How to make low-carb pizza crust

 

QUESTION: You showed a low-calorie cauliflower pizza on the show last week. How the heck can you make a crust out of cauliflower without using flour?!?
—Melva Pucha, White Plains, New York

 

ANSWER: To make a delicious low-cal, low-carb pizza crust out of cauliflower (such a versatile veggie) and no flour, follow these instructions:

STEP ONE: Coarsely chop 1 head of cauliflower. Place florets in food processor and pulse until everything is finely chopped with no chunks. (Alternatively, you can simply buy cauliflower rice or crumbles at the store.) 

STEP TWO: Microwave cauliflower pieces for about 8 minutes until they’re soft. Allow to cool briefly before squeezing out as much water as possible with a cheese cloth or paper towels. The more water you can squeeze out, the more delicious and crispy your crust will be! 

STEP THREE: Mash the cauliflower and thoroughly combine with ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, ¾ cup shredded or grated Parmesan, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 4 egg whites, and a dash of Kosher salt and pepper.

STEP FOUR: Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or for a crispier crust, use a pre-heated pizza stone), spread cauliflower “dough” on top, and shape into pizza crust. Place in a 450˚ oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Ta-da! Then add sauce, cheese, and any other pizza toppings you’d like and pop it back into the oven to melt. 

Here’s the full Cauliflower-Crust Pizza recipe and nutrition. 

This crust makes 6 slices; about 110 calories and only 5 g carbs per slice

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