“Cheesy” Pizza Crust

I think that if I had to choose my absolute favorite food that I could eat every single day, I’d have to say pizza. Now, that’s a really broad statement, because the possibilities are endless when it comes to pizza. We make pizza every single Friday night at my house, and I very rarely make the same type twice. Sometimes I make my own crust, and other times I’ll use a store-bought flat bread or naan. I’ve also made beer crust and cauliflower crust several times, and both are delicious.

But really, my favorite pizza crust is thin, using a few “normal” ingredients like flour, salt, olive oil, water and yeast. This recipe is my favorite. However, I generally don’t have the time or patience to wait for the dough to rise, so I often find myself throwing a few ingredients together to make the fastest pizza crust possible.

Heather’s ingredient of the week is yeast, which instantly made my think of nutritional yeast, so I thought I’d try putting that in my pizza crust this past Friday night.

Better With Veggies

Are you a fan of nutritional yeast? I certainly am! I love its cheesy, nutty flavor and how it can make almost anything taste better.

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I buy my nooch in bulk from my local organic food store, and it goes pretty quickly in our house! A little bit goes a long way, and I only needed to add a small amount to my pizza dough mix to give it a “cheesy” flavor. It definitely complimented the other ingredients, and I will be making this pizza crust recipe again!

“Cheesy” Pizza Crust

1/2 c cauliflower “rice”

1/4 c barley flour

1 T ground flax seed

1 T nutritional yeast

1/8 tsp baking powder

herbs/spices of choice

salt/pepper to taste

1-2 T beer

Pre-heat oven to 400˚. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silicon baking mat. Place cauliflower rice into a medium sized bowl and heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Drain any excess water, if necessary. Add the flour, flax seed, nutrional yeast, baking powder and herbs/spices (I like to use garlic, basil and a pinch of salt and pepper). Stir together with a spoon and slowly add beer, 1 T at a time. The mixture should be moist but not overly saturated or sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a little bit more flour. Remove the pizza dough from the bowl and place onto the cookie sheet. Gently press the dough to make a flat crust, adding flour to the top if necessary (if it’s sticky). (Crust should be about 1/4″ thick.) Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until it starts to get golden brown. Remove and top with your favorite pizza toppings and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

I topped my pizza with roasted zucchini, mushrooms and red onion and “Teese” vegan cheese. I like to place my pizza under the broil so it gets a little bit charred and bubbly.

nooch crust pizza

Sometimes I use mozzarella or goat cheese, but most of the time I like experimenting with various dairy free “cheeses.” Daiya and Vegan-Rella are probably my favorite, and Teese is definitely not. I threw the rest of the pack out. Ew.

And of course, my favorite pizza topping is this….

mustard

Trust me. It’s delicious. :)

What’s your favorite type of pizza? Thin/thick crust? Cheese? Meat? Veggies?

 

Comments

  1. YUM! I totally have my sights set on making cauliflower pizza crust soon and this “cheesy” one I can do! I still have some nutritional yeast waiting for me to use (for the first time EVER)!

  2. I can honestly say that pizza is my favorite food. And cake and ice cream.

  3. This sounds good. My favorite pizza topping is hot sauce. Really, it’s my favorite topping for anything. We go through an embarrassing amount and I also always have a bottle at my desk.

    Also, this is so weird, I know, but I know that most people call nutritional yeast “nooch” but for some reason, in my head, I call it “nutty yee.” I have no idea why.

  4. I am such a Daiya fan when it comes to good melty pizza! Garlicky sauce, spinach, red onion, mushrooms, Daiya…I prefer a thicker crust but if it’s got the right toppings, any crust will do :)

  5. I love adding nooch to my cauliflower crust! I’m definitely a thin-crust girl, and love lots of veggies for toppings . . . especially broccoli and onions!

  6. Mustard on pizza..must try that!

  7. Favorite type of pizza is definitely one piled with tons of veggies – especially fresh mushrooms, spinach, red pepper, sun-dried tomato, onion… oh the list could go on and on! I used your egg white crust recipe for my pizza yesterday although I supped out the egg white protein for nutritional yeast. It tasted excellent! I may have to make it again tonight… Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Mmm, pizza is probably also my favorite food, but I am all about the crust! And have been since I was tiny. It has to be super light and puffy around the edges, and crisp on the bottom. But I like to try less carby recipes like this as a fun alternative, and Im intrigued by the beer in this one!

  9. I love cauliflower pizza crust. It kind of reminds me of an omelette! But my favorite pizza crust is thin n’ crispy. Mmm…forget that deep dish nonsense. Toppings are where it is at! Black olives, mushrooms, roasted peppers, garlic, and onion!

  10. My dad makes delicious pizza. Homemade crust, then just a thin layer of sauce and Italian seasoning. Pops it in a 500 degree oven for a few minutes, then puts cheese on to bubble/brown. And voila! Simple and tasty.

  11. I love pizza! It used to be my kryptonite and I’m so happy that it doesn’t have power over me anymore!!! I’ve honestly never made my own pizza before, I think it’s time :)

  12. Pizza ia my go-to. I was going to make my cauliflower pizza tonight befrie I realized I’d let the darn thing go bad. #fail

    Thin crust, all the way!!!

  13. I love your nooch laced pizza crust, I’m seriously craving pizza now! And pinning this recipe for future use. :)

  14. YES!!!! I am sad I missed this pizza night. I was going to stray from using ‘active yeast’ and go for the inactive, nutritional version, too, so I’m happy you did. :) Also, I am going to have to make this. With extra sauce and mustard on top. No cheese necessary. (I mean…REAL cheese.)

  15. I TOTALLY MUST TRY THIS! It looks so good. A nice break from beer crust, me thinks :)

  16. Cheesy Pizza ist interessanter und Verkostung Diät wegen seiner Mischung verschiedener vagitables die dazu beitragen, colries in unserem Körper zu erhöhen, so dass mentain Gleichgewicht in unserem Körper.

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