Recipe of the Week - Pizza made from Cauliflower

If the trend for using blitzed cauliflowers as an alternative to rice (for curries) and wheat (for pizzas) seems a little contrived, then try this recipe from Josephine Malene Kofod (atastylovestory.com).  The challenge with using veg to make a pizza dough is to create something crispy that can be eaten by hand, without it falling apart. Many recipes use lots of eggs, but this one opts for cauliflower and goat's cream cheese. It will work well with a slightly different, less cheesy topping.  Makes 4 small pizzas or 1 large one.

Ingredients:

For the crusts

  • 1 medium-size cauliflower, grated
  • 100g goat's cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper

For the tomato sauce

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes
  • A handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • A pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • Salt and black pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.To make the crust, add the cauliflower to a pot of boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain, then wrap in a teatowel and squeeze out any excess water.  In a bowl, mix the grated cauliflower with the cream cheese and egg, and season.  Divide the cauliflower mix into four portions and, using your hands, shape the crusts on the sheet. They should be about 1-1½cm thick. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until firm and golden. 

While the crusts are baking, heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and saute for a few minutes. Add the garlic and stir briefly, then add the rest of the ingredients. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.  When the crusts are done, add a spoonful of tomato sauce to each and spread evenly. Add toppings as desired, plus grated cheese.  Bake the pizzas for about 10 minutes at 220C/450F/gas mark 8, until the cheese is golden.