So this might sound a bit strange, but believe me it tastes fine. Very very good actually. And it’s so much healthier, though I am sure you won’t notice, that you can enjoy it with no guilty feelings whatsoever. I wont really compare it with pizza though, because the texture is not the same, but as a tasty, crispy, cheesy base for pizza’ish toppings, it’s a winner in its own category! And I promise, it really doesn’t taste like cauliflower….
Cauliflower pizza base( makes 1 large pizza/ serves 2)
1 cup cooked riced cauliflower (1 head of cauliflower makes approximately 2 cups of riced cauliflower, so in essence, 2 pizzas – just double the rest of the ingredients)
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp dill
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp salt
Toppings of your choice*
*Toppings I Chose:
250 g salmon, cut into thin ribbons. You can also use smoked salmon, but remember that it is very salty, so use less.
80 g cream cheese or sour cream
50 g pickled ginger, thinly sliced
100 g wild rocket
Caviar or cavi-art as Mediterranean delicacies brands their version (seaweed to be used as caviar)
1 tbsp spring onions, finely chopped
70 ml extra virgin olive oil
20 ml soy sauce
2 onions, sliced
100 ml verjuice or balsamic vinegar
4 tsp brown sugar
Brown the onions in 20 ml olive oil. Lower the heat. Add the sugar and verjuice/vinegar and cook till reduced and sticky.
Combine the spring onions, olive oil ans soy sauce to form a dressing.
To rice the cauliflower: either pulse in food processor till it looks like grain, not too fine that it becomes mushy, or grate it with a cheese grater. Cook it in the microwave for 7 minutes (don’t add any water).
Preheat oven to 230 degrees Celsius.
Combine cauliflower, mozzarella, garlic, egg, dill and salt. Put it on a baking sheet and form into rounded base, or free form into any shape you like! Brush with olive oil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with onions, salmon, cream cheese or sour cream, ginger and rocket. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy.
If you are using toppings that need to warmed on the pizza (for example cheese that needs to be melted) add them once the base is done and grill for 4-5 minutes. You will need to cook any raw ingredients beforehand. I hope you are as happy with this new discovery as I am!
Nutritional Information for the entire crust:
calories: 434, fat: 25 g, carbohydrates: 8 (net), 13 if counting all, fiber: 5 g, protein: 41 g.