Cauliflower Crust Pizza: A Healthy Alternative!



A warning in advance: if you want a quick and easy lunch, then this recipe is not for you! But if you have the time and want to create the most delicious, healthiest pizza you have ever tasted, it's definitely worth a try. I mean a lowcarb pizza?! Soon there will be such a thing as a fat free chocolate cake... Oh hang on a minute! 

Anyway, getting on with the recipe. Cauliflower isn't something I would usually go out and buy but when I seen Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipes popping up on the blogosphere I had to give it a go!



YOU WILL NEED:


For the crust:
  • 1 Medium Cauliflower Head 
  • 1 tbsp wholewheat flour
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp each dried oregano and basil
  • 1/4 tsp each garlic and red pepper powder
  • Sprinkle of chilli powder, salt and pepper
  • 1tsp yeast (optional)

For the tomato topping:
  • 1/4 cup passata 
  • 1tbsp tomato purée
  • 1tsp sweet chilli sauce
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp each oregano and basil
  • Toppings: whatever your heart desires! I used a selection of chopped, sliced & diced veggies ( mushroom, pepper, onion, courgette and corn) along with tuna and fresh basil leaves to top. As I made this for my whole family, I put grated cheese on half trying to hide the fact that this was a heathy, clean recipe! 

METHOD:


For the crust:

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  1. Wash the cauliflower and cut off the florets. Place in a food processor and blitz for 20 seconds or so. You should have a snow-like consistency.
  2. Place in a microwaveable container, cover and cook in the microwave for 4 minutes on a medium heat. Take out and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 8, placing a baking tray on the top shelf.
  4. Use a tea-towel or sieve to drain as much water as possible from the cauliflower. You should end up with something resembling a ball of dough. 
  5. Place in a bowl along with the flour, oil, oregano, basil, garlic, red pepper, chilli, seasoning and yeast. Mix everything together (preferably using your hands) before adding the egg. Combine.
  6. Spread the pizza base out on a bit of greased parchment/ grease proof paper or tinfoil (preferably not tinfoil as it does stick a bit... unfortunately that's all I could find!) ensuring that it is around 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Place into the oven, on top of the baking tray, and bake for 12 minutes until the crust is hard and golden.



For the topping:

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  1. While the pizza is in the oven, combine all of the tomato-sauce toppings in a bowl.
  2. Stir-fry your veg (if using) and prepare all other toppings (grate the cheese, chop up the cooked chicken etc.)


Putting it all together:
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  1. Spread the tomato sauce topping onto the pizza and top with your veg, cheese, meat etc.
  2. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes and top with fresh basil once cooked.



I served mine with a small side salad (as usual) ...











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So, there you have it. A healthy (well as healthy as you want it to be really) pizza recipe. What do you all think? Will you be giving this a go? What's your favourite pizza toppings?

4 click here to leave your opinion :) :

  1. I love how you used alternative ingredients to make what looks like a delicious crust! I love sticking in nutritious ingredients wherever I can. I did something similar with some yummy scones. Cheers to your genius!

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  2. Have you ever made a few in advance and frozen the pizza crust before the final finish? Would that work?

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