Campfire Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

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If you thought eating low carb was hard while you are camping, think again! Try this Campfire Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe to be able to stick to your low carb eating plan while at the campground!

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe – Campground Cooking

So first of all, I have to stop and say this recipe can be made for any weeknight dinner! Don’t let the word “campfire” throw you off. You can absolutely bake this in the oven– and you’ll want to make it again and again.

We added the Campfire just because it’s a doable campground recipe! And those campground dinners usually aren’t known for being low carb or healthy. It’s a great option if you’re camping out for a few days and don’t want to go completely off-plan with high carb foods. You will end up coming home pretty miserable and then having to transition back to your low carb foods. I’ve done Keto and also followed a general low carb eating plan for some time. We also love camping and camper travel! While travel and eating well don’t normally go well together, making my own food helps so much.

This Cauliflower Pizza Crust can be made ahead so you have a great-tasting, low carb main dish on your camping trip.

campfire pizza

Cauliflower crust pizzas are pretty common in the low-carb recipe world. You can actually find them on the store shelves, but they can be on the pricy side in many areas. If you aren’t a fan of store-bought products and prefer to make your own, this recipe does not call for many ingredients and with a good food processor you can have it done in the time it takes to make a traditional pizza crust.

You can even make two of these by just doubling the ingredients!

Find your recipe below, and I would recommend printing this one out. The ingredients list is short but if you’ve never made a low carb pizza crust it would be good to have the instructions nearby for reference.

How do you make Cauliflower crust crispy?

  1. Use Parchment Paper or Foil: Place your cauliflower pizza crust on a piece of parchment paper or foil before cooking it on the campfire. This will help prevent it from sticking to the grill grate or getting too much direct heat, which can cause it to become soggy.
  2. Elevate the Crust: If possible, elevate the pizza crust slightly above the direct heat of the campfire. You can do this by placing it on a wire rack or using a grill with adjustable height settings. This will allow the crust to cook more evenly and stay crispy.
  3. Keep the Fire Low and Controlled: Avoid cooking the pizza crust over flames that are too high or too close to the heat source. Instead, aim for a medium-low heat and adjust the distance between the crust and the fire as needed to prevent it from burning.
  4. Use a Lid or Cover: If you’re cooking the pizza in a cast iron skillet or grill pan, consider using a lid or cover to trap the heat and help cook the crust more evenly. This will also help melt the cheese and cook the toppings without overcooking the crust.
  5. Rotate the Crust: Rotate the pizza crust periodically while cooking to ensure that it cooks evenly on all sides. This will help prevent any one side from becoming too crispy or burnt.
  6. Monitor Cooking Time: Keep a close eye on the pizza crust as it cooks to prevent it from becoming overly crispy or burnt. Cooking times can vary depending on the heat of the campfire, so be vigilant and check the crust frequently.

Why Does My Cauliflower Pizza Crust Fall Apart?

There are several reasons why your cauliflower pizza crust may fall apart:

  1. Excess Moisture: Cauliflower contains a lot of moisture, which can make the crust soggy if not properly removed. Make sure to thoroughly squeeze out excess moisture from the cauliflower after ricing it and before mixing it with other ingredients.
  2. Insufficient Binding Agents: Binding agents like eggs and cheese help hold the cauliflower crust together. If you don’t use enough of these ingredients, the crust may not hold its shape well. Make sure to follow the recipe and use the recommended amounts of binding agents.
  3. Not Pre-baking the Crust: Pre-baking the cauliflower crust before adding toppings helps it set and become more firm, which can prevent it from falling apart later. Make sure to pre-bake the crust until it’s partially cooked before adding toppings.
  4. Thick Crust: If the cauliflower crust is too thick, it may not cook evenly, leading to a softer texture that’s prone to falling apart. Try spreading the crust mixture into a thinner layer to ensure even cooking.
  5. Handling Carelessly: Handling the cauliflower crust too roughly or trying to flip it before it’s fully cooked can cause it to break apart. Handle the crust gently and wait until it’s fully cooked before attempting to move or flip it.
  6. Overloading with Toppings: Adding too many toppings or toppings with high moisture content can weigh down the crust and make it more likely to fall apart. Use a moderate amount of toppings and avoid adding ingredients that release a lot of moisture, such as fresh tomatoes or mushrooms.

Other Cauliflower Pizza Crust Hacks and Tips:

  • Do not freeze the crust – vegetables contain a lot of moisture so they do not freeze as well as breads and typical pizza crusts
  • Add any toppings you like! Vegetables like olives, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and spinach work well with the mild flavors of the cauliflower crust
  • Try to make sure ALL the water is drained off the cauliflower. The more moisture it contains as it bakes, the heavier and slower your crust will bake. See recipe for more info.
  • Only use a well seasoned cast iron pan or pizza stone. The crust can stick if your pan is not properly greased and seasoned.

Recipe Submitted By: Joan Kriegar Sanger Peeples. Thank you Joan for inspiring to share more low carb camping recipes.

Campfire Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

campfire pizza

Yes you CAN eat low card while camping and this cauliflower Pizza Crust is a must.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 cauliflower Pizza Crust :
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1-2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan (prepared will work)
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • For Pizza:
  • 1 small jar of Pizza Sauce (I use Classico)
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • Sliced Pepperonis (about half of the 3.5 oz pack)


    To make crust, add chopped cauliflower to bowl of food processor. Pulse until finely ground.

    Transfer to microwave safe bowl and lightly cover with plastic wrap or a plastic plate. Microwave 4-5 minutes. Do not skip this step, since it softens the cauliflower and keeps it from having a "riced" texture.

    Drain all water from the cauliflower. We usually drain several times using kitchen towels or a cheesecloth. If time permits, dehydrating it in the oven works best. Set your cauliflower out on a sheet pan and bake on lowest heat for 10-20 minutes.

    Transfer cauliflower to large bowl and add 1 egg, the Mozzarella and Parmesan. If dough is too thick to mix, add the second egg.

    Dough will be thick. Kneading by hand is an easy way to mix!

    Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

    At this point you can wrap your dough and place in a sealed container if you're making it ahead. If you are ready to make your pizza, continue with these steps:

    Spread out onto seasoned and greased flat cast iron pan or pie stone.

    Place on the hot grill and allow to cook for 12-15 minutes.

    Finally, open the grill and spread out pizza sauce onto the crust. Top with your remaining mozzarella, pepperonis, and any fresh vegetables you would like to add. It's your pizza, add what you like!

    Note: If making the pizza over an open campfire, a cast iron pan with lid works the best! Add coals on top of the lid to even out the heat and cook more thoroughly.

    Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheeses are melted and pepperonis are heated throughout.

    Slice and enjoy! 

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