Vegetarian Cauliflower Pizza

I’m obsessed with cauliflower at the moment! It is such a versatile veggie which you can substitute for so many different things! I was a bit hesitant about how cauliflower pizza would taste, but boy, I was not disappointed! My dad, who is the fussiest eater I know, even scavenged a whole piece and has requested a cauliflower pizza night soon!

 

Makes- 1 medium pizza

Cooking time- 45 minutes

Ingredients

Base-

¼ head of cauliflower

1 tab parmesan cheese

1 tsp mixed Italian herbs

1 egg, beaten

2 tsp garlic infused oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

Toppings-

½ cup tomato passata

Small bunch of basil

1 tab extra virgin olive oil

4 mushrooms

¼ large capsicum

3 leaves of silverbeet

½ fresh tomato

Grated cheese (to liking)

 

Process

  1. Preheat oven at 200 degrees celcius.
  2. Chop cauliflower into manageable pieces. Put chopped cauliflower into food processor and pulse until cauliflower is fine.
  3. Place cauliflower in the microwave with ¼ cup of water for 8 minutes, or until soft. Stir at about half way.
  4. While the cauliflower is in the microwave, place passata, half the basil and olive oil in a small saucepan and simmer over a low heat. This allows the passata to gain a nice basil flavour!
  5. Once the cauliflower is cooked through, remove and strain all excess water from the cauliflower. I find it is easiest to put the cauliflower in a clean tea towel and strain the liquid from it that way. This will allow you to get a crunchy base.
  6. Place strained cauliflower into a bowl with parmesan cheese, Italian herbs, beaten egg, oil and season with salt and pepper. Combine the mixture.
  7. Place the cauliflower mix on a greased tray and spread to make a pizza-like shape. Place in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until golden.
  8. While the base is cooking, chop the vegetables for the toppings. Wilt silverbeet in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Once wilted, remove from heat.
  9. Once the base is golden brown, remove and spread tomato and basil passata on top. Add fresh vegetables and wilted silverbeet. Top with cheese of choice and basil.cauliflower-pizza-3
  10. Return the pizza to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.16299423_1725338484446068_6714497077858108211_n

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