I love my pizza. Preferably with as much cheese as possible and almost burnt to be sure it is crunchy. So when I heard about cauli-pizza I just assumed pizza with cauliflower topping. But somewhere in the back of my head I had this nagging voice saying “duh it’s not that, it’s supposed to be a healthy option…” So I gave it a try. And it’s actually pretty good. Not to mention, it is so simple to make.
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. I steam the cauliflower for 5 minutes. Many websites I consulted said to grate it and then microwave for 5 minutes in water but personally I hate the microwave. We all saw the online video of the girl watering her plants with microwaved water… (if you have not seen it, google it, and you’ll never use a microwave again).
Blend the cauliflower into rice size bits and give it a good squeeze to ensure all the water gets out. I put the blended cauliflower in a clean tea towel and twisted and squeezed out as much liquid as possible. Seriously, you don’t want to skip this step or your crust won’t brown nicely and you will end up with a big sloppy mess.
In a bowl mix the cauli-rice, the cheese and eggs. Add some salt and pepper. For some variation you can add some garlic or fresh herbs. Line the baking tray with parchment paper and spread the mixture into a thin layer.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. I tend to leave it as long as possible in the hope it will get crunchy, but it never really does. It will take longer if you don’t squeeze out enough liquid.
Once the crust is ready, spread some freshly chopped tomatoes, mozzarella bits, sprinkle with some cheese. You actually can put whatever you like on the crust, as you would with a normal pizza. I really like finely cut capsicum rings.
Bake for a further 5 minutes or until topping is cooked to your liking. Your cauli-pizza is ready!
To be honest it will never replace a real crunchy pizza crust but it’s a really good alternative. Also I can imagine it would go down well with kids (mine is not at that stage yet but I’ll be sure to test it on him when he is old enough!).
If you have a way of making it crunchier please comment below, I would be keen to hear about it!
CAULIFLOWER PIZZA BASE RECIPE
- 1/2 head cauliflower, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded (Italian) cheese blend
- 1 egg
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 200oC. Line a baking tray or pizza stone with parchment paper.
- Steam cauliflower in a saucepan or microwave for approximately 5 minutes.
- Blend the cauliflower until fine. Use a clean tea towel to squeeze out liquid.
- In a bowl mix the caulk-rice with cheese, eggs and salt and pepper.
- Spread the mixture into a thin layer on the lined baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
- Top pizza crust with your favourite toppings and bake for a further 5 minutes.
Tips: The crust freezes really well, so you can make a couple at a time.