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Keto Pizza with Broccoli Rabe, Mushrooms, and Sausage

Whether you like it hot or mild, sweet Italian sausage is a delicious counterpoint to pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe and earthy mushrooms in this fantastic keto pizza. But you can actually top the cauliflower crust with any pizza-like toppings you like. You can also make this pizza using store-bought keto crusts like Cauli’flour Foods Pizza Crust; just don’t forget to recalculate the macros.
Serves 6 Serving: 1 Slice

Ingredients List

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 6 cups bite-size cauliflower florets (from 1 24-oz cauliflower)
  • 1 cup (3 oz) shredded whole-milk mozzarella, divided
  • 1/4 cup (3/4-oz) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • 1 small bunch (8 oz) broccoli rabe
  • 1 cup (3 oz) sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 6 oz raw mild or hot Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1/3 cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1 Tbsp fresh oregano leaves, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (175°C). Set a rack to the top third of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, brush the parchment with 1-1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil. 
  • In a large pot, combine 1 inch of water and the cauliflower florets. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid, and steam until the cauliflower is very tender when pierced with a fork, about 7 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  • In a food processor fitted with the "S" blade, process the cooled cauliflower to rice-size pieces, working in batches if necessary. Transfer the cauliflower rice to the center of a thin, clean, dishtowel. Roll up dish towel with the cauliflower inside, then twist it to squeeze out any excess moisture. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a spoon or rubber spatula to mix together the cauliflower rice with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan, dried oregano, garlic powder, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until the pizza crust “dough” is smooth and like thick pancake batter. Transfer the “dough” to the center of the prepared baking sheet, then use a rubber spatula or clean hands to pat it into a flat circle with a 10- to 11-inch diameter. Brush the dough with 1-1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil and bake for 30 minutes. 
  • Place a piece of parchment paper over the baked dough (pizza crust), carefully flip the crust upside-down, then peel off the parchment paper. Brush the top of the crust with 1-1/2 teaspoons of the olive oil, return the crust to the baking sheet and cook until the crust is evenly golden brown, firm, and slightly crispy, about 25 minutes more.
  • Meanwhile, add 1/2 inch of water to a large sauté pan with a lid and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli rabe, reduce the heat to medium-high, cover the pan, and let steam for 3 minutes. Drain and let cool.
  • Discard the water from the sauté pan, set the pan over medium heat, then, when the pan is dry, add the remaining 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the sliced garlic and let sizzle and get a bit golden, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and sausage and cook, stirring often and breaking up the sausage, until the sausage is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Set aside.
  • Chop the cooled broccoli rabe into 1-inch pieces. Add it to the sausage and mushrooms, then season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over the pizza crust. Spread the sausage mixture evenly on the crust. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and the fontina cheese, then bake until the cheese is bubbly and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano leaves and serve.

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Credits

RecipeEric Lundy

PhotographyErin Ng

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