Want to know the secret to Cauliflower Pizza Crust or Pie Crust? Learn how to make crust out of cauliflower that is close to the real thing. This cauliflower crust is great for those on Paleo diets or gluten free diets.
A friend of mine introduced me to the Paleo diet. Basically, the goal is to eat as our Paleolithic ancestors did while hunting and gathering. One should eat lean meats and lots of fruits and vegetables – no grains, no dairy, no legumes, no sugar. If you want to learn more about the Paleo diet check out this book, which I’m reading now, The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat. Or you can find various Free Paleo Kindle Books too.
I decided to make a pizza the other day, but I needed to make it Paleo-friendly. I have read about and seen various crusts made out of cauliflower, so I thought I’d try it on my own and see what happens. I used the same basic crust to also make an apple pie. It worked out well. That’s why I’m sharing it with you today.
How to Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust or Pie Crust for Paleo and Gluten Free Diets – Recipe
What you will need:
- 1 large cauliflower head
- Food Processor
- Clean, dry towel
- Seasoning – salt, pepper, etc.
How to make cauliflower rice.
First, you need to make the cauliflower “rice”. That is the term many use to refer to the little, tiny pieces of cauliflower that resemble rice.
Rinse off a cauliflower head and break it into tiny sections. In batches, pulse it in the food processor until all of the big chunks are gone. This will make a mess no matter how careful you are. Just be prepared for little cauliflower flakes everywhere.
Now, cook the cauliflower. Boil a few inches of water. Add the cauliflower and cook for 4 – 5 minutes.
Strain all of the liquid. Let it sit and cool down for a few minutes.
This step is very important! Be sure to get out as much liquid as you can from the cauliflower. Dump the cauliflower on a clean, dry towel. Pull up the edges, and wring out all of the excess water. This will take several times of wringing out. Caution – the water may still be pretty hot.
Add some ingredients to your cauliflower dough.
Place the cauliflower in a bowl and mix in 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and (optional) 1/4 cup cheese or fake cheese. Or, add whatever spices you normally like in your pizza dough.
Mix the ingredients. The fastest, easiest way is to just use your hands.
Form the dough into a ball.
Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Form the dough into a round or rectangular crust about 1/4 inch thick. This will make one medium sized crust or 2 smaller crust. I made 2 small crusts.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Pizza-like crust made out of cauliflower.
You should have a nice, firm crust in which to add toppings. You’ll be able to pick up this cauliflower pie (almost) just like a regular pizza pie.
Adding toppings to your cauliflower crust pizza.
Spread some sauce (white, red, pesto). Add some cheese or fake cheese. Add some veggies. Now place in the oven for an additional 5 minutes or so so the cheese can melt and the toppings get warm.
There you have it! A paleo gluten-free pizza!
Craving something sweet? Check out my How to Make a Paleo / Gluten Free Pie Crust with Cauliflower (Recipe).