Somedays, you just NEED a pizza.
I’m especially prone to a take out pizza on a friday evening, nothing feels like more of a treat. But, I’ve recently discovered Cauliflower Crusts, as a base alternative. Somehow, the crust manages to keep the indulgent feel of eating pizza, without the onslaught of bloat and sluggishness that often follows.
I’m sure the idea of eating a cauliflower pizza base will put a lot of people off, it took me quite a few tries with different recipes before making one that I was 100% happy with. Often they turned out too soggy, or worse too crumbly. This recipe though is really simple, and thankfully involves no overnight soaking or draining through a nut bag which a lot of cauliflower crust recipes do!
Ingredients ( for one pizza base )
1/4 head cauliflower
1 egg white
100g buckwheat flower
1/4 bicarbonate of soda
It really is up to you what you’d like to top your pizza with. My favourite is goats cheese with red onions and a tomato base. To make the tomato topping simply cut up the cherry tomatoes and allow to simmer for 15 mins, and the puree and stir till it is chunky and thick, then spread over your pizza and top with whatever you’d like!
Ingredients (toppings )
large handful of cherry tomatoes
3 tblspn tomato passata
small handful goats cheese
1 red onion
Preheat the oven to 180C
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and some coconut oil
Grate the cauliflower into rice style pieces, I did this in a food processor.
Put the caulifower and other pizza base ingredients into a bowl and mix well, you should end up with a sticky dough
Spread the dough out onto the baking tray into a round shape, about 2 cm thick. Bake for 20 mins, remembering to flip it towards the end so that both sides cook.
Make the tomato topping by cutting up the cherry tomatoes and simmering in a pan for 15 mins, add the puree and you should have a thick chunky sauce.
Once the pizza has cooked spread the sauce on top, and add any other ingredients you fancy, bake for a further 10 mins.
Serve with a side of rocket and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.