How to Make Low-Carb Pizza Crust from Cauliflower (No flour, no yeast, no kidding!) from Cleo Coyle

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This low-carb pizza, mentioned in our 13th Coffeehouse Mystery, Billionaire Blend, tastes as good as it looks, yet the crust is made from nothing more than cauliflower, egg, and mozzarella cheese with some salt and spices thrown in. 


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No flour, no yeast, no kidding! 

While versions of this recipe have been around for years (dating back to the early days of the Atkins diet), they aren't all equal. My recipe includes a key step to making it work. 

Yes, I was skeptical at first. My husband was, too, but he's a believer now. He enjoyed half this small pie with me, beer in hand, smile on his face. May you, too, eat with joy!

~ Cleo





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How to Make Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust

How do you make junk-food junkies, health-conscious people, and gluten-free eaters happy?

My amateur sleuth, 40-something single-mom and coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi, faces that very dilemma when she's hired to cater a party for a group of quirky computer geniuses at the company of a billionaire whose life she saves in Billionaire Blend.

Clare uses this recipe as a solution. 

She also bakes up a 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie (no flour, no dairy, no gluten, and no mixer needed). You can get that recipe here.




Clare's 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies:
No dairy, no flour, no gluten, and no mixer needed! 

Click here for the recipe.




Although Billionaire Blend is the 13th in our Coffeehouse Mystery series, you can enjoy it as a stand-alone story and have fun trying to solve an attempted murder of a billionaire, right along with Clare. 

As with all our culinary mysteries, my husband and I hope you enjoy the recipes, too. 

To download a free PDF of Billionaire Blend's recipe guide, click here.


And now for that odd 
and oddly delicious pizza crust...






Cleo Coyle's
Cauliflower Pizza Crust


While versions of this low-carb recipe have been around for years, they aren't all equal. My recipe includes a key step to making it work like a dream. It eats like one, too. 

The cauliflower lends good fiber and nutrition while the egg and cheese provide protein. It's an incredibly healthful way to eat pizza. May you eat with joy! 

~ Cleo

Makes one 10- to 12-inch pizza
(depending on size of cauliflower)

Crust Ingredients:

1 medium head of fresh cauliflower (do not use frozen)
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
1 large egg 
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoon Italian spice mix blend

Step 1 – Prep oven and pan: First preheat your oven to 450°F. Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet or a pizza pan with holes and lightly coat the paper with nonstick spray. (I use Olive Oil spray.)


Step 2 – Rice the cauliflower: Break up the head of cauliflower into florets. Buzz them in a food processor only until they resemble grains of rice. Do not puree! 



Step 3 – Cook in the microwave: Pour riced cauliflower into a microwave-safe dish and cook on high for 7 to 8 minutes.

Step 4 – Squeeze out extra moisture: This is a key step. If you do not squeeze the excess moisture out of your "cauliflower rice," the crust will be soggy and the recipe will not work the way you see it in my photos. You can use a tea towel or cheesecloth or a nut bag (used to make nut milk). Put the cauliflower in and squeeze until you have drained off a good deal of liquid. You don’t have to worry about getting every drop, but do the best you can.




NOTE for troubleshooting: You will start with 3 to 4 cups of Cauliflower Rice out of the food processor. After cooking and squeezing out the extra moisture, you should have somewhere between 1 and 1-1/2 cups remaining. My photo below shows you how the dried cauliflower rice looks, almost like a ground grain.



Step 5 – Create the dough: Pour the cooked and "squeeze-dried" cauliflower rice into a bowl and mix with the lightly beaten large egg, 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon Italian spice blend.





Step 6 – Form crust: Drop the dough onto your prepared parchment paper and use clean fingers to shape into a thin disc about 10 to 12 inches in diameter. (Yours might be a little larger or smaller, depending on the size of your cauliflower head and amount of cauliflower rice it yielded.)



Step 7 – Bake for 8 to 16 minutes in your well-preheated 450 degree F. oven. You are watching for the crust to become completely dry and golden brown. Depending on your oven, the type of pan you are using, and the size of your pizza crust, the cooking time will change. Check it at 8 minutes and if the crust is not completely dry and golden brown, continue cooking it for up to 16 minutes. 


(Whenever I use my pizza pan with holes, for example, more heat comes through the pan and the crust cooks much faster, so check your crust often to prevent burning.)



Step 8– Top your crust and finish baking: Allow the crust to cool a bit (5 to 10 minutes). Then top with your favorite pizza sauce and cheeses. 







Finish in the oven with another 8 to 10 minutes of baking. (Again, your particular oven and pan may require more or less time to melt the cheese, simply make a note of it for next time.)





Step 9 – Reheating: This pizza reheats like a dream. Store it in the fridge and when you want to reheat, place slices in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.



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~ Cleo Coyle

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