Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

I've seen a couple of similar recipes for this recently and was curious about them, so thought I'd give it a whirl.

A low-carb and gluten-free alternative to a traditional bread-based pizza base, this recipe uses a mixture of grated cauliflower, soft cheese and egg. You may be thinking 'yuck!' at this point, but actually it tastes pretty good! This is a great way to use cauliflower and get it away from being boiled and boring or drowning in cheese sauce...


Cauliflower Crust Pizza
 
Makes 1 medium-large pizza
For the crust
1 medium-sized cauliflower, grated
100g goat's cheese (the creamy, spreadable kind)
1 egg
Salt & pepper


For the topping
I like pesto or sundried tomato paste, topped with grilled onions, mushrooms, peppers, grated cheese (any kind you like) and fresh basil to finish.
 
1 Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 and grease a baking tray.
2 Remove the outer leaves of the cauliflower and grate it as finely as you can ~ I blitzed mine in the food processor.
3 Add the grated cauliflower to a pot of boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve or colander to remove as much water as you can.
4 In a bowl, mix the grated cauliflower with the cream cheese and egg, and season.
5 Pour the mixture into a circular shape on the baking sheet and pat down to make it about 1-1½cm thick. Don't worry if it seems rather runny ~ it will firm up when cooked! Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until golden.
6 While the crust is baking, prepare your toppings.
7 When the crust is done, add the toppings. I like to add the basil at the very end after cooking.
8 Bake the pizza for about 10 minutes at 220C/450F/Gas Mark 8 until the toppings are cooked to your liking.
I found it a little tricky to get the pizza off the baking tray at first ~ it seemed to be a bit stuck ~ but a little easing with a plastic slide and it eventually came away in one piece.
 

If you're looking for a way to increase your veg intake, you're gluten intolerant or you'd prefer something a little less heavy and bready to regular pizza, this is a perfect alternative ~ I'll definitely be making it again.
Do you have any 'alternative' recipes for favourite dishes?
 

2 comments:

  1. I love alternatives! Shame if I didn't have a deep hatred of cauliflower I would try this recipe!

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    1. It really doesn't taste of cauliflower at all I promise! Actually I never buy them apart from for this recipe ~ poor cauliflowers, so berated : )

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