Chef John's Cauliflower Pizza Crust


  • 1 head cauliflower, cored and separated into florets
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese
  • ½ ounce finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1large egg
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


  • Step 2

    Puree cauliflower in a food processor until finely ground.

  • Step 3

    Cook ground cauliflower, water, and salt together in a skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and most of the water evaporates, 5 to 6 minutes. Cool completely.

  • Step 4

    Transfer cauliflower to the center of a clean dish towel. Wrap and squeeze tightly to remove all excess moisture. You should have about 1 1/2 cups cauliflower pulp.

  • Step 5

    Stir 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.

  • Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and set, about 40 minutes. Cool and turn crust over before topping.

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