Provolone & Cauliflower Crust


I recently started playing with a crispy, provolone edge on my low carb pizzas, and shared a few test photos on instagram. Basically I wanted to add some more texture to my beloved cauliflower pizza.

The first time I tried it, I surrounded the cauliflower (cauli) dough with slices of provolone and baked it in a nonstick (deep dish) pizza pan. The problem was that the provolone cooked much faster then the cauliflower and the cheese was almost burnt. Even though my husband Peter loves burnt stuff (he’s funny that way), I wasn’t happy with it at all.

Next I tried cooking the cauli crust pizza first, then adding the provolone edge at the end. It turned out pretty good (not too burnt), but the provolone crust was so good I wanted MORE.

That’s how I came up with this #LowCarbJo Provolone & Cauliflower Crust Pizza. The one in photo above (more photos below) was topped with precooked mushrooms, onions and peppers for #MeatlessMonday, which is always a challenge since I cook low carb at home. At a recent Super Bowl party I switched it up with lots of bacon and I must admit, I was surprised to see it devoured in less than five minutes. Next time I’ll make a few more.

HOW TO MAKE the Provolone Crust Pizza

Preheat oven to 400º

First make the cauliflower crust pizza dough (ingredients here). Leave any precooked toppings off until you combine the two crusts.

For the provolone crust you need about 12 slices of provolone cheese plus a tablespoon of shredded cheese to place in between the two crusts.

I used two deep dish pans to make this pizza. One for the provolone crust and another for the cauli crust. The pans I use are 14 inches, so you may need more or less depending on your pan size.

If you only have one (non stick) pan, just make the cauli crust first, then carefully transfer to large plate. Add the provolone slices back on the (now) empty pizza pan and place back in oven. After the provolone crust is done, sprinkle a tablespoon of shredded cheese on the provolone before carefully sliding the cauli crust onto the provolone crust. The shredded cheese in between helps meld it together. Finish by adding cooked toppings, more cheese and warm through in your oven for a few minutes.

Again, two non-stick pizza pans are much easier! They cost under $15 each on Amazon and well worth it to me.

Step-by-step photos:


Step 1: In a nonstick, deep dish pizza pan, lay down 12 pieces of provolone cheese.


Step 2: In 400 degree oven, cook for five minutes or until melted together.


Step 3: Turn pan for even cooking (no need to flip) and return to oven another five minutes.


Step 4: The crust should be fully formed after 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven. You want a crispy bottom.


Crispy provolone crust!


In between the provolone crust and the cauliflower crust, add some shredded cheese to help make them stick together.


Now add whatever you want… sauce, cooked toppings and more cheese. Warm through in oven and enjoy.


I’m so happy with this #LowCarbJo pizza. Please let me know if you try it!

Basic Cauliflower Crust Pizza

More #LowCarbJo

Why I eat Low Carb At Home

List of 40 low carb foods (I keep this bookmarked for carb counting).

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