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Monday, 27 February 2012

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

This weeks new meal is not from a particular country but is one that I found on pinterest. Cauliflower has made its way into my shopping basket for three consecutive weeks now and for a vegetable I didn't think I particularly liked, I am loving the recipes I have used it for - cauliflower mash and cauliflower poppers - these poppers are AMAZING! - seriously go buy a cauliflower NOW and make them!

This weeks was no exception, cauliflower crust pizza - intriguing! A healthier low carb alternative to traditional pizza and I must admit that I was impressed with the results! There is no point pretending that it tastes exactly like pizza because it doesn't - how could it - there is no bread! But the base is yummy especially when topped with some delicious toppings - I have adapted the recipe to include my favourite toppings but you could use whatever you like! I made the whole recipe and it was enough for one main meal and two packed lunches or it would serve two people for a main meal (You will need to eat this one with a knife and fork!)

Taste - ****
Speed - ***
Repeat - YES :)

Cauliflower Crust Pizza - Two Cheese Sausage and Roast Vegetable Version!
adapted from eat-drink-smile


1 red pepper, chopped into chunks
1 red onion, chopped into chunks
2 large mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 sausage, thinly sliced
Half a ball of mozzarella, grated
Handful of Red Leicester cheese, grated

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tin of tomatoes
Small handful of torn basil leaves (I didn't have any so used a sprinkling of dried oregano)

1/2 head cauliflower (you need 1 cup of cooked cauliflower)
1 egg
1 ball of mozzarella (about a cup when shredded)
1 tsp dried oregano
1 small garlic glove finely chopped/crushes
1/4 tsp garlic powder

1. Heat oven to 200C.
2. Put vegetables for the topping on a baking sheet, drizzled with a little oil and cook for about 20-25 minutes
3. Pulse cauliflower florets in blender until grainy - but not pureed - I did mine a few at a time and this worked fine!
4. Microwave cauliflower for 8 minutes
5. Add 1 cup of cauliflower to a bowl with all of the other crust ingredients and mix to combine
6. Lightly brush a baking sheet with oil and put the crust mixture onto the sheet, use your hands or a spoon to shape it into your pizza base
7. Bake crust for 15 minutes until the edges are lightly browned
8. Meanwhile, fry garlic in small saucepan and add tinned tomatoes, heat through and then stir through basil
9. Fry sausages in a non stick pan until cooked through
10. Bring veggies and crust out of the oven
11. Spread tomato sauce over you crust and then top with vegetables and sausage
12. Sprinkle with cheese
13. Put pizza under the grill until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 5 minutes.
14. Enjoy!

Love Rebecca

PS. I had a piece for lunch today and it was just as good if not better!

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