Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza

Yep, the person who “doesn’t jump on foodie bandwagons” jumped on probably the biggest one of the last year. Admittedly I’m a little late to the party, but cauliflower pizza has been doing the rounds on most of the healthier food blogs.

 photo 2cc7c627-4994-4676-bfa0-ad9cf0fa3fc8_zpsvf0obofp.jpgEssentially it cuts out most of the carbs involved with a pizza, with the crust being made of cauliflower, egg and cheese. I was sceptical to say the least. One, I don’t like cauliflower. Two, I REALLY like pizza. Three, if I can’t have tomato on my pizza I’ll damn well have everything else as normal, thank you very much. But I had a lot of cauliflower left from my mac’n’cheese (no idea why I picked up the biggest one Morrison’s had) so decided to give it a go.

It wasn’t a bad decision. The pizza tasted pretty good. I could tell it wasn’t a normal pizza base, but it didn’t taste of cauliflower. I could pick it up no problem. It tasted fine. I actually enjoyed the ends of the crust. I didn’t spend the rest of the night feeling bloated. In a nutshell, I’d make it again.

 photo 45be56a3-6a1d-4290-b4e9-0c90d4dd4cb6_zpsvykur3wf.jpgIf you love pizza but hate the bloatedness it brings, are intolerant to flour, or just fancy eating less carbs, I honestly recommend giving this a go.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole cauliflower. Mine was missing around 5 florets, but it was a monster of a cauliflower
  • 1 egg
  • 1 handful of grated mozarella
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan
  • Seasoning – Italian seasoning works really well here
  • Normal pizza toppings – I went for my trusty Pepper & Almond pesto, red chillies, chorizo and more mozarella

Now, this might be a low-carb pizza, but it takes pretty much the same amount of work as making a reugular pizza. I found it made hell of a lot more mess too…

 photo 860aa3a7-26a2-4d3f-8f47-78701b250a8b_zpsqrvbqb8x.jpg photo d158d1ca-35be-496b-a59f-7f8631893838_zpsjh2711i0.jpg photo 9558b367-935c-4c4c-9cb8-de63f6428002_zpsbogbqxya.jpgFirst up, blitz your cauliflower florets in a processor until you have ‘rice.’ Apparently you could also grate it, but I wouldn’t have the patience. Tip into a bowl, cover with cling-film and microwave for 3 minutes. Allow to cool (learn from my mistakes!), tip into a clean tea towel and wring out all of the moisture. I got a huge amount of water out of my cauliflower.

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Tip out onto a tray lined with greaseproof and pat into a pizza base shape. It looks impossibly crumbly but it will come together. Bake at 200C for 25 minutes, until golden brown and starting to crisp.

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I’m planning on making mini bases and freezing at some point soon too – if I’m willing to make it again that says a LOT about a cauliflower recipe! PS: I’ve done a fair few cauliflower recipes recently. It may seem like some kind of sponsored series, but I assure you it’s not. I’m just forcing myself to try out more veg!
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Have your made a cauliflower pizza base before? What’s your favourite pizza topping?

 

  • sophie warner

    Ah you might just have persuaded me to give it a go!
    Sophie
    x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      Go for it! x

  • I do love cauliflour and I’ve wanted to give this a go for ages but just seems like a bit of a faf to make! When I have pizza I usually just want to shove it in the over. I will try it one day though! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • ninegrandstudent

      It is a bit of a faff, though I definitely felt better eating it! x

  • Love this post! I quite like cauliflower pizza but have you tried quinoa crust pizza?! That one is my favourite xo

    SHEWOREWHAT

    • ninegrandstudent

      I haven’t, but I’ll definitely check it out! x

  • jadiee bevan

    oh my this looks super tasty 😀 thanks for sharing

    would love to know your thoughts on my new post Jadiee’sLittleBlog

    Have a nice day

    Jade

    • ninegrandstudent

      Thanks! x

  • Cauliflower is literally my food hero! I make cauliflower rice all the time but am still yet to try out cauliflower pizzza! Quinoa Crust sounds amazing too! x

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    • ninegrandstudent

      I’m slowly coming round to using it more – so versatile! x