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Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives

Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives can be cooked on the grill, but make it in the oven if it’s not grilling season. Use Cauliflower Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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Last year I started noticing cauliflower-crust pizza showing up on healthy cooking blogs, but I didn’t pay much attention to the idea until a few readers wrote and said they were sure I would love it.  One person sent me a link to this recipe from Eat. Drink. Smile. and that’s the one my nephew Jake and I used as our starting point when we decided to experiment with this Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives.

It took us three different tries and the addition of both almond meal and grated Parmesan cheese to get a crust that we thought was about as crispy and bread-like as you could get when the main ingredient was cauliflower, but we both loved the final version of Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza.  I’m not sure this will ever replace regular pizza for some people, but if you’d like to try a pizza crust that’s low-carb, gluten-free, and more nutritious than regular crust made with flour, I think you’ll be pleased with this version.

I have a pizza stone for the grill, and that seemed like the perfect way to cook our pizza when it was hot outside, but the inspiring version was cooked in the oven so I’m sure that will work too. Cooking times will be slightly longer if you don’t use a pizza stone.  This cauliflower crust pizza is a good way to get an extra dose of vegetables in your pizza, and this could be a Meatless Monday dish that the whole family will enjoy.(You can find more meatless recipes by checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index.)

Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

Before you start to make the crust, start heating your pizza stone on the grill or in the oven. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, just heat the grill or oven.) You only need one cup of cauliflower for a crust, but we were going to make several versions, so we buzzed 1/2 large cauliflower in the food processor until it was finely chopped. Put 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower in the microwave and cook until the cauliflower is soft, 7-8 minutes for my microwave. I had a coarsely-grated mozzarella blend, so I used the food processor to chop it up so it would mix into the other crust ingredients better.  (This is way more cheese than the amount used for one pizza!) Combine the cooked cauliflower, cheese, almond meal, grated Parmesan, oregano, garlic powder, salt and a beaten egg to make the crust. Spray a sturdy cookie sheet with nonstick spray and then use your fingers to form the crust, spreading it as thin as you can get it.

Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

When your grill or oven temperature reaches 450F/230C, start cooking the crust (on the pizza stone if you have one.  (If you’re cooking on the grill without a pizza stone, heat the entire grill and then turn the heat off on one side too cook the crust.) While the crust cooks, saute the mushrooms and slice the olives. Take the crust out when it’s firm and lightly browned. Cover the crust with desired toppings.  We used low-sugar pizza sauce, a small amount of finely grated mozzarella, sauteed mushrooms, and black olives. I put the pizza back on the grill for about 5 minutes more to melt the cheese and heat the toppings, but if you’re cooking in the oven you can do this under the broiler.

Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

For a low-carb meal this would taste great with Ottolenghi’s Perfect Lettuce Salad with Radicchio, Radishes, Tomatoes, and Capers.

More Interesting Pizza Ideas You Might Like:

Low-Carb Crock Pot Crustless Pizza featured on Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Pizza from Barbara Bakes
Delicious and South Beach Diet Friendly Flatbread Pizza from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Skillet Tortilla Pizza from Simply Recipes
Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives

This Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives can be cooked on the grill or in the oven.

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower (chop in food processor or grate with a cheese grater)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 5 T almond meal
  • 3 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Pizza Toppings

  • 1/4 cup low-sugar purchased pizza sauce
  • 2-3 T finely grated mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz mushrooms, sliced and sauteed
  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil, for sauteeing mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup olives, sliced in half (or more)

Directions:

