Crispy Cauliflower Pizza Crust

This recipe is posted as a courtesy to those following a variety of low-carb and ketogenic diets (not necessarily Meal Plans designed by me). This recipe may or may not be appropriate for you.

I’d heard of cauliflower crust pizza but had also heard that it gets notoriously soggy shortly after coming out of the oven. Recently, a few people were remarking how much they like the taste but wish there was something that could be done about the texture – which I took it as a challenge. With a little thought and a fair amount of experience, I created a light, crisp cauliflower pizza crust that is a lovely change from “fathead-style” pizzas.

I started with a few basic cauliflower recipes and took the best of each and then added low-carb ingredients that would both improve the nutrient profile and solve the texture issue. Boom! Done.

For those looking for a crisp and light cauliflower pizza crust, the recipe is below.

Note: I had a hard time deciding between the crisp cauliflower crust and the Crisp Keto Pizza that I created last winter. You may need to do as I did last week and make both, to decide.

Ingredients

Crispy Cauliflower Pizza Crust – makes 8 slices

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into flowerettes
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 egg, large
1 cups mozzarella, grated
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp whey protein isolate powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup garlic and herb pizza sauce
1 cups mozzarella, grated

[optional: additional toppings of your choice]

Directions

  1. wash the cauliflower, break into flowerettes and pulse in a food processor or industrial blender until a fine powder (like rice).
  2. place ‘riced’ cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and microwave for 3 minutes on high, then let sit for 3 minutes.
  3. transfer cooked cauliflower to a clean, linen tea-towel and allow to cool.
  4. preheat the oven to 425 F.
  5. once the cauliflower is cooled, gather up the tea-towel and wring out as much of the water as possible, being careful not to mash the cauliflower (only wring the water out).
  6. place the wrung out cauliflower in a non-metallic bowl, with the beaten egg, salt, Parmesan, mozzarella, whey protein powder and baking powder and mix by hand until well combined.
  7. transfer the mixture to a non-stick pizza pan and pat down with your hand until it fills the pan
  8. bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  9. if using immediately, add the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (and any additional toppings of your choice) and bake for 10 minutes more, until the cheese is nicely melted and bubbly. Enjoy!

Macros (per slice)

Protein: 30.6 g
Net Carbs: 8.7 g
Fat: 17.7 g
Energy: 336 kcal

a turkey pepperoni version of Crispy Crust Cauliflower Pizza

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Crisp Keto Pizza

This recipe is posted as a courtesy to those following a variety of low-carb and ketogenic diets (not necessarily Meal Plans designed by me). This recipe may or may not be appropriate for you.

I tried a few existing recipes for low carb pizza and was quite disappointed, as they were either more like omelettes, or gritty with coconut or almond flour.  The biggest strike against them was that they were limp – definitely not the crisp, yeasty finger food I was wanting!

I decided to invent one. I knew basically what ingredients I wanted to use (based loosely on my tempura batter) and that it had to have a yeasty ‘bread’ taste. I also knew it would have some cheese in the crust (like the infamous ‘fat head pizza’) and that it had to be so overwhelmingly ‘legit’ that someone who wasn’t eating low carb or keto would enjoy it. Finally, it had to be good cold, too – after all, who doesn’t like cold pizza?

To my delight, I practically nailed it on the first try.

If you’re like me and love pizza, I hope you will enjoy this one.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125 ml) + 2 Tbsp (50 ml) unflavored whey isolate powder
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) baking powder, sifted
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) salt
  • 3 oz. (100 g) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 3 oz. (100 g) three cheese mixture (mozzarella, provolone, parmasan), finely grated
  • 2 oz. (30 gm) full fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast, dissolved in 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C).
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, beat the egg and egg yolk and add the softened cream cheese. Drizzle in the olive oil as if making a salad dressing (so it is suspended in the egg / cream cheese mixture. Once the yeast has proofed (foamed), mix it into the liquid. Stir well.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ones.

    Note: The dough will a thick batter.


  5. Using a non-stick pizza pan (or a regular baking sheet lined with parchment paper), use the back of a spoon to smooth the dough into a 10-inch circle.
  6. Place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on top and gently roll with a rolling pin.  When you remove the wax (or parchment paper), scrape any batter sticking to it onto the dough.
  7. Bake the crust for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t overcook.
  8. Remove the crust from the oven and top with your favourite pizza sauce and toppings.
  9. Once the pizza is topped, return it to the oven to bake until the  cheese is melted and it is just beginning to brown.
  10. Allow to cool a few minutes, then slide the crispy pizza to a serving board, cut, serve and enjoy!