I’ve been dabbling with alternatives to the usual bread pizza base, mainly because I have been cutting down on the amount of bread type products I eat and although I am not gluten intolerant, food allergy tests flagged up yeast as a potential allergen for me.
The Cauliflower Crust has been around for a while, I’m not a huge fan of Cauliflower and in my list of favourite vegetables it comes way down, but we do try to include it in curries or with broccoli when making a Cauliflower cheese type side dish.
I have been using the most popular recipe, this one is from Eat Drink Smile, but just google Cauliflower Crust and pages of similar recipes will come up. But I have seen other recipes out there and wanted to try a couple more for comparison.
They all start with ricing raw Cauliflower in a blender.
This one is our usual Cauliflower Crust for a pizza base.
The third one is from Hemsley and Hemsley, the recipe can be found here.
First one: As this has cheese in the base and is usually smothered with cheese on top, it’s not the low calorie choice, but it was firm enough to pick up a slice, very tasty and eaten by the 4 year old!
The second: this Cauliflower Crust recipe is a little different to the first, this one doesn’t require pre-cooking the Cauliflower (I checked the recipe at least 3 times!) or add any cheeses and has oats and ground almonds included too which I found appealing. It was less firm and more difficult to pick up but no less tasty.
The third: again with this recipe the Cauliflower doesn’t require pre-cooking, it has the addition of buckwheat flour which gave a lovely nutty flavour along with addition of ground almonds. This one was firm enough to flip over in the oven to cook the underside and also to pick up by hand when eating.
Which do we prefer?? We actually enjoyed all 3, I think I will meld the recipes a little to make my own version. I prefer to pre-steam the Cauliflower but I loved the addition of oats, buckwheat flour and almonds and we do like the cheese in the first which did firm the base up and for the girl the attraction of Pizza is eating it with her fingers!
Slosh on some homemade tomato sauce, a generous topping of grated Mozzarella, Mushrooms marinated in olive oil and whatever else takes your fancy and pop back in the oven for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted. Rustic and delicious too!
I will definitely be making a Cauliflower crust when making other dishes too, anything I would use as a bread base, even something simple like Mushrooms on “toast”, I can see this would work well.
Making these non-bread pizza crusts/bases has given me the impetus to try using other vegetables in place of cauliflower, I’m thinking sweet potato for one. If you’ve tried any alternatives. do let me know!