Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
When it comes to maintaining a gout-friendly diet, including pizza may sound like an unusual choice. After all, pizza is usually lumped in with most of the other fast-food items like hot dogs and hamburgers.
Of course, we’re not having any of that junk food pizza here. As regular readers of my blog know, I like to keep my gout-friendly recipes interesting, healthy, and delicious. And this Cauliflower Crusted Pizza is sure to blow your mind and elevate your taste buds to new heights.
This is by far the best cauliflower pizza crust you’ll ever make! We’re about to learn how to make a flavorful, low-carb cauliflower pizza crust that’s high in fiber and protein. The best part is that you can top it with anything you want. This cauliflower pizza crust recipe will undoubtedly become a favorite. So, let’s get started!
Why Cauliflower Crusts Are A Great Idea
Cauliflower has become so popular that it’s difficult to find a restaurant that doesn’t serve roasted cauliflower. This Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe yields a crispy crust; you can use fresh cauliflower, frozen cauliflower, or cauliflower rice to make it.
But before we get into that, it’s a good idea to take a moment to highlight the potential health benefits that cauliflower is adding to this mouth-watering recipe.
Cauliflower has gained culinary fame in recent years by being used as a ‘rice’ substitute, served as “steaks,” or taking center stage in a roast. It’s a simple vegetable to incorporate into your diet; eat it raw, steamed, puréed, mashed, grated, or roasted.
Don’t throw out the stem; it’s just as nutritious. Pulse in a food processor to make a base for vegetable soup or slaw.
Important Health Benefits of Cauliflower
- Good source of antioxidants: Cauliflower is a heart-healthy vegetable due to a plant compound known as sulforaphane. Sulforaphane works as an antioxidant to lessen the inflammatory damage brought on by oxidative stress, a factor that is crucial in the emergence of heart disease. This contributes to the reduction of atherosclerosis and blood pressure.
- Supports the immune system: Because they are high in sulfur, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower may improve gut health and thus your immune system. This is because sulfur promotes the production of glutathione, which is essential for maintaining the integrity and regeneration of the gut lining.
- Low in calories and fats: Cauliflower is thought to have a medium amount of purines. They may not, however, raise uric acid levels or cause any other harm. Cauliflowers are also low in calories and fat, so they are an important vegetable to consume as part of a healthy diet. You are free to consume it as often as you want, but try to avoid it during a gout attack.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust Ingredients
- Cauliflower: the main attraction in this gluten-free, low-carb pizza crust!
- Cheese: As the cheese melts during baking, it aids in the binding of small pieces of cauliflower into a crust. As a result, cheese is an essential component of this delectable recipe.
- Egg: The egg serves as “the glue” that holds the cauliflower pizza dough together.
- Coconut flour: A small amount of coconut flour aids in the perfect firming of the crust.
- Spices: Garlic powder, dried oregano, salt, and pepper are all excellent options.
- Topping: One of the best things about this cauliflower pizza crust recipe is that it works with any type of topping. So be creative, but don’t go overboard with heavy toppings because you won’t be able to hold the slice.
Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions
#1) Chop Your Cauliflower Into Pieces
To begin, cut your cauliflower head into florets and place it in your food processor to process until “rice” texture. It may be necessary to pulse it in batches. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower “rice” and the remaining ingredients.
Some coarse chunks are acceptable. Because you’ll be baking and then squeezing the cauliflower, any chunks are fine.
#2) Steam It Up
Next, microwave the pulsed cauliflower for 5 minutes OR steam it for 5 minutes in a pot with 1 inch of water. It’s a good idea to spread the “rice” on the same baking sheet you’ll be using for baking, or to microwave it on a pie plate.
#3) Now Cool It Down
It is prudent to exercise extreme caution when handling hot cauliflower, so wait until it cools before handling it to avoid burning your hand, as many people do. Then, take a large bowl and line it with cheesecloth or, if you prefer, a linen tea towel.
Then, transfer the cauliflower to the prepared bowl and set aside to cool until it is safe to touch. We will squeeze the ball by touching it with our hands.
#4) Squeeze Out All of the Water! (Important to achieve a crispy crust)
When the cauliflower is cool enough to handle, place it in the center of a clean dish towel or cheesecloth and wrap the dish towel around it. Prepare for an arm workout by pressing out all the water. A nice, crispy pizza crust requires this!
#5) Make the Crust
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cauliflower, cheese, coconut flour, egg, spices, and salt. Mix thoroughly. Don’t worry, it’ll be soft and slightly wet.
Place the dough ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread it out with your hands (just press out) to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Its diameter should be between 9 and 10 inches.
#6) Bake the Crust to Perfection!
Bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F, or until golden brown with crispy edges. As soon as you get a nice crispy crust, flip the pan and bake for a few more minutes.
Your favorite pizza toppings should be added, and you’re ready to enjoy a delicious and nutritious pizza meal. Your preferred toppings are now ready to go on your healthy pizza crust.
Let us know what you thought of our Cauliflower Crusted Pizza recipe!