Seasonal Healthy Pizza

Did you know cauliflower is particularly good in April?  Did you know cauliflower doesn’t have to bring back memories of hideous mushy school dinners?  It doesn’t have to be boring or nasty. We’ve all see cauliflower pizza on Instagram, so why not try to making it this week?

Ingredients:

  • 340g raw cauliflower, fresh or frozen
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 75g low-fat mozzarella cheese, grate 50g and slice the remaining 25g for the topping
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic granules or powder
  • sea salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons passata (you can either make this yourself or jazz up a shop bought sauce with seasoning and herbs)
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • fresh oregano or basil, to garnish

Method:

Line a pizza stone or tray (or just an ordinary baking tray) with greaseproof paper.
Pre-heat the oven to 210C/420F/Gas mark 7.

Grate the cauliflower, or process it in a food processor; you are looking to achieve fine crumbs, but do not purée it. If using frozen cauliflower, squeeze excess water out of it and crumble with your hands if possible.

Microwave the cauliflower crumbs for 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft. You can also steam or boil the cauliflower, but you will need to squeeze the excess water out of it afterwards if cooked with water.

Place the cauliflower crumbs in to an large mixing bowl and add the egg, grated mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, you should have a fairly stiff but malleable dough.  Place the cauliflower dough onto the prepared tray and pat out into a large circle, about 12.5cms (10″) in diameter and about 1.5cms (1/2″) thick.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.

Once you’ve taken it out of the oven, spread the passata over the cooked dough, then place the sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle the chilli flakes over, scatter over the minced garlic and onion rings, season to taste with salt and pepper, and then arrange the sliced mozzarella cheese over the top.

Bake for 10 minutes or until the topping is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Scatter fresh oregano or basil leaves over and serve cut into wedges with salad leaves.

Step 1 Line a pizza stone or tray (or just an ordinary baking tray) with greaseproof paper.
Pre-heat the oven to 210C/420F/Gas mark 7.
Step 2 Grate the cauliflower, or process it in a food processor; you are looking to achieve fine crumbs, but do not purée it. If using frozen cauliflower, squeeze excess water out of it and crumble with your hands if possible.
Step 3 Microwave the cauliflower crumbs for 5 to 6 minutes, or until soft. You can also steam or boil the cauliflower, but you will need to squeeze the excess water out of it afterwards if cooked with water.
Step 4 Place the cauliflower crumbs in to an large mixing bowl and add the egg, grated mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, herbs, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well, you should have a fairly stiff but malleable dough, as seen in my photos.
Step 5 Place the cauliflower “dough” onto the prepared tray and pat out into a large circle, about 12.5cms (10″) in diameter and about 1.5cms (1/2″) thick. Spray the top with a little low-fat cooking spray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.
Step 6 Place the sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle the chilli flakes over, scatter over the minced garlic and onion rings, season to taste with salt and pepper, and then arrange the sliced mozzarella cheese over the top.
Step 7 Bake for 10 minutes or until the topping is bubbling and the cheese has melted. Scatter fresh oregano or basil leaves over and serve cut into wedges with salad leaves.
Step 8 For a paleo friendly version, omit the cheese.

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