How To Make Cauliflower Pizza Base Uk The Best

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Craving pizza night but watching your carbs or gluten intake? Fear not! The humble cauliflower comes to the rescue with a fantastic low-carb, gluten-free alternative: the cauliflower pizza base. This veggie crust is surprisingly easy to make and creates a delicious foundation for your favorite pizza toppings.

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about crafting the perfect cauliflower pizza base at home, UK style. We’ll cover the ingredients readily available in British supermarkets, easy-to-follow directions, and the nutritional breakdown of this healthy pizza option.

Gluten Free Cauliflower Pizza Base - 87g  wholecreations
Gluten Free Cauliflower Pizza Base – 87g wholecreations

Ingredients:

Cauliflower: This is the star of the show! You’ll need around one small head of cauliflower, roughly 480g in weight, cut into florets.

  • Cheese: A combination of shredded mozzarella and grated parmesan adds cheesy goodness and helps bind the crust together. Aim for ½ cup of mozzarella (around 100g) and 2 tablespoons of parmesan (approximately 30g).
  • Egg: A single, small egg acts as a binder for the cauliflower mixture.
  • Seasonings: Spruce up your crust with a pinch of salt, a pinch of garlic powder, and ½ teaspoon of dried oregano for a classic pizza flavour. Freshly chopped basil can be added for an extra pop (optional).

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Cauliflower: Start by preheating your oven to 200°C (gas mark 6). Wash and chop your cauliflower florets into rice-sized pieces. You can achieve this using a food processor, a box grater, or by pulsing the florets in a blender.

    2. Steam the Cauliflower: Steaming helps soften the cauliflower and remove excess moisture, which is crucial for a crispy crust. Steam the riced cauliflower for 3-4 minutes, or until tender.

    3. Drain and Squeeze: Transfer the steamed cauliflower to a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth. Squeeze out as much moisture as possible. The drier the cauliflower, the crispier the crust will be.

    4. Mix it Up: In a large bowl, combine the steamed and squeezed cauliflower, shredded mozzarella, grated parmesan, egg, salt, garlic powder, and oregano. Mix well until everything is evenly incorporated.

    5. Shape the Base: Line a baking tray with baking paper. Transfer the cauliflower mixture onto the baking tray and use your hands to press it down firmly into a circular shape, aiming for a pizza base thickness of about 1cm.

    6. Bake and Crisp: Pop your cauliflower base into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. After the initial bake, flip the crust over using a spatula and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

    7. Top and Enjoy! Once your cauliflower base is beautifully browned and crispy, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. Top it with your favourite pizza toppings – tomato sauce, cheese, vegetables, meats – and bake for a further 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice, serve, and enjoy your delicious homemade cauliflower pizza!

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe typically yields one medium-sized cauliflower pizza base. Here’s a rough estimate of the nutritional breakdown per serving:

    Calories: 250-300 kcal

  • Fat: 15-20g (of which saturated fat: 10g)
  • Carbohydrates: 10-15g (of which sugar: 5g)
  • Protein: 20-25g

  • Please note: This is just an estimate, and the exact nutritional values may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use and the size of your pizza base.

    Conclusion:

    The cauliflower pizza base is a fantastic low-carb, gluten-free alternative to the traditional pizza crust. It’s surprisingly easy to make at home with readily available UK ingredients, and it creates a delicious and satisfying foundation for your favourite pizza toppings.

    This recipe allows you to enjoy pizza without compromising on taste or satisfaction. So next pizza night, why not give the cauliflower crust a try?

    FAQs:

    1. Can I use pre-riced cauliflower?

    Absolutely! Pre-riced cauliflower saves you time and effort. Look for it in the vegetable section of most UK supermarkets.

    2. What if I don’t have a food processor or blender?