I've been wanting to try this out for such a long time - so it finally happened! And honestly? It tasted incredible. I adapted Chef John's recipe slightly, so if you'd like to give it a try yourself, please read on.
- 1 head cauliflower, cored and separated into florets
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces fresh goat cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
- Whatever toppings, tomato sauce & cheese you'd prefer
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Puree the cauliflower in a food processor until finely ground.
- Cook ground cauliflower, water, minced garlic, salt, and pepper together in a skillet over medium-high heat until most of the water evaporates, 5 to 6 minutes. Then make sure to cool completely.
- Transfer the cauliflower to the center of a clean dish towel. Wrap and squeeze tightly to remove all excess moisture. (If you want to do this in small batches, that might be smart since you'll get as much water out as you can that way.) You should have about 1 1/2 cups of cauliflower pulp.
- Stir the cauliflower, goat cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, egg, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl to form a soft dough. Gather dough into a ball and place in the center of the prepared baking sheet. Press dough into circle about 1/4-inch thick.
- Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and set, about 40 minutes. Cool and make sure to turn the crust over before topping the pizza and then placing in the oven once again for 15 minutes to bake the toppings into the pizza.
And one more amazing tip from Chef John about this recipe: if you're making this for other people, tell them that they're coming over to eat cauliflower. That way they're pleasantly surprised when it turns out to look (and totally taste) like pizza, with a cauliflower undertone.