out onto a piece of parchment paper and pat into a 10-inch round. Place crust with parchment paper on heated pizza stone (if using), pizza pan, or baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.

Top with sauce, cheese, sausage, and tomatoes, and bake for another 10 minutes. NOTE: If using a pizza stone, slide crust directly onto the stone using a spatula before the final bake to ensure a crisper crust.

Let rest for 3-5 minutes. Top with fresh basil before serving.


65 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2013 12:58 am

    I’m certainly going to try this recipe. I’ve only just come across cauliflower used differently in dishes. I’m amazed how versatile it can be. thanks for sharing. Christine. :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:00 pm

      I agree! Such a versatile veggie. I’ve actually run it through a ricer and made cauliflower mash in place of potatoes before. Also really great.

  2. April 10, 2013 4:38 am

    This looks amazing! I’ve wanted to try a cauliflower crust too, just haven’t done it yet. Can’t wait to try this!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:01 pm

      It was super tasty, I was really happy with the results. It’s mildly time consuming, but fully worth every effort.

  3. April 10, 2013 5:54 am

    SO excited to try this! I’m pizza obsessed…I try to eat clean but it’s my weakness! This looks DELISH!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:02 pm

      This will definitely fill any pizza void! A really great replacement :)

  4. April 10, 2013 6:02 am

    I am all over this wonderful recipe for this weekend with fresh pesto!! Well done

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:04 pm

      Thank you! Mmmmm pesto sounds like an excellent idea. Hmmmm, I kinda feel like maybe adding a little to the cauliflower “dough” itself before cooking might be interesting. Time to experiment!

  5. April 10, 2013 6:13 am

    Definitly giving this a whirl! Thanks for sharing!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:49 am

      You’re welcome!! I hope you enjoy it!!

  6. April 10, 2013 6:19 am

    I just bought a pizza stone last weekend and was lamenting the Trader Joe’s dough options because of the gluten. I cannot wait to try this — it looks delicious!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:06 pm

      Lauren, you will LOVE it. Obviously it’s not going to replace yummy gluten-full pizza dough, but it’s a great alternative. Let me know what you think!

  7. April 10, 2013 12:08 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! I don’t have a gluten intolerance, but I’ve really been wanting to try a cauliflower crust just for the sheer veggie factor :) I’ll definitely be trying this one!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:08 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it, we sure did!!

  8. April 10, 2013 3:34 pm

    Look incredible! I’ve read about cauliflower crust pizza and have been wanting to try it forever. I’m more inclined since you made it look so good!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2013 6:12 pm

      Thank you so much! It was as good as it looks, I promise!!

  9. April 10, 2013 5:38 pm

    I’ve seen this idea, too, and wanted to try it. Now I will! I have tried two almond flour pizza crusts, but I ended up scooping off the toppings and just eating that.

    Do you have a good recipe for sauce?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:52 am

      I actually don’t have a good recipe for a sauce…but that makes me think I should make one! I really like Wholefoods standard pizza sauce. It comes in a small can and is fairly inexpensive. But thanks for the inspiration, I may just have to make my own pizza sauce for the blog!

  10. madelineanne14 permalink
    April 10, 2013 5:45 pm

    I am definitely trying this soon! I just made cauliflower “mac” and cheese and was thoroughly impressed with how delicious it was as a replacement for traditional noodles!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:55 am

      Yes! I’ve had cauliflower mac as well and was also impressed at how good it was. Ours had a butternut squash “cheese sauce” that resembled the real deal so much, it blew our minds. The whole thing was completely vegan and we could have eaten it forever! I think you’ll love this crust!

  11. April 10, 2013 7:21 pm

    We love pizza in my home, I will absolutely give this a try!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:56 am

      Please do! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised :)

  12. VVernhard permalink
    April 11, 2013 5:02 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food und kommentierte:
    sieht sehr gschmackig aus

  13. April 11, 2013 9:17 am

    I’ve heard of chickpea crusts before but never cauliflower. Thanks for sharing a healthy/unusual take on one of my favorite guilty pleasures!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:56 am

      Funny, I haven’t heard of chickpea crust! I must try that next! This cauliflower version was mighty delish!! I hope you enjoy!

  14. April 11, 2013 11:03 am

    This is SO creative!! Both my parents are gluten-free, I’ll definitely be giving this a go. Also just seems healthier and less bloaty.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:58 am

      Veronica, I think mom and dad will be uber happy if you make them this pizza! xo!

