The most ingenious gluten free pizza crust recipe — ever.

Last night I ate the best gluten free pizza I’ve ever had — and this includes the delectable ones I stuffed my face with in Rome. The best part of this pizza? I made it myself and it was easy.

Ridiculously easy.

I saw this recipe  posted on this blog and it caught my eye because no flour whatsoever is required to make the crust. ‘How is this even possible?’ I wondered. I actually scanned the list of ingredients repeatedly to see if I was missing something.

The best gluten free pizza I've ever had. The crust is made with a flourless dough and it takes 15 minutes to make.

The best gluten free pizza I’ve ever had. The crust is made with a flourless dough and it takes 15 minutes to make.

Remember, I never really cooked before, let alone a pizza, so if the concept of flourless dough is nothing new, forgive me.

But there it was, a quick, short list of stuff I’d need to make a pizza crust and there was no flour in sight. This intrigued me. I had been avoiding making my own gluten free bread and pizza for about a year — I’ve seen my mom fight with dough countless times before and it just didn’t look fun.

What’s also intriguing about this pizza crust is that the main ingredient is cauliflower — and I don’t even like this vegetable. I never have. In fact, when my brother and I were younger, he nagged my mom to make cauliflower as part of his special birthday dinner, and I teased him about this for years. What normal 8-year-old likes cauliflower? For his birthday, no less. Really now.

Wondering why I even wanted to make this recipe? The second main ingredient is cheese, and that I can get on board with.

So here it is: this is how I made the crust. I’ve also included my recipe for the pizza sauce if you want a change from the store bought stuff.

The pizza sauce

What you need

  • ¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of crushed tomato
  • 1 (6-ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic in oil
  • 1 – 2 tsp of marjoram
  • 1 tbsp of basil (or more if you’re like me and love basil)
  • Dash of onion powder
  • A couple splashes of white wine (I used Pinot grigio)
  • Ground black pepper

What you have to do

  • Cook onion and garlic in olive oil till onion appears translucent
  • Add everything else and let simmer for about 45 minutes or longer. Don’t forget to stir!

The crust

What you need

  • ½ head of grated cauliflower (or 2 – 3 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of any cheese you like (I put ¾ cup Cheddar and ¼ cup Mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp of marjoram
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic in oil
  • ½ tsp onion salt

What you have to do

Grated cauliflower after it's been microwaved.

Grated cauliflower after it’s been microwaved.

Microwave the grated cauliflower for 8 minutes and let cool

 

 

 

 

 

The gluten free pizza crust ingredients -- before mixing it all together.

The gluten free pizza crust ingredients — before mixing it all together.

 

Mix in the other ingredients

 

 

 

 

Shape your crust mixture on the pan.

Shape your crust mixture on the pan.

Pat down on pan lined with parchment paper (parchment paper is an absolute must)

Cook in 450 Degree oven for 15 minutes

Take out of oven, add toppings (my fave combo: pepperoni, mushrooms, and roasted red peppers)

Put back in oven for about 5 minutes on broil

Side notes

  • You’ll need a fork and knife for this baby, so you can’t chow down on it as you would a ‘normal’ pizza. But once you taste the crust, you won’t even care.
  • I think using cheddar in the crust is what really made it flavourful, too, so I don’t believe I’ll be experimenting with different cheeses.
  • This recipe produces 1 small pizza of approximately 9 inches wide. So if you’re feeding a larger crowd, ensure you double the recipe!

This might not be a pizza in the traditional sense, but my husband and I were overwhelmingly surprised by how amazing it was. I have no desire to order any more gluten free pizzas from the usual pizzerias, and really, why would I? This took under 45 minutes to prepare from start to finish, and it’s also super healthy. Writing this post has practically made me keel over from hunger – thank goodness I have the other half of yesterday’s cauliflower sitting in the fridge. It’s not too soon to make a second one, is it?

Awesome way to end the week: A glass of Merlot to accompany the best gluten free pizza I've ever had.

Awesome way to end the week: A glass of Merlot to accompany the best gluten free pizza I’ve ever had.

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16 Comments

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16 responses to “The most ingenious gluten free pizza crust recipe — ever.

  1. Love, love! Isn’t is crazy how is does not taste like cauliflower!

  2. I’ve really been meaning to try a cauliflower pizza crust. I’ve still not posted any pizza recipes because I can’t find a base I like enough yet. I’m inspired though to try yours. Looking forward to pizza night already!

    • That’s great! It looks like this recipe has been floating around for a bit (if you follow the trail of blog posts starting from mine). There were so many delicious mingling flavours — no distinct cauliflower taste, so yes, try it! Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  3. Giselle

    Looks great and less carbs

  4. I’ve been wanting to try making a cauliflower pizza crust for awhile now since I saw the idea on Pinterest. Now that I know how truly easy and tasty it is I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Oh, it’s so easy I love it! I’m a novice in the kitchen, but I made this a couple times since posting and I’ve gotten faster at making it too lol. Have fun! 🙂

  5. Devon

    Great recipe though the nutritional value of the cauliflower is gone and the radiation has increased x 6. Microwaves destroy nutrition.

    • Hi Devon, thanks for the input! There are definitely a lot (and I mean a LOT) of conflicting reports about microwaves! From what I’ve read in the past, the nutritional value isn’t completely gone, and this is a healthier option than the g-free pizzas I was eating before! I’m always on the hunt for new gluten free pizza recipes, so maybe I can find a just-as-delicious non-microwaveable option to post about in the future 🙂

  6. Lisa

    Hi Laura-
    I googled gluten-free pizza crust recipes and chose yours since I just bought my first farm fresh cauliflower today at a farmer’s market. I went out on a limb since I’ve never used cauliflower at all and grated that beautiful baby, added some vegan cheeses and nutritional yeast, spices, and an egg even though I’m trying to go totally vegan. Made the sauce pretty much exactly like you said and used regular mozzerella and portabello mushrooms to top. My hub and I devoured it! He said it was gourmet 🙂 I’m glad I found your recipe, and we will be making it again for sure!
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa — So glad you and your husband enjoyed it!! I wish I could take credit for it, but I can only take credit for the sauce lol. Yes, it is a pretty gourmet pizza, isn’t it? My husband and I have eaten it in so many different ways at this point, and with each new topping combo it becomes a whole new masterpiece lol. I’ve actually been wanting to try and post about a few other g-free pizza crusts — here’s hoping they’re just as tasty! Take care 🙂

  7. jb

    I too am not crazy about microwaving the cauliflower… what about steaming it in a double boiler? Or would that add to much moisture? Or would baking it for a bit afterward help?

    • Hi, thanks for checking this out! I can’t say for certain, as I’ve never tried steaming it — but I don’t really think that would alter the recipe too much! If you try it, let me know how it goes! 🙂

  8. Thanks for the recipe
    i would like to try it 🙂

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