Let me just acknowledge that when I first started hearing about cauliflower crust, I thought, Okay. That's a little bit of a stretch, kinda with the same inner voice as the Pace Picante Sauce cowboys sitting around the campfire. ("NEW York CITY?!?" "Git a rope.?) And then I tried it. And it. Is. Absolutely wonderful. And not in a "this is pretty good for a meatless dish" way. I mean, it's beautiful and different and a little bit nutty, and while it's definitely not a substitute for bready pizza crust, I might argue that it's a whole delight in itself. But the best part? The very, very best part? No yeast! No proofing! No kneading! No rising! It's probably the fastest, easiest homemade pizza crust you can make.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse them to a fine snowy powder; you should have 2 1/2 to 3 cups.
Transfer the processed cauliflower to a microwave-safe bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Microwave until it's soft, about 5 minutes Then pour it onto a clean, dry kitchen towel and let cool slightly.
When it's cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower tightly in the towel and wring out as much moisture as possible, twisting and squeezing like crazy. By the time you're done, you should have a pretty dry clump! And don't worry?it shouldn't look like much at this point.
In a large bowl, combine the cauliflower and Parmesan And add the Italian seasoning, salt, egg, and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Stir/smush it together until well combined.
Form it into a ball and place it on the baking sheet Then use your hands to flatten it into a large, flat round. Keep in mind that it won't move/rise like regular crust, so whatever shape it's in when you put it in the oven, that's the same shape/ size it'll be when you pull it out! (It's super easy to work with! You'll love it.)
Bake the crust until it's golden, about 12 minutes. Top with the marinara and the remaining 1 cup mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 10 minutes more.
As soon as it comes out of the oven, sprinkle on some Parmesan. Then cut it into wedges. Sprinkle on basil leaves just before serving.
Don't expect a crispy/chewy crust like regular pizza . . . but do expect an amazingly delicious dinner!