Instead of going out this weekend, I suggested to Alan we make some homemade pizzas. Cheaper than takeaway and more fun than buying one from the supermarket. I love how creative you can be with the toppings and you know exactly what is going into them. We popped by Waitrose and picked out our ingredients.
Using cauliflower as a pizza base is pretty old news now, especially in the ‘blogging world’ but I had yet to try it. So as well as making two normal pizzas, we made an extra cauliflower based one. The first pizza was topped with yellow pepper, courgette, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion and goats cheese.
The next pizza had chorizo, mushroom and ham.
And finally, for our extra healthy cauliflower pizza we had red chilli, peri-peri chicken, sweetcorn and basil.
We cheated slightly by purchasing some ready-made pizza dough and rolled it out thin enough to stretch out across our pizza trays.
We then topped the dough with the appropriate toppings, with a sprinkle of oregano and set them aside.
We then began to prepare our cauliflower base. Firstly take your cauliflower and cut off all the florets… or just hack away at it like I did.
Place the cauliflower pieces into a food processor to break it down into a rice-like texture. You can also use a grater if you don’t own a food processor.
Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling film and cook in the microwave for approximately 8 minutes. Once it’s cooked, take either a cheesecloth or a clean tea towel and drain as much of the liquid out of the cauliflower. Then add an egg, salt, black pepper, some dried herbs (I chose basil), grated cheese and combine.
Once all mixed together, place a piece of greaseproof paper over the top of your pizza tray and flatten the cauliflower mixture onto the paper. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. We enjoyed a glass of Asti whilst we waited.
After about 15 minutes, the edges should start to brown and the whole base should feel a little firmer and able to take all those lovely toppings.
We popped all three in the oven for about 15 minutes and they came out looking mouth-wateringly good.
Cauliflower pizza is definitely one of my new favourite things! Obviously you know you’re not eating pizza and the base is slightly crumbly but you can still hold it like a pizza slice. It tastes just as good but without that guilty stodgy feeling you get from eating so many carbs.
It was a roaring success with the rest of the family, my brother preferred it over the normal pizzas and my dad didn’t even realise it was anything different!