Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

Margherita Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

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Cauliflower has been one of my favorite vegetables I cooked with last year and I am still fascinated of how many recipes you can do with it. Cauliflower taste is absolutely awesome especially when roasted like in this Roasted Cauliflower recipe I posted some time ago.

 

Only recently I ran over recipes that are using cauliflower as a base for pizza crust. Sounded so awesome that I really had to give it a try. Most of the recipes I've seen are combining cauliflower with cheese for the crust and then have some more cheese for the topping. As much as I like cheese I didn't want to use as much for a pizza so I ran over a recipe that uses almonds alongside cauliflower for the crust. Gave it a try and the crust turned absolutely amazing.

 

This Margherita pizza with cauliflower crust is a healthy delicious meal perfect for each time of the day. Easy recipe and really tasty, also it holds really good and you can eat it with your hands as a regular pizza. Was pleasantly surprised of how wonderful it turned and how delicious it is. Also it is a very good twist for those who need gluten-free recipes as this cauliflower crust pizza is gluten-free.

 

Give it a try if you haven't already, it's absolutely a must :)

 

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Recipe slightly adapted after BBCGoodFood

 

 

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Ingredients
  • Makes 1 large pizza - 3 or 4 servings
  • Cauliflower Crust
  • 1 medium cauliflower (about 750g)
  • 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Topping
  • 4 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 3 or 4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 4.5 oz (130 g) Mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • fresh basil or parsley, chopped
  • freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Prepare the cauliflower crust. Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and cut cauliflower into florets and place in the bowl of your food processor, and process until finely chopped, like rice. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool a little.
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  3. Place the cooked cauliflower into a tea towel and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of it and transfer to a clean bowl.
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  4. Turn the oven up to 470F (240C).
  5. Add almonds, eggs, dried herbs, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
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  6. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with oil. Place the cauliflower mixture into the center and using a spoon and hands spread it out onto a 12 inch (30 cm) round.
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  7. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove and set aside to cool a little.
  8. Spread tomato sauce over the crust, add Mozzarella cheese slices, tomato slices on top, chopped fresh basil leaves or parsley and freshly ground black pepper.
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  9. Bake for another 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Let cool a bit before serving and add some more fresh basil/parsley leaves on top. Enjoy!!
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving (about 2 slices) - Calories:333, Fat:20.2g, Saturated Fat:5.1g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0 g, Carbohydrates:22.0 g, Sugar:9.2 g, Fiber:9.7 g, Protein:22.1 g, Cholesterol:99mg, Calories from Fat 182, Sodium 352mg, Potassium 1135mg, Vitamin A 24%, Vitamin C 185%, Calcium 37%, Iron 15%, Nutrition Grade A, daily percent values are based on a 2000 calorie diet
On January 15, 2015 at 02:26 pm, Maureen said...
That's an attractive pizza. I haven't given this a try yet but I'm definitely going to give it a go.
On January 15, 2015 at 05:36 pm, mira said...
Cauliflower crust has been on my to do list for a while now! Thanks for sharing, Ella, will try it! Love the video!
On January 15, 2015 at 06:41 pm, Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen said...
YES!!! This is perfect for dinner tonight! I love a good pizza and this crust and topping combo looks amazing Ella!
On January 15, 2015 at 06:44 pm, Liz said...
This may be my second comment---got distracted and not sure I ever clicked send! Anyway, I'm loving both the crust and toppings!
On January 15, 2015 at 08:41 pm, Kathleen | HapaNom said...
This is so awesome! I've never had cauliflower crust pizza - but it looks absolutely delicious! Great video too! Your work space is so nice and clean - I usually have pots and pans stacked up all around me when I start cooking ;)
On January 21, 2015 at 11:00 am, Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said...
I love that your crust has almonds in it too! Still healthy but with another dimension! It looks delicious!
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Thank you Lindsey.. I am glad you like it. Hope you will try it one day too:) It is amazing.

On February 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm, Laura said...
That looks amazing. Could I use almond flour instead on ground almonds, and would it affect the amounts to use? Thank you!
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Almond flour is another way of saying to ground almonds, so yes, you can use the same amount for almond flour. I like to ground my own almonds usually because I can have control on how finely they are grounded. Sometimes I love feeling a bit of crunch, of texture but here is a matter of preference. 

On February 26, 2015 at 07:16 am, aubrey said...
can i sub in coconut flour for the almond? we have tried a similar recipe and love cauilflower bread for grill cheeses. YUMM!
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Haven't tried with coconut flour but I think it will work good. Probably will taste a bit different but still good. Let me know if you give it a try.

On February 27, 2015 at 08:39 pm, Sheila said...
Just making this right now ... so far so good :)
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So.. how did it turned out ? Did you like it?  :)

On February 28, 2015 at 04:46 pm, Surjit said...
Fabulous...now I have a use for the almond meal from making my own almond milk. Thanks looking forward to having a go.
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Glad you like this recipe. Let me know when you give it a go. I have a lot of recipes that are using almond meal, check them out as well.

On March 01, 2015 at 03:46 pm, Elby said...
We don't do keto normally, but this recipe just looked overall healthy. It was amazing, and very simple to make. :-)
On March 14, 2015 at 09:42 am, Stella said...
Please don't call this pizza!!! That's definitely not a real pizza. I'm sure it's so delicious but please don't mislead people using italian food, that's not nice. Have a good day! :)
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Stella, the title of this recipe makes it all very clear. A pizza with CAULIFLOWER CRUST. So I wasn't trying to mislead people, I was very clear from the beginning that this is not a regular Margherita pizza. It is very delicious, and light, was really a pleasant surprise for me as well. This is a perfect pizza recipe for those who need a gluten free pizza, as they are allergic to gluten, so this is a great solution if they are craving for pizza. Try to be understanding as well, and stay in touch. 

On July 08, 2015 at 12:27 pm, Alan said...
When you are spreading the cauliflower out, do you need to press it in to make the "crust" firm, or does it get firm on it's own during baking?
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No need to press it too hard.. just as it is necessary to shape it. It will firm during baking and after you allow to cool.

On November 02, 2015 at 06:48 am, Ken Saveth said...
I was curious HOW to get this crust more crunchy? I’ve made it a few times & although it is great, I would like it crispier. Ken
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Yes.. I am not sure it is possible to make it really crispy.. just squeeze as much water as possible.. that might help

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