Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!

“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”

If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a cauliflower craze going on! Who knew this simple cruciferous vegetable would be so versatile? Lately I’ve seen recipes for roasted cauliflower, cauliflower gratin, rice, breadsticks, cheese sauce, tater tots and mashed cauliflower! I’ve even tried a few and they are all so good.   What a great way to sneak in some veggies or just enjoy them in new ways!

I was excited to try out these Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust for the January Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by Cabot Cheese. The lovely folks at Cabot Creamery sent us a variety of samples of their amazing cheddar cheeses. Wow. What a treat! My husband and I happen to looooove sharp cheddar. I will definitely be buying more in the future!

The challenge of this contest was to create lightened up snacks/apps/finger foods for entertaining. Even though the holidays are over, we’ve still got the Super Bowl next week and what could be more delicious than munching on homemade pizza, guilt free! You seriously can’t even tell you’re eating cauliflower.

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!

This cauliflower crust is pretty easy to make, requires simple and cost effective ingredients, and tastes amazingly good! No flour, rising of dough, etc. Just cauliflower, cheese, an egg and seasonings! That’s it! I used Cabot Hand-Rubbed Tuscan Cheddar Cheese, which is seasoned with delicious flavors of bell pepper, tomato, fennel, garlic and onion. It added the perfect cheesy Italian flavor to the pizza squares.

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Cabot Hand-Rubbed Tuscan Cheddar Cheese

Nutritionally speaking, cauliflower provides a healthy dose of fiber, folate, calcium and anticancer compounds known as glucosinolates. Using it in the crust provides a low carb and gluten free option for those with dietary restrictions. And the cheddar cheese in this recipe delivers protein, calcium, fat, phosphorus and is naturally lactose free. For the toppings, I used more Cabot Tuscan Cheddar, pesto, spinach, tomato and mushrooms, but feel free to adapt to your liking!

To begin making the crust, place a lightly oiled sheet of parchment paper on a cutting board. Using your handy dandy food processor, pulse your cauliflower florets for about 30 seconds until you get ~2-3 c. “rice” like the photo below.

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
The cauliflower “rice”

Depending on the size of your cauliflower, you may be able to make two pizzas or 1 larger one (See notes in recipe). Once you have your cauli “rice”, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat for ~4 min. Pour onto a clean tea towel and let it cool down slightly, or else you will burn your hands in the next step. I was too anxious so I put my rubber gloves on. haha.

Now wrap up the cauli, hold it over the sink and squeeeeeze all that water out. I had a fairly large cauliflower and managed to squeeze out ¾ c. This is a very important step because all that extra water could make your crust too mushy! Now you have a stinky towel, sorry  Just throw it in the wash and it will be all better I promise!

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Squeeze it out real good!

Next mix the cauli “rice” in a large bowl with cheeses, salt, seasonings and egg. If you do have a larger cauli, I recommend using 2 eggs. Just judge it by how sticky the dough is and if it easily can form a ball or not.

 Using your hands form it into a square shape crust on your parchment paper. Pat it and lightly blot with a paper towel if you didn’t seem to get enough water out. Slide onto your pre-heated pizza stone and bake 8-11 min until golden brown.

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
The crust after pre-baking

Remove and add toppings. Bake another 5-7 min until bubbling and golden. Let it cool for a couple min, and then slice into squares. Enjoy!

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!

 

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust
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Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust
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Total Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, small to medium size
  2. 1/4 c. Cabot Hand-Rubbed Tuscan Cheddar Cheese, shredded (plus ~1/4-1/2 c. more for toppings)
  3. 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, shredded (plus ~1/4 c. more for toppings)
  4. 1/4 tsp. salt
  5. 1/2 tsp. basil
  6. 1/2 tsp. oregano
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  8. 1-2 eggs (depending how much cauliflower you have)
  9. Toppings of your choice (~ 1/4-1/2 c Cabot Hand-Rubbed Tuscan Cheddar, shredded + desired veggies and proteins)
Instructions
  1. Put your pizza stone/sheet in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place a lightly oiled sheet of parchment paper on a cutting board and set aside.
  3. Rinse your cauliflower, dry it then cut off the florets.
  4. Using a large food processor, pulse the florets for about 30 seconds or until it resembles "rice". Depending on the size of your cauliflower, it should make about 2-3 cups. If you have about double then just double the seasonings + eggs and consider making two pizzas or 1 larger one. (See notes below).
  5. Once you have your cauliflower “rice”, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat for ~4 min.
  6. Pour onto a clean tea towel and let it cool down slightly, or else you will burn your hands in the next step.
  7. Wrap up the cauli in the towel, hold it over the sink and squeeeeeze all that water out. I had a fairly large cauliflower and managed to squeeze out ¾ c. This is a very important step because all that extra water could make your crust too mushy!
  8. Next mix the cauli “rice” in a large bowl with the cheddar and parmesan, salt, seasonings and egg. If you do have >2-3 c. "rice", I recommend using 2 eggs. Just judge it by how sticky the dough is and if it easily can form a ball or not.
  9. Using your hands form it into a square shape crust on your parchment paper. Pat it and lightly blot with a paper towel if you didn’t seem to get enough water out.
  10. Slide the dough along with the parchment paper on the pre-heated pizza stone and bake 8-11 min until golden brown.
  11. Remove and add toppings.
  12. Bake another 5-7 min until bubbling and golden. Let it cool for a couple min, and then slice into squares.
  13. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. *A small to medium size cauliflower should yield about 2-3 c. of cauliflower "rice". If you have > 3 c. add an extra egg in your dough mixture to allow it to stick together well and double the seasonings (leave the cheese amount the same).
  2. *Make sure you follow the steps in preheating your pizza stone and pre baking the dough before adding toppings as it allows the crust to form well.
  3. *Do not form the dough too thin or thick as that may affect the length of time it takes to cook and how it holds together.
Adapted from The Lucky Penny
Adapted from The Lucky Penny
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Serving size: 1 cauliflower crust square (not including toppings of your choice) Calories: 26 Total Fat: 1 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 2 g Sugar: 1 g Sodium: 87 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2 g Cholesterol: 15

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19 comments

  1. Lisa Slavick says:

    This looks delicious! I’ve always wanted to try using cauliflower this way. Is there a way to make this without dairy?

    • Karli says:

      Yep you can! This was my first attempt at making it and it worked out well! Its important to make sure to squeeze out all the water from the cauliflower (like explained in the directions) and bake in the oven twice to achieve a nice golden crust 🙂

  2. There’s definitely a cauliflower craze going on (I recently did made cheesy bread for December’s redux) but it’s well deserved. Like you wrote, it’s such a healthy and versatile ingredient to work with. This pizza looks AMAZING and I absolutely love your choice of cheese- it sounds so perfect for a pizza!

    • Karli says:

      Thanks. Omg yours looks so good too 🙂 I will have to try it that way as a cheesy dipping bread. I’m so in love with this crust now!

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