  1. Turn on the oven or grill, place the pizza stone inside (if using), and preheat grill or oven to 450F/230C.   (If you don’t have a pizza stone I might let the temperature get slightly higher.)
  2. Use a food processor or the large side of a cheese grater to finely chop the cauliflower, until it resembles small kernels of rice.
  3. Put the cauliflower into a bowl and microwave until it’s cooked through and soft, about 7-8 minutes.  (Don’t add water; the cauliflower will release moisture.)
  4. While the cauliflower cooks, slice the mushrooms, heat the oil in a large frying pan, and saute mushrooms until they’re soft and cooked through.
  5. Slice olives in half lengthwise.
  6. (If you don’t have finely grated Mozzarella, I would buzz it a few times in the food processor so it’s more finely grated.)
  7. In a small bowl, combine the cooked cauliflower, 1/2 cup finely grated low-fat mozzarella, almond meal,  Parmesan cheese, dried oregano, garlic powder, and salt.
  8. Beat the egg with a fork and then mix it into the other ingredients, combining them well.
  9. Spray a heavy cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
  10.  Form the crust ingredients into a ball and place on the cookie sheet, then use your fingers to form the crust, spreading it out as thin as you can get it.
  11.  Put the cookie sheet on the pizza stone in the oven or on the grill and cook with the door or lid shut until the crust is firm and lightly browned, about 13-15 minutes.  (If you’re cooking the   crust on the grill without a pizza stone, you will need to preheat the entire grill, then turn off one side and cook the pizza on that side, using indirect heat from the side that’s still turned on.   This will probably add a little to the cooking time.)
  12.  When the crust is done, spread with pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese, and arrange sauteed mushrooms and olives on top.
  13.  Put pizza back on the grill to melt the cheese and warm the toppings, or turn the oven to broil and cook it under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes.
  14.  Serve hot.
  15. This reheats well, and is even good cold for breakfast!

Notes:

Recipe adapted from Eat. Drink. Smile.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza would be an approved recipe for most low-carb and low-glycemic diet plans as long as you use low-sugar pizza sauce. For the South Beach Diet there’s quite a bit of fat in this pizza from mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, almond meal, and olives.  I would consider this a “once-in-a-while-treat” and limit myself to half the pizza shown here for phase one or two of the South Beach Diet.

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    55 Comments on “Low-Carb Cauliflower-Crust Vegetarian Pizza with Mushrooms and Olives”

  1. Cold for breakfast? That is the true test! I'm not surprised that this pizza passed, Kalyn, as it looks so delish. I've been wanting to make a cauliflower crust pizza. Thanks so much for figuring it all out for me! 🙂

    Shirley

  2. Beautiful pizza! I only recently tried cauliflower crust and I think it's delicious! Your pizza must be absolutely delish, and the photo is wonderful. Pinned!

  3. Brilliant!! This is my first time seeing a cauliflower crust but it sounds delicious. I will have to experiment with this too!

  4. Lydia and Barbara, I think this is a cauliflower recipe for non-cauliflower fans!

  5. What a great looking pizza. This would be my favorite way to eat cauliflower.

  6. Finally, a way to eat cauliflower that I just might like! Must try it.

  7. Mimi, it was surprisingly good!

    Heidi would love to hear how the vegan version turns out. Can't think of any reason it would not work.

  8. Wow! This looks great Kalyn!
    I can't wait to try it. I'm gluten free and vegan and would subsitute Daiya vegan cheese for the cheese and nutritional yeast for the parm.
    I'll let you all know how it turns out.

    Thanks for creating this for us!
    Heidi

  9. I'm willing to try it!

    I love cauliflower raw…

    Mimi

  10. I would grate or finely chop the cauliflower with a knife if you don't have a food processor. I don't think mashed cauliflower will work.

  11. Hi Kalyn…I don't have a food processor, can I just cook the cauliflower and then mash it? The recipe sounds good and I'd like to try it…thanks

  12. Kalyn I have been looking forward to seeing your version since you mentioned it on Twitter. I love the mushroom and olive toppings too.

  13. Hi Kalyn I will be passing this onto Coeliac and Wheat intolerant friends. Night even give it a go myself.
    Great

  14. Christine, Jake and I were skeptical but this really was good!

  15. Wow. Wow! Wow!! This is fantastic and will be on our grilling menu this week. Although I use cauliflower as a low Carb substitute for many dishes, I never would have thought of using it as a pizza crust. Thank you for this!

  16. Jake and I were actually surprised at how much we liked this! Glad to hear it sounds good to people.

  17. I keep reading about the cauliflower crusts, but haven't tried it myself. This pizza is gorgeous, Kalyn, and I think it needs to find a place in our Friday pizza night rotation.

  18. This is the first I've heard of a cauliflower crust! Sounds interesting, but I love my carbs way too much!

  19. So glad to see a recipe for cauliflower crust pizza on here! I've been seeing them out there but not from any source I trust like Kalynskitchen!! Thanks!
    Sara

  20. I've wanted to try this cauliflower crust business for a while now but it just hasn't happened. Your pizza looks so tasty! Thanks for working out the crust recipe for us.