Cauliflower Pizza Bites

These cute mini cauliflower pizzas are perfect for entertaining, especially when you're trying to please a crowd that includes low-carb eaters.

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Cauliflower pizza crust became popular a few years ago when people were searching for a way to still enjoy pizza, but reduce their carb intake or avoid gluten altogether. Being a passionate lover of pizza, I avoided this craze for a little while, stating that if I couldn’t have “real” pizza, I would have nothing at all. When I finally got around to making and tasting this low carb phenomenon (as it became), I actually enjoyed it – not for its low carb appeal, but because it tastes great! I don’t think of it as “pizza” necessarily, but I’m totally game for cauliflower pizza bites. 

Cauliflower being grated on a box grater on a countertop.

Sometimes when you make small versions of a main meal, it can be more work for the cook, but this recipe is even easier to make than a large cauliflower pizza. Grating the cauliflower can be the only laborious job, but even that is made quick and easy if you have a food processor. Be sure to squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can before proceeding with making the cauliflower crust, but don’t get too worked up about it being completely dry. Some moisture is a good thing.

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Cauliflower Pizza Bites being shaped into patties on brown parchment.

I give you two different toppings for these pizza bites – one red and one white – but don’t let that limit your imagination. Once you have the mini cauliflower crusts finished, you can top them with anything you like. Just reimagine your favorite pizza toppings – sausage and mushrooms, spinach and fresh mozzarella. The only thing you need to remember is that the toppings must be cooked before you top your mini pizza crusts. That means that these little bites are perfect for using up leftovers! 

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Topped Cauliflower Pizza Bites in an air fryer basket.

These cauliflower pizza bites are also perfect for parties. You can make the crusts ahead of time – cooking them all the way through step 3 of the recipe below – and then freeze them in a zipper sealable plastic bag. Simply let them defrost on the countertop (doesn’t take long!) and top them with your desired toppings before air-frying them again for 3 to 5 minutes. They are the perfect party appetizer for all your low-carb or gluten-free friends… or even people who just like a delicious bite!

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Goat cheese and olive cauliflower pizza bites on a marble counter.

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Cauliflower Pizza Bites

  • Prep Time: 20 m
  • Cook Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 35 m
  • Servings:
    24
    bites

Ingredients

Crust:
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Pepperoni Pizza Bites
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup mini pepperoni or diced pepperoni
  • dried oregano
Goat Cheese & Olives with Lemon and Rosemary Pizza Bites
  • olive oil
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate the head of cauliflower with a box grater or finely chop it in a food processor. (You should have about 3½ cups.) Place the cauliflower in the center of a clean kitchen towel and twist it firmly to squeeze out all the water. (This can be done in two batches to make it easier to drain all the water from the cauliflower.) Place the cauliflower in a large bowl and add the eggs, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Combine well.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 400°F.
  3. Shape little patties out of the cauliflower mixture, using roughly 2 tablespoons at a time. Place the patties in a single layer into the air fryer basket and spritz with oil. Air-fry in batches: 8 minutes on one side, flip over and then air-fry for an additional 2 minutes.
  4. To make the pepperoni pizza bites, flip the cauliflower crusts back over and top with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and mini pepperoni slices. Air-fry at 360°F for 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Let the bites rest for a few minutes before serving with a sprinkling of oregano on top.
  5. To make the goat cheese & olive pizza bites, flip the crusts back over and brush the crusts with some olive oil. Top with the goat cheese and black olives. Air-fry at 360°F for 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. Transfer the pizza bites to a platter and then sprinkle with the lemon zest, chopped rosemary and freshly ground black pepper.
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