Cauliflower PizzaThe secret to the perfect cauliflower pizza crust is to use part cauliflower and blend in part gluten-free flours to make a veggie-packed pizza! Using a whole head of cauliflower leads to more moisture which you will have to squeeze out later, hence all the extra steps and labor you’ll encounter. My cauliflower pizza makes 3 nutrition-packed pizza’s from only 1/4 head of cauliflower! And the best part, you can FREEZE these just like the Costco Cauliflower Pizzas! So if you quadruple the recipe to use up a whole head of cauliflower, you’ll make 12 freezer-friendly pizzas for many pizza dinners to come! Not to mention how delicious these pizzas are, considering they are “healthy”. However, before you get working on the dough, make these ROASTED VEGETABLES to make your pizza taste just like Costco’s Cauliflower Roasted Vegetable Pizza! It is phenomenal how close it is to the real thing! Not quite low-carb, as much as I wanted to go completely gluten-free the cauliflower pizza crusts weren’t turning out without the addition of flour. As of a result, all brown rice flour resulted in a grainy dough and the crust ended up cracking. After much trial, I came to the conclusion that it’s needed in order to produce a well-textured pizza crust. Now maybe that’s not the healthiest option but at least I’m not using cellulose powder, calcium chloride, tapioca starch, or xanthan gum like some of the ingredients found off of the Costco Cauliflower pizza. So, flour it was but, if you are on a strict diet perhaps milled oatmeal or other milled light grain can be substituted for the all-purpose flour. Our children can even this cauliflower pizza crust! If you’ve had some good results using an alternative to all-purpose flour please leave a comment below!
How To Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Costco Copycat)
A crisp and chewy cauliflower pizza crust recipe that involves NO squeezing, steaming, or cooking cauliflower! This cauliflower pizza crust came together after trials of making, to replicate that incredibly delicious cauliflower crust pizza from Costco!
- 2 tsp yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 1 cup riced cauliflower (1/4 of a 2lb head of cauliflower, blended or pulsed to small pieces)
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 11/3 cups all-purpose flour
Toppings for 1 Pizza:
- 1/3 cup marinara sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup Roasted Vegetables
- 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
How To Make Cauliflower Pizza:
- In a large bowl mix together the yeast mixture and proof 2 minutes.
- Add the riced cauliflower, brown rice flour, corn starch, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, egg, and mozzarella cheese until well combined. The mixture should be moist.
- Knead in the all-purpose flour until a ball forms and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces.
- Roll out each piece of dough to an 11-inches circle. Transfer onto the back of a large baking sheet dusting brown rice flour onto the surface. Bake the crust ONLY for 6 minutes then remove and bake the other 2 crusts.
- Assemble baked crusts with sauce, cheeses, and roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese just starts to melt nicely.
Freezer Instructions: Bake crust; cool. Top with sauce, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and Italian seasoning. Flash freeze then cover with plastic wrap and keep frozen. Bake in a preheated 425°F for 5-8 minutes or until cheese melts.
Nutrition per serving
Serving: 1pizzaCalories: 1096kcalCarbohydrates: 185gProtein: 45gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 937mgPotassium: 750mgFiber: 10gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1658IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 728mgIron: 10mg
Can Cauliflower Pizza Crust be Frozen?Cauliflower Pizza freezes very well! Parbaking the crusts helps the crust stay crisp. Here are easy to follow instructions on how to freeze a cauliflower crust at home. Freezer instructions: Bake crust only as directed. Top with sauce, cheeses, roasted vegetables, and Italian seasoning. Place onto a tray and freeze solid (flash freeze.) Remove and cover with ceramic wrap and keep frozen. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425°F. Bake in the preheated oven for 5-8 minutes or until cheese melts.
How to make Costco Cauliflower Pizza Crust:1. In a large bowl combine the yeast mixture together and allow to proof 2-5 minutes. 2. Add in the riced cauliflower, brown rice flour, corn starch, salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, egg, and mozzarella cheese until well combined. The mixture should be moist. 3. Knead in the all-purpose flour until a ball of dough forms and divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. 4. Roll out each piece of dough onto the back of a large baking sheet dusted with brown rice flour. Bake the crust ONLY for 6 minutes then remove and bake other crusts. 5. Assemble baked crusts with sauce, cheeses, and roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and bake for additional 5 minutes or until cheese just starts to melt nicely.
What is Riced Cauliflower?Riced cauliflower is basically cauliflower that has been pulsed or blended into small “riced” sized pieces. A boxed grater, blender, or food processor can be used to achieve that consistency.
Do You have to Parbake Cauliflower Crust?Cauliflower is a vegetable with good amounts of moisture. To prevent a soggy cauliflower crust mix in a gluten-free flour or cornstarch. Also, cooking and squeezing out any excess moisture when not using flours, helps reduce the moisture.
Is Cauliflower Pizza Vegan?If you are sensitive to dairy you can omit the cheeses and substitute with Vegan dairy products.
Can you Freeze Cauliflower?Yes! Cauliflower can be frozen! Freeze in florets or riced form like in this post on how to freeze and prep cauliflower rice. Freeze pulsed cauliflower into 1 cup portions. To freeze cauliflower florets clean and cut florets, then blanch, chill in an ice bath, and flash freeze until solid before putting into a freezer bag. Steaming the Cauliflower florets is also a mess-free way to freeze cauliflower. When using frozen cauliflower florets minus any blanching time by 5 minutes when cooking.
How much Cauliflower Rice does a head of cauliflower make?A 2-pound head of cauliflower can make from anywhere to 4-5 cups of riced cauliflower. This cauliflower pizza crust uses only 1/4 head of cauliflower which makes 1 cup of riced cauliflower.
Do you have to Steam or Cook Cauliflower for Pizza Crust?Many Cauliflower pizza recipes call for steaming or cooking the cauliflower before making the crust. These steps require squeezing the moisture out to dry the crust. I, on the other hand, prefer to make things easier, so steaming and cooking cauliflower was too labor-intensive for me. Besides, I was aiming to replicate the Costco Cauliflower pizza. However, if you are not using any flours you may need to consider the cooking and squeezing technique to avoid excess moisture.
Tips for Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
- Use 1/4 head of cauliflower mixed with part cornstarch and flour to create a crisp pizza.
- Parbaking the crust will give you a crisp pizza!
- Roast your vegetables for the pizza toppings!
- Freeze assembled pizzas for future pizza dinners!