Ok ok so I know it’s not REAL Pizza, but once you get this right you may just fall in love with this pizza alternative. I’ve tried many alternatives to my fave doughy delight; broccoli base pizza, even pizza swapping normal flour for nut flour. They were all lovely, but I have to say this is by far my favourite pizza base alternative. Especially now I have mastered it! (Yes I is the master!).
There are plenty of recipes out there for low carb, flourless pizzas, but most don’t ACTUALLY give you a dough like texture. For me its all about textures (taste is also a must but that goes without saying right?!). If I am looking to kill a craving without crippling my tummy, or if I have that bikini body in mind, then the KEY is to trick my brain into feeling like I am eating the real deal. Sounds a bit crazy, but trust me it works wonders! A lot of your cravings are in your head, like smoking for example, most people are addicted to the feeling of holding the cigarette, popping it into their mouths then inhaling and exhaling, rather than the actual nicotine. I am a like that with food. Give me a healthy replacement and I can guarantee it will satisfy my craving, and what’s even better is I DON’T feel like I am carrying a 3 month old baby right after eating! RESULT!
I’ve experimented with this recipe a few times and although all times have been delicious, this last time I finally got the dreeeeaaam texture AND I was able to pick it up without it breaking or crumbling! Yaaaay! This it the type of pizza crust to fool your family and friends with, the kids will never know either (word to you mothers!). Its also the type you will want to eat again and again!
What you will need (makes two pizza bases) :
- 1kg cauliflower florets, riced
- 1 egg beaten (flax egg for vegans)
- ⅓ cup soft goats cheese (chevre) or cottage cheese. (vegans get a vegan friendly one- I’ve used it before. As long as the texture is right it will work!)
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon of tapioca starch (optional but great to get that desired dough like base )
- Blend cauliflower chunks into rice like texture.
- Once you have blended the chunks of cauliflower, steamed it in boiling water for 3- 5 minutes.
- Drain the steamed cauliflower in a fine-mesh strainer. Then transfer it into a clean,thin dishtowel.
Wrap the cooked cauliflower up in the towel (see picture) and STRAIN as much water out of it as you can get out of it! Squuuueeeeze and squeeeeze! (Gives you a little workout too!).
You will be amazed at how much water comes out! After this arm workout you should not only be left with toned arms BUT a lovely dry mash like texture.
Remember, it wont feel like your typical pizza dough but it will still hold together so don’t worry!
Press your dough out onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper!). Keep the dough quite thin and raised slightly on the corners to get that desired pizza crust (the raised sides is totally optional but definitely recommended for the ultimate cheat pizza!)
Now its ready to BAKE! Yaaaay!
Bake it for 25-35 minutes at 190 degrees. Meanwhile you can be cooking any toppings you may want to add. I have had chicken and veg, Steak and veggies, just cheese, just veggies, or even added an egg to the middle!
Once the base is cooked add your toppings- tomatoe cheese etc and pop back in the oven to allow the cheese to melt! Ensure any veggies or meat added is cooked prior to this as you don’t want to over cook your pizza base!
This recipe makes two, so to save yourself a job later down the line why not freeze one base?! You will thank yourself for it in future!
Hope you enjoy pizza lovers ❤️🍕