A vegan pizza with crispy cauliflower crust, topped with cashew cheese, shiitake mushrooms, and drizzled with truffle oil. Vegan party food has never been this healthy and tasted this good.
A pizza-crust made of entirely cauliflower is an easy, guilt-free alternative. You won’t need to proof the cauliflower dough at all and since cauliflower is very low in carbohydrates, you can significantly lower your carbohydrate/grain intake!
Dip the slices of pizza in this fragrant Avocado Basil Pesto, and you’ve got the perfect bite. Basil Pesto compliments the cauliflower crust that is flecked with Italian seasoning — truly a match made in heaven.
How to Make a Cauliflower Pizza
Step 1: Cook the Cauliflower
If you’re using a head of fresh cauliflower, roughly break down the cauliflower into florets. Boil them in water for 15-20 minutes until they become tender. If you’re using frozen riced cauliflower, you can skip this step and move on directly to step 2.
Step 2: Squeeze out Excess Liquid
This is an absolutely crucial step. If you don’t do this, your crust will fail 100% of the time. Using any dish towel or thin cloth, wrap the cauliflower florets up and squeeze really hard on them (you can let the cauliflower florets cool off for a bit first). Squeeze for at least 5 minutes to get as much excess liquid out as possible. You’ll find that quite a lot of liquid comes out!
After squeezing and draining your cauliflower, they should look shriveled up like this.
Step 3: Blend in Food Processor
Add your cauliflower along with all the other crust ingredients into a food processor. Blend until the mixture becomes a dough that is loosely held together.
Step 4: Gather the Dough
Place the dough onto a parchment-lined baking tray — add a tablespoon of cornstarch to prevent sticking. At this point the dough shouldn’t stick to your hands and you should be able to easily mould it. If the dough is still sticking to your hands, dust your hands with some more cornstarch.
Step 5: Shape the Pizza Crust
Using your fingers, press down on the dough and try your best to shape it into a round pizza crust. The thinner you press the crust, the crispier it will become!
Step 6: Baking the Pizza
The Baking process is split into two stages. The first stage, you bake the crust by itself to dry it out — 15 minutes on one side, flip, and 10 minutes on the other side. Be really careful when you flip the crust! The way I flip the crust is I take another parchment-lined baking tray, put it upside down over the original one, and quickly flip it over.
The second stage is a high temperature broil, around 10 minutes. I use the broiler to get that really nice golden-brown crust on the vegan cheese. At the end, finish the freshly baked pizza with a good drizzle of truffle oil. Bon Appétit!