Pizza is arguably my most favorite food. I basically lived on it throughout college and wouldn’t turn down a greasy cheesy slice right now if it was available. Some things have changed for me however, and eating pizza several times a week as a 40 something just doesn’t have the lasting consequences that I want. I mean I do enjoy a good workout but pizza calories are pretty extreme.
I have also entered into the world of eating gluten-free which does severely limit the options for take-out pizza. So, in an effort to still enjoy my most beloved pizza while reducing gluten and calories in my diet, I decided to attempt cauliflower pizza crust. I had heard good things about the flavor but the actual process of making a non-soggy, real pizza crust replacement seemed daunting. I did have a few flops. Pizza for sure but a fork was required – no hand-held slice of pizza that’s for sure.
Can You Freeze Cauliflower Pizza Crust?
So with a little more research and attempts I landed on the absolute best recipe. Click the link for the recipe http://www.eatagreatdeal.com/2015/01/the-best-cauliflower-crust-pizza.html . This cauliflower pizza crust recipe is no fail and definitely worth the effort. That being said, it does take a bit of effort to prepare this amazing cauliflower pizza crust so making several at once and freezing the extras saves on cleanup and prep time. Just do it all at once, freeze the extras, and you can have a delicious pizza in no time – just like delivery.
How To Freeze Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- The first step of course is to prepare the cauliflower pizza crusts. I really dig in when I do this and make four or five crusts because then it’s just done and I only have to clean everything up one time.
- Place the crust in the oven and bake them through just like if you are making the whole pizza.
- Allow the baked cauliflower crusts to cool to room temperature.
- Once the crust are completely cool (don’t rush this because any heat will lead to condensation and result in a soggy thawed crust), place the crusts on a baking sheet and slide them into the freezer to “flash freeze” them. This will give you frozen crusts that will be easy to package and they won’t stick together.
- When the cauliflower crusts are frozen solid, remove them from the freezer.
- I wrap each pizza crust in plastic wrap carefully covering all of the surfaces.
- Once completely wrapped, place the pizza crusts in large freezer safe bags. This can be done individually or several per bag.
- Be sure to remove as much air as possible, label, and place in the freezer.
You now have a lovely store of frozen pizzas ready anytime you wish. They are a lower calorie and super healthy version of anything you could buy premade at the supermarket and they taste great!
How To Thaw Cauliflower Pizza Crust
When you are ready to enjoy the deliciousness of a pizza, simply pull a cauliflower pizza crust out of the freezer. No need to thaw ahead of time. Simply add the topping of your choice. Whether its red sauce or cheesy alfredo, pepperoni or veggies – any toppings work.
Pop the pizza in the oven until its lightly browned and bubbly and you’re ready to eat!