Pizza. Ahhh. I think I’m an addict! In Italy, I had it for dinner just about every night!
In true Italian style, there are two types of pizza: red and white.
Red obviously has the traditional pizza sauce spread over the base and your choice of toppings. White is often brushed with oil and a minimal amount of cheese and other toppings.
Some of our favourites include the traditional ‘red’ pizza with basil and olives topped with fresh baby spinach leaves (as in the pic). A white favourite comes adorned with Spanish onion, mushroom, blue cheese and oven baked sage leaves. Just thinking about that has me salivating :-).
But this is about making a pizza base from cauliflower, the perfect plant-based solution. We went on to make the traditional ‘red’ pizza mentioned above.
Ingredients for Pizza Base
- 1 large cauliflower head
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of cheese (we used parmesan cheese)
- 3 tsp oregano
- 4 cloves garlic
- sea salt and cracked pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius (about 400 Fahrenheit).
- Prepare two pizza dishes/stones/trays.
- Chop your cauliflower into small pieces and add them into a food processor.
- Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice.
- I steam my cauliflower for a few minutes (three to four), but you may wish to microwave yours in a covered bowl for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
7. Use a paper towel or your hands to squeeze excess moisture from the cauliflower.
8. Add the eggs, cheese, herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper and mix together.
9. Add to your dish/stone or tray and bake for 1/2 hour. You will see the base ‘brown’ up like the picture above.
10. Remove from the oven and add your toppings and pop back into the oven for about 7-8 minutes (keep an eye on it according to your oven).
We made our own simple tomato sauce on the stove in a medium/small pan. In this, we used basil, a can of tomatoes and tomato paste and olive oil. The secret is to cook the garlic in the olive oil first and add the tomatoes just as it begins to turn brown. Next, we separately made caramelized onion; we sliced red onion, added balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. For this, we used one onion and did guess work for the sugar and vinegar (do so depending on your preferred taste).
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