Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust Minute Pizza Recipe
It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. True, but hunger can be a great motivator as well. That’s how this gluten free cauliflower crust minute pizza recipe came about. Hunger. And necessity. And vanity.
I was home alone, sick, and had already had my fill of bone broth. I wanted something savory and comforting. I wanted pizza. But I didn’t happen to have any gluten free pizza dough on hand and while my appetite was starting to return, my strength was not up to driving to the store. Not to mention the fact that I looked like death warmed over and needed to wash my hair.
Why is it that when you go to the store looking like a million bucks you don’t run into a single person you know, but when you just pop over to grab something from the store in grungy yoga pants, no make-up, and stringy hair, you run into just about everyone you know?
But, I digress. Back to this gluten free cauliflower crust minute pizza recipe. I rummaged around my pantry and freezer and realized with a little creativity and very little effort, I could make something resembling pizza with stuff I had on hand. And it is low carb. And simply delicious!
I have taken to keeping bags of riced cauliflower in my freezer for when I want to whip up some cauliflower fried “rice” – it is convenient. Convenient is another way of saying “perfect for when I am feeling lazy.”
This recipe is super simple and perfect for when a pizza craving strikes you and needs to be fulfilled quickly. And it can be as guilt-free as you want to make it, depending on the toppings you add.
If you don’t happen to have riced cauliflower in your freezer, just grate some cauliflower with a grater or whiz it up in the food processor until it resembles rice. If you do have some riced cauliflower in your freezer, thaw it out first in the microwave for one minute on high power. No need to use a separate cup, the one you are making the pizza in is just fine.
This recipe has two steps – first, you microwave just the “dough” or crust for about 1 minute and 15 seconds or until it looks fairly set, like this:
Then, you add your sauce and whatever toppings you might want. Another 45 seconds or so in the microwave and voila – gluten free, low carb pizza in just a couple minutes! Feel free to change up the toppings to suit your tastes. Here’s how I made mine.
- ½ cup riced cauliflower thawed if frozen
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning plus more for topping if desired
- 1 large egg white
- Pinch of kosher or fine sea salt
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons marinara or pizza sauce
- 2 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese
- 3 slices pepperoni
- 2 sliced cherry or grape tomatoes
- 1 black olive sliced
In a wide mug or ramekin, combine the cauliflower, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and egg white. Mix to combine well. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired. With the back of a spoon or spatula, flatten the mixture into an even layer in the mug. Microwave on high power for about 1 minute and 15 seconds or until the crust looks set and a little dry around the edges.
Add the sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, tomato, and olives. Microwave for another 45-60 seconds or until the sauce is hot and the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with a little more Italian seasoning, if desired. Let cool and enjoy!
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