Cauliflower Crust Hawaiian Pizza

Maybe you’re asking yourself right now, “Why do I need a cauliflower crust Hawaiian pizza instead of a good old fashioned Hawaiian pizza?” We can think of a few good reasons. First, a pizza crust made from cauliflower means the pizza will be grain-free, which is excellent news if there are gluten-free or gluten-intolerant diners in your house. Second, we would never accuse Hawaiian pizza of being “boring,” but it can be fun to spice up our meals with a little something different. Third, cauliflower crust tastes truly delicious, and we are big fans of delicious food. Just follow this recipe to learn how to make a delicious cauliflower pizza crust with Hawaiian toppings!

 Ingredients
1/2 of a large head of cauliflower
1 large egg
1 cup mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried or fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/2 cup tomato-basil marinara sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
3 slices Canadian bacon, cut into strips
1/2 cup pineapple bits

Preheat oven to 450˚. If you’re using a pizza tile, set it in the oven as well so it can heat up. Cut cauliflower into small crumbles. You can also use a cheese grater or a food processor; with the food processor, make sure to shred until crumbled and not pureed. There should be about 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles when you’re done. Place the crumbles in a bowl and microwave for 8 minutes. (Don’t add any water!) Let cool. Once the crumbles are cooled, place them in a clean dish towel, wrap it up so none of it can fall out, and squeeze the excess moisture out over the kitchen sink. This will help prevent the pizza crust from falling apart later.

If not using a pizza tile, spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumbles with the egg, mozzarella cheese, oregano, garlic and onion salt. Pat the “crust” into a 9 to 12-inch circle, either on waxed paper or on the prepared pan. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray. Either put the crust on the pizza tile or slide the pan into the oven, and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil. Congratulations! You’ve now made a delicious cauliflower pizza crust.

To make this into a Hawaiian pizza, it’s time to get into toppings. Spread the sauce over the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle ¼ cup cheese over the sauce. Arrange the bacon and pineapple over the first layer of cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Broil the pizza for 3 to 4 minutes or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Now, you just need to cut it into slices and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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