I’ve been seeing this particular recipe floating around for about a year, and even though I really wanted to try it, I kept procrastinating. I knew it would be a more involved recipe, and I also knew that my husband and child probably wouldn’t even try it, so it just seemed like it might not be worth it. But inspiration finally struck and I am SO GLAD it did! This broccoli crust is amazing and I am so excited to use it for a pizza alternative for myself.
The original recipe calls for making one larger pizza crust, but since I’m eating it by myself I opted to make two smaller crusts and just put one in the freezer after the initial bake (once it had completely cooled). I also used half of a 15-oz bag of riced broccoli instead of chopping 3 cups of whole broccoli.
The crust is so much more flavorful than I had anticipated, and it held up really well when I put the toppings on it (I used ricotta, tomato sauce, onions and peppers, and cheese). It was so good and even my husband commented on how good it looked and smelled! Maybe next time he’ll actually try a bite 😉
This will definitely be a freezer staple for me–it was simple (even if it was a little involved to make) and it tastes great. I love being able to have pizza without feeling bloated or having tighter pants the next day!
Broccoli Crust (from Fixate)
3 cups raw broccoli florets (or 1/2 15 oz bag riced broccoli)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (part-skim)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp sea salt or Himalayan salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 tbsp dried basil
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
If using broccoli florets, pulse in food processor until breadcrumb consistency–if using riced broccoli, this step is not necessary. Steam broccoli for 5-7 minutes in a steamer basket over boiling water (or until tender). Set aside to let cool completely. Using a cheesecloth or heavy-duty paper towel, squeeze cooled broccoli to get rid of excess water.
Combine cooled and squeezed broccoli, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs, salt, garlic, and basil leaves. Mix well (I got the best results using my hands).
Transfer broccoli mixture to baking sheet (either as one crust or two smaller crusts)–use fingers to spread the mixture into a circle by pressing down and out and leave a “lip” on the crust so your toppings don’t slide off.
Bake crust in pre-heated oven for 18-20 min, until crust is set and lightly browned.
If freezing, let cool completely, then wrap in plastic wrap and put in freezer zip-close bag. To reheat, bake frozen in a 400 F oven for 10-15 minutes until thawed and proceed to the next step.
Add toppings for pizza and bake for 6-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let cool 2 minutes before cutting and enjoy!