Welcome to round 2 of the Paleo Pintersted Picks, where a terrible chef (me) tries to recreate all those perfect paleo recipes from pinterest. I’ve been seeing cauliflower pizza crust circulating on Pinterest since, like, forever, but to be honest, it never sounded good to me. I’m always looking for more ways to add more veggies to the menu, so I decided we might as well try it. I followed the recipes from Eat Great Deal, and A Sparkly Mess. Both recipes were pretty similar, and A Sparkly Mess has some great graphics for the whole process – so definitely go check that out. This recipe turned out to be a little bit more work than I was expecting, but super, super delicious. I’m not a huge fan of canned anything, and tomato sauces are SO easy to make from fresh tomatoes, so I decided to make the pizza sauce from scratch. Here’s both recipes and some bad pictures from my phone 😉
Homemade Pizza Sauce:
- RealSalt Season Salt
- Italian Seasonings
- Puree 7-10 tomatoes (any kind) in a blender. I don’t mind the skin, so I just popped mine in whole. You can easily skin tomatoes by cutting a small cross hair in the skin at one end of the tomato. Steam them for about 30 seconds, and then dunk in ice water. After they are cool enough to touch you should be able to slide the skins right off (at least that’s what Pinterest says, because I’ve never actually done it).
- Add seasonings. We used RealSalt’s season salt, some italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper.
- Let simmer for 45 minutes or until it’s the consistency you like. I left mine on the stove for a bit too long so it was pretty thick (not a bad thing!). I started this while I made the crust, so it didn’t seem like too long of a wait.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust:
- 1 Large head of Cauliflower
- 2 cups of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 2 eggs
- Cut the florets from a whole head of cauliflower
- Blend florets (We love our Ninja) until the cauliflower looks like “snow”
- Cook/steam the cauliflower “snow”
- When the cauliflower is cool enough to touch, put the cauliflower in a dish towel and ring out the water. Get as much water as you can out of the cauliflower or the crust will not hold together. My hands were dripping wet at the end of this processes. You’ll get quite a bit more water than you think!
- Add spices, 1/2 cup of cheese and 1 egg. Mix well
- Spread cauliflower onto a baking sheet or pizza stone and form a circle. Both recipes said that it was important to put the on parchment paper, but we didn’t have any and it turned out fine. I just made sure to grease the pan with a lot of coconut oil.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until it is golden brown
- Add toppings and cook for another 3-5 minutes. We used uncured pepperoni from Applegate Farms, olives, peppers, and mushrooms.
- Eat and Enjoy!
Real Life Verdict: Ringing out all the water took a little bit more effort than I probably have time for on a weeknights, but this is perfect for weekends or as a fun date night. We had a lot of fun decorating each side of our pizza!