You might be starting to realise, I am a bit (or more like, A LOT) of a pizza fan. On the odd occasion that we order pizza, I always get the one with the most toppings because its the mixture of flavours in the toppings that I enjoy the most. The bread base doesn’t faze me too much, so instead, I often create a vegetable base for my pizza. This adds enormous amounts of additional nutrients to your meal! I’ve previously created these beauties: chicken, pumpkin and avocado mushroom pizza and bacon and vegetable mushroom pizza. This time however, I dabbled with cauliflower for a base. I was almost certain it would flop, but it was surprisingly firm and crispy once baked. The best thing about this recipe is it’s a good throw together meal after work and if you really want to you can prep most of the ingredients in the morning.
- 1 cauliflower head
- 2 eggs, whisked lightly
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup mozzarella
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- handful of thyme sprigs, pick off & use leaves
- ¼ jap pumpkin, chopped and cooked
- 4 baby beetroot, chopped and cooked
- 2 chicken schnitzel pieces, cooked and sliced into strips
- 2 rashers of bacon, fat cut off, diced and cooked
- 1 handful of spinach leaves
- ½ cup Tasty or mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 small tin of tomato paste
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Line a pizza tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 200C.
- Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine.
- Put in microwave bowl with lid or cling wrap and cook for 4 minutes, or until softened.
- Place onto a tea towel and squeeze out any moisture in the cauliflower.
- Mix together the cauliflower, eggs, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic and oregano.
- Spread onto pizza tray in circular flat shape about 1cm thick.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Top with remaining ingredients (grated cheese last).
- Bake for a further 10 minutes until cheese has melted and edges are crisp and golden brown.
Of course you can add any toppings you like once you’ve made the base so get creative!
Have you tried cauliflower pizza before? What toppings do you think would work well with it?