Pizza with cauliflower crust
Serves 4 | 20min + 15min | Medium
If you're the least bit like us you love comfort food. Now there are as many different foods people consider "comforting" as there are people in the world, but there is one that I guarantee we can all agree on - pizza. The simple genius of this, the most quintessentially Italian food, is the perfect combination of simple ingredients - tomato, cheese and flour. When made well, it can be one of the greatest foods you'll ever eat, so who are we to mess with a perfect recipe? Well, let me tell you who we are.
We are Anton and Lotta, we are both currently 29 years old and both hugely enjoy the music of Bon Iver. We both come from the Finnish city of Espoo -- oh, it was a rhetorical question? Sorry.
Anyway, back to why we want to mess with a perfect recipe.
The thing is, we don't want to mess with a perfect recipe. Normal pizza has it's place in every persons life. This recipe is not meant as a substitute for a good pizza, but instead it exists so that you can eat pizza twice as often and with half the guilt.
In short, this recipe is meant to double your pizza intake! And here's another rhetorical question for you: How can anything that doubles (!) the amount of pizza you eat be bad in any way??
This recipe is something we originally read on the fantastic Green Kitchen Stories blog, but have since seen in many, many places in the vegetarian-food-blog-verse. What separates this from a normal pizza is that the dough is made from ground cauliflower, which means you can eat a lot more of it without getting the post-pizza heavies (as we like to call the feeling you get after eating an entire pizza and have to lie down on a couch for at least an hour).
This recipe might sound slightly complicated at first, but it's really not. Try it and you'll see!
And you'll probably get as hooked on it as we did. (Almost) guilt-free pizza is a pretty life changing thing, trust us.
50g sunflower seeds
4 medium tomatoes
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
a large handful of basil leaves
salt & pepper
125g mozzarella cheese
a handful of kale
a handful of fresh spinach leaves
a few left-over basil and arugula leaves
Turn your oven on to 225°C
Grind the cauliflower head into a small grain, almost like a fine flour (see the picture above to get an idea of what it should look like), with a food processor and pour into a large bowl
Grind the almonds and sunflower seeds into a fine flour with the food processor and add them to the cauliflower
Add the eggs and a large pinch of salt and mix everything thoroughly (don't worry if it feels too dry, at this point it should feel slightly sticky and wet, it'll hold together just fine once you pat it down on the baking tray)
Pour the mixture onto a baking tray and spread it with your hands (or a spoon) all over the baking tray (this recipe will cover one standard baking tray). Try to make sure it's spread as evenly as possible.
Place the crust in the oven and pre-bake it for 15min until it gets a slight golden touch
Make the tomato sauce while the crust is in the oven:
Slice and dice the garlic and onion, and fry them in some oil in a frying pan until they turn slightly translucent
Cut the tomatoes into small cubes, and throw them in the pan with the onions
Chop or rip up the basil leaves and toss them onto the sauce
Turn down the heat and let everything simmer for 10-15min until the tomatoes have broken down and everything has a distinctly sauce-like consistency (you can add a dash of water in the beginning if the tomatoes aren't super fresh)
When the crust is done, take it out and spread the tomato sauce all over it, make sure to get that sauce all over the place
Slice, rip, or dice the toppings and spread them all over the pizza (you can use pretty much any topping you like here)
Place the pizza in the oven and bake for 10-12min at 225°C
When the cheese has melted and the kale gets slightly burned around the edges the pizza is done
Take it out and garnish with fresh spinach leaves, any left-over green leaves or herbs you might have
Enjoy with your friends!