So another way of doing pizza!
The cauliflower is an extraordinarily versatile vegetable. For too many years I only ever thought about it as cauliflower cheese. But since I’ve been low carbing, I’ve discovered just how many different dishes it can be used in. I have to confess, though, that when I first heard that you could make pizza out of cauliflower, I really wasn’t convinced! Eventually, though, I gave it a try. And even though it wasn’t perfect the first time, I could really see the potential.
Making pizza out of cauliflower is more time-consuming that just ordering out, or buying a ready-made one. But if you’re a committed low carber, and you want pizza, it’s not half bad!
Here’s what you do:
Ingredients for the base
One ball of mozzarella
Here’s how to make it.
– Cut the leaves off the cauliflower, and then cut it into florets
– In a food processor, blitz the florets until they’re the consistency of couscous
– Tip this into a microwave-safe bowl, cover, and microwave on high for 8 minutes
– Set aside and let it cool
– Whilst it’s cooling, grate the cheeses
– When it’s cooled, tip the cauliflower onto a clean tea towel or muslin, pull all the corners together, twist and then squeeze so that you’re getting all the moisture out of the cauliflower. It will release a surprising amount of liquid! Keep going until you’ve got as much moisture out as you can
– Put the cauliflower into a large bowl, add the grated cheeses and the egg. Season with black pepper. Mix together with your hands and press it together into a ball
If you have a pizza stone, this is good to use. Otherwise, a heavy baking tray is fine. (Non-stick is preferable) Put the oven on, at around 200 (fan)
– Tip the cauliflower mixture on to the stone/tray, and using your fingers, press it out into a round, as evenly as possible
– Bake it in the oven for around 10-15 minutes until it’s browned. You’re aiming to cook it, but also dry it out.
– After this time, if you can, turn it over so that you can also cook the other side. If it’s stuck a bit, turn the oven off, but put the base back in for another 10-15 minutes. You’re aiming to dry it out rather than cook it much more.
It should look like this:
Then you’re ready to add your toppings.
This is what I did:
One carton of chopped tomatoes (I used Sainsbury’s Basics)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt/black pepper
2 cloves of garlic
How to make it:
– In a medium sized saucepan, heat the olive oil
– Add the tomatoes, and bring to the boil
– Season with the salt and pepper
– Simmer until reduced and thickened (takes about 10 minutes)
– Add the garlic, finely chopped, or crushed in a garlic press
Allow this to cool before you top the cauliflower base.
What you then add to the pizza is up to you. I used:
– two shallots, finely sliced
– one red chilli, sliced
– black olives
– slices of mozzarella (one ball)
– a good shake of dried oregano
It looked like this before it went in the oven:
Bake for around 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the shallots are sufficiently cooked.
Before serving, garnish with some leaves of fresh basil.
Hopefully it is dry/cooked enough for you to be able to pick up a slice; but if it’s a bit soggy in the middle, don’t worry. It still tastes like pizza, and it’s really satisfying!