Cauliflower crust pizza

Are you looking for a delicious gluten-free alternative to traditional pizza? You have found it! Our tempting cauliflower crust pizza is a must for anyone looking for a healthier option. By combining cauliflower and ground almonds, we created a light and crispy pizza crust that is both filling and nutritious. Topped with tangy tomatoes, savory eggplant, and a generous amount of cheese, this pizza is a crowd-pleaser. Treat yourself to a guilt-free pizza experience that’s packed with flavors and textures. Try our cauliflower crust pizza and be surprised!

Ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower (approx. 750 g)
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 227 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ large eggplant, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus some for greasing
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • ½ small bunch of basil, leaves picked off
  • 125g ball mozzarella
  • 25g Grana Padano or Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus some extra for serving
  • a few pinches of chili flakes

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
  2. Remove the leaves from the cauliflower, cut off the stem end, and then cut it into pieces.
  3. Pulse half of the cauliflower in a food processor until finely chopped, similar to rice.
  4. Place the chopped cauliflower in a bowl and repeat the previous step with the remaining half of the cauliflower.
  5. Place all the cauliflower in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5-6 minutes until tender.
  6. Transfer the microwaved cauliflower to a clean tea towel and allow to cool slightly.
  7. Once the cauliflower has cooled, scrunch it up with a tea towel and squeeze as much liquid out of the cauliflower as possible.
  8. Place the drained cauliflower in a clean bowl.
  9. Stir in ground almonds, egg and oregano and season generously.
  10. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease with oil.
  11. Pour the cauliflower mixture into the center of the tray and, using a spoon and your hands, spread it into a 12-inch diameter circle. Make it a little thicker around the edges to create a “crust.”
  12. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown and crispy around the edges.
  13. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan and brush each eggplant slice on both sides with a little oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  14. Cook the eggplant slices on the griddle, turning once, until soft and charred, 5-6 minutes.
  15. Place the cooked eggplant slices on a plate.
  16. Brush the red onions with oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill until softened and charred, 5-8 minutes.
  17. To make the tomato sauce, puree the canned tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic and spices in a blender until smooth.
  18. Place the blended mixture in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook gently until thickened, 8-10 minutes.
  19. Pluck half of the basil leaves and stir into the tomato sauce.
  20. Let the cauliflower base cool slightly.
  21. Increase the oven temperature to 240°C/220°C fan/gas 8.
  22. Drain the mozzarella and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  23. Spread the tomato sauce over the cauliflower base and sprinkle with Grana Padano cheese.
  24. Arrange the cooked eggplant, red onions and mozzarella on top.
  25. Sprinkle chili flakes over the topping and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  26. Before serving, grate some cheese over the pizza and sprinkle with the remaining basil leaves.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • food processor or grater
  • Large baking tray
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • mixing bowls
  • Whisk or fork
  • spatula or spoon
  • Knife

Allergen information

This cauliflower crust pizza recipe may contain the following allergens:

  • Eggs
  • Tree nuts (almonds)
  • Dairy products (mozzarella, Grana Padano or Parmesan)

Please check the ingredients list and take precautions if you have allergies or dietary restrictions.

Storage and leftovers

If you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the pizza slices on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through.

You can also freeze the cauliflower crust pizza. Wrap individual slices or the entire pizza in plastic wrap and place in a freezer-safe container or bag. It can be frozen for up to 1 month. To reheat from frozen, place the pizza in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.

You can customize your pizza by adding different toppings or sauces. Enjoy!

Health Benefits of Cauliflower Crust Pizza

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional pizza crust, cauliflower crust pizza is an excellent choice. Not only is it low carb and gluten free, but it’s also full of important nutrients. Let’s explore the health benefits of this delicious and nutritious dish.

1. Rich in vitamins and minerals

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable rich in vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folic acid, which are critical for maintaining a healthy immune system, promoting bone health, and supporting cell growth and repair.

2. Rich in fiber

Cauliflower is rich in fiber, which aids digestion and helps regulate bowel movements. Including ground almonds in the crust also provides an extra dose of fiber, promotes satiety and supports a healthy digestive system.

3. Low calorie

If you’re watching your calorie intake, cauliflower crust pizza is a fantastic choice. Cauliflower is low in calories, making it an ideal replacement for the traditional refined flour pizza crust. By swapping out the high-calorie base, you can enjoy a filling pizza without feeling guilty.

4. Rich in antioxidants

The various ingredients used in pizza toppings, such as tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, basil and olive oil, are all full of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in protecting your body from free radicals, which cause oxidative damage and can lead to numerous health problems.

5. Good source of protein and calcium

The combination of eggs, mozzarella and Grana Padano cheese in the recipe provides a good amount of protein and calcium. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissue, while calcium is crucial for maintaining strong bones and teeth.

6. Suitable for gluten-free diets

Because the cauliflower crust pizza is made without conventional flour, it is completely gluten-free. This makes it an excellent option for those with gluten intolerances or those on a gluten-free diet.

7. Supports weight management

Because of its low carbohydrate and calorie content, cauliflower crust pizza can be a valuable addition to a weight management plan. The high fiber content helps you feel fuller for longer and reduces the likelihood of overeating or snacking between meals.

So why not try a cauliflower crust pizza? With its numerous health benefits, it not only satisfies your pizza cravings but also provides your body with essential nutrients. Enjoy a delicious, guilt-free meal today!

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