Vine Recipe: Cauliflower Base Pizza

For the second of our alternative pizza month Vines, we made a base out of cauliflower. I’m sure you’ve seen this idea elsewhere – it’s been quite widely used as an alternative way to create a pizza base, making it gluten free. I’m not a big fan of cauliflower, so I had been approaching this one with a little trepidation – was it going to taste like an actual cauliflower, or would there be subtler tastes at work?

Cauliflower pizza ingredients
Cauliflower pizza ingredients

It took a little while longer to make than I would have expected, although given that we were making our own dough, it was not unreasonable. One word of warning: don’t use your favourite tea towel. It took two washes to get the smell of cauliflower juice out of ours, and leaving it for just one day before the wash was put on left it stinking in a way that I could barely believe. I thought at first the drains had somehow got blocked until I realised where the smell was coming from.

Cauliflower pizza
Cauliflower pizza

You can of course substitute your own toppings for those we have used here. One thing I had to notice is that it calls for a lot of parmesan. Perhaps a bit too much. You can definitely taste it in the base, but it is not very strongly flavoured. We had to put in a whole pot, which seems a bit excessive given the results. I’m not sure what the alternative would be, however.

Cauliflower pizza
Cauliflower pizza

How did it taste? Pretty much like a cheesy cauliflower pizza. It wasn’t terrible – far from it. If I had to get rid of gluten from my diet, maybe I’d try this recipe more often just to get my pizza fix. But this isn’t the best base we’ve had so far during alternative pizza month – the tortillas were so much tastier. I’d rate it somewhere around a 4/10. If you actually like the taste of cauliflower, then you will love this base. It’s also a bit crumbly though, so you might want to eat with knife and fork – although I did manage to pick up the slices by hand, it was a close thing.

Cauliflower pizza
Cauliflower pizza

Here’s the Vine, so you can see what it’s like to make!

And if you want to try it yourself, the recipe we followed:

Cauliflower base pizza
Serves 2
An alternative pizza base which is gluten free!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower
  2. Handful of basil, shredded
  3. Handful of oregano, shredded
  4. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  5. 50g parmesan (powder)
  6. 50g mozzarella (shredded into small pieces)
  7. 1 egg
Toppings
  1. Spinach
  2. 50g mozzarella, broken up into chunks
  3. Sweetcorn
  4. 5/6 mushrooms
  5. 1/4 red onion
  6. 50g-ish grated cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 240C.
  2. Trim the leaves/stem from the cauliflower head and chop up to 2 inch chunks.
  3. Rinse cauliflower under running water.
  4. Put cauliflower into blender until finely ground and powdery.
  5. Put the cauliflower in a microwaveable bowl and cover the bowl loosely with kitchen roll. Microwave for 3 minutes.
  6. Spread the cauliflower across a dish towel.
  7. When it is cool enough to hold, gather it all up in the middle and use the towel to wring out the water from the cauliflower. This will take you quite a while, so keep going. You'll have a tiny bit of cauliflower left compared to what you started with.
  8. Combine cauliflower, mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, basil, and garlic powder in a bowl with your hands.
  9. Add the egg and then combine until fully mixed.
  10. Put the mixture onto baking paper on top of a pizza tray and form the crust, around 1/4 inch think.
  11. Bake for around 10 minutes, until crust is golden brown and a little crispy at the edges.
  12. Put your chosen toppings onto the pizza, using the back of a spoon to spread the sauce.
  13. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until mozzarella is gooey and the crust looks well done.
Notes
  1. We used fresh herbs, but dried ones work too.
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