  15. Paro permalink
    April 11, 2013 11:57 am

    Oh my, brilliant! Love it! Seems fairly easy..I am gonna attempt to make it this weekend.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 12:01 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed it. Is your name Paro? I love it!

  16. Mert Parsons permalink
    April 12, 2013 12:02 pm

    Wow, Paola, this looks amazing! And this is such good news for Weight Watcher fans! We’ve been wanting to start making pizza at home, so here is the challenge!
    XOX, Momma Mert

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 18, 2013 11:59 am

      Mert, it WAS amazing! you really should try it, I think you guys will love it :) xoxo!

  17. Mike permalink
    April 12, 2013 4:06 pm

    I chopped the cauliflower into “crumbles” while still raw and then baked it for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet. I stirred it twice during the 15 minutes. I did not squeeze the water out as it dried a bit during the baking process. I then followed the recipe as suggested. This saved cleaning a food processor.

    Love the recipe!!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 12, 2013 4:08 pm

      Nice to know!! I’ll give that try next time! Glad you enjoyed the recipe ☺

    • April 17, 2013 2:17 am

      hi mike what’s the oven temp you set to when baking the cauliflower?

      • Mike permalink
        April 18, 2013 4:10 pm

        425 degrees, same as the pizza. I am making my second batch right now, as I type this.

  18. April 19, 2013 4:50 pm

    Reblogged this on A Window Into My World and commented:
    Just made this for my birthday dinner. Best grain-free crust that I’ve tried! I’ll definitely make it again.

  19. April 21, 2013 2:46 pm

    Reblogged this on the barre life and commented:
    This is what’s for dinner tonight! Time to get creative :) Nom. Nom.

  20. April 22, 2013 5:13 pm

    Oh my gosh! I love you for posting this! :) I love bread and pizza but need to REALLY cut back. Will be trying this out very soon!

  21. April 29, 2013 9:53 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely trying this at some point. I’m a huge fan of carbs but I’m pretty sure I eat way more than I need to without realising it (toast, bagels, sandwiches, pasta, etc…) so I feel I should occasionally give them a miss. And, I mean, pizza crust made from cauliflower? Pure genius! :)

  22. Shelby permalink
    May 2, 2013 7:41 pm

    Hi! I was just wondering, how strong is the cauliflower flavor in this crust? Thanks!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 2, 2013 7:45 pm

      Hi Shelby,

      I don’t think it’s strong at all. I’m a cauliflower fan, however, so maybe I’m not the best judge but it gets fairly camouflaged with cheese herbs and pizza toppings. It’s really delicious, I promise!

      • Mike permalink
        May 3, 2013 2:00 am

        Agreed, I do not think it is strong, neither do my daughters. But my wife doesn’t care for this. Give it a try and see.

  23. May 5, 2013 8:20 am

    Definitely on my list to try!!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 6, 2013 8:50 am

      You’re in for a surprise! Enjoy!

  24. May 12, 2013 2:27 pm

    *runs to shop and buys cauliflower*

  25. May 12, 2013 2:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Thought For Food and commented:
    Can’t wait to try this!

  26. May 19, 2013 11:40 am

    that is SUCH an awesome idea for a pizza crust! cannot wait to try this!

  27. June 12, 2013 5:57 pm

    I have made a zucchini & cheese crust forever– cauliflower sounds great! I am excited to try it!

  28. July 25, 2013 7:41 pm

    Can you make the crust ahead of time and frozen for later use?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      July 25, 2013 8:04 pm

      I’ve never tried, but I think it would work. I would bake it a little to solidify it a bit. And then, wrap it with plastic wrap and keep it flat in the freezer. Again though, I haven’t tried this, but it’s my best guess. I’d love to know how it turns out if you attempt to make and freeze! -xo

  29. October 12, 2013 2:21 pm

    thank you for this recipe–i tried a similar version but used the cauliflower uncooked then processed it –worked good but always room for improvement so i’ll try this one too–and a thought about the sauce for you–i love to use fresh tomatoes–blanch & remove skins–slice & remove most of the seeds & goo in there–i think it is perfect ‘sauce’. thanks again ♥

  30. September 2, 2014 6:01 am

    This looks amazing!! I definitely need to take some pointers from here.. never thought to use a food processor I sat grating mine.. like a fool!!
    I’ve written a blog post on my version of a cauliflower pizza, it’s no where near to this standard but I’m still learning, it’d be great if anybody wanted to check it out :)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 3, 2014 8:09 pm

      You’re no fool!! I’ve used a grater myself, works great :) I’ll go give your recipe a peek. Thanks for your comment!


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