Cauliflower Pizza Base
Cauliflower alternatives are becoming increasingly popular amongst people trying to substitute carbs and calories with something a bit healthier. They’re also a great alternative for those who are intolerant to gluten or just want to attempt to make their favorite dinner a bit less heavy.
You will need:
- – 5 cups cauliflower florets (about half a large cauliflower/1 medium head)
- – Dry cloth to wring out excess moisture
- – 2 medium eggs
- – Pinch of salt
- – 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs (such as oregano and basil)
- – ¼ cup mozzarella or fresh parmesan, grated
- Rinse florets under cold water, but don’t dry. Remove the leaves and chop into smaller pieces.
- Place florets in a food processor and process until fine and ‘rice-like’ in texture.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or microwave for 8 minutes to dry out and cook.
- Transfer to a dry cloth to wring out the excess moisture – allow to cool first.
- Squeeze as much water out of the cauliflower as possible. You may have to rotate and move the cauliflower round quite a bit to ensure its fully dry.
- Transfer this mixture to a bowl and fully combine with other ingredients.
- Shape into a large ball and gently flatten until it is thin and round. You may want to keep the edges thicker to get the ‘authentic’ risen dough look.
- Bake in the pizza oven for about 2 minutes, until it is set.
- Top with sauce and all of your favorite ingredients and bake for a further 10 minutes, until all of the ingredients are cooked/cheese is melted.
To make life easier, you can now buy ready-made cauliflower ‘rice’, which is especially handy if you don’t have a processor. This will just need cooking as per the directions (often simply in the microwave for a few minutes) and then follow the instructions onwards from step 4.
It can also be adjusted into a vegan or dairy-free recipe – simply cut out the cheese and eggs and combine 50ml water and 2 tbsp ground chia or flax seeds, to create a thick ‘egg substitute’.
You may have heard of cauliflower rice, but cauliflower pizza bases are made in pretty much the same way and taste just as fabulous as the flour-based alternatives – you probably won’t even notice it isn’t the ‘real thing’ once it is smothered with all your favorite cheese and toppings anyway.
It could be a great way to up your vegetable intake or feed any veg-phobic children without them even realizing how crafty you are being. You may be thinking that, as cauliflower retains a lot of natural water and can go quite mushy, it is the last thing you would make a crispy pizza crust with. This recipe will prove you wrong!
What does a cauliflower pizza base taste like?
While cauliflower on its own has a very distinct flavor, once you’ve baked it into a pizza base form it only has a very gentle hint of its original flavor. So subtle in fact, it’s almost flavorless to eat – all the more reason to load up on your favorite sauce and toppings!
Ok, so we might be biased here – but we really think this is the best cauliflower pizza base recipe you’ll find on the internet. It will make one 10-12” pizza, around 8 slices. Adjust the ingredients accordingly if you’d like to make more.