Steak Grill Cauliflower Pizza Crust

We all assume that healthy doesn’t taste good and that only bad things can make you feel comforted.  What if you could eat a pizza and not feel guilty. What if that pizza tasted really good?

The surprise, of course, is that this pizza is made of cauliflower.  Yes, cauliflower. Surprisingly it does taste great too and for a very small amount of calories.

It holds together and doesn’t crumble at your touch, especially if you prepare it right.  Apart from the texture, we said initially you wouldn’t know that it wasn’t dough  (that’s for each individual to decide though).  It tastes great and if you use a great choice of fillings too, you can’t slip up in the flavour department.

I chose a steak ‘theme’ for my pizza.  By steak theme I mean that onions, tomatoes and mushrooms are all things you’d all find on a plate with your steak and chips.  By now my readers know that I’m not a big fan of meat and I chose this topping firstly to do something different for me and secondly to please my husband ( I can only imagine what goes through his head when I tell him whats for tea) although I think he was pleasantly surprised!

I think the flavours on top are great together but like all pizzas, the topping is completely up to you, there aren’t any rules here.  You could put anything with this and it would work.  It is just amazing.  Who would have thought?

The trick with a cauliflower pizza base, it to squeeze as much water out as possible which creates a better consistency and helps the cauliflower base hold together better. Use a tea towel to ring it out.  Don’t forget to grease the tray well otherwise you will struggle to get the pizza off the tray.

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Steak Grill Cauliflower Pizza Crust
From the kitchen of mrswallscooks.wordpress.com

 

Ingredients
Serves 4
1 medium cauliflower
1 ball of mozzarella (halved)
50 g Parmesan (finely grated)
1 tsp thyme
2 eggs
40 g mature cheddar cheese (grated)
A handful of cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 small red onion (sliced)
A handful of mushrooms (sliced)
 200 g frying steak (cut into thin strips)

 

Method
Preheat the oven at 200ºc/400ºf/gas mark 6.  Prepare a baking tray for the pizza with a layer of baking paper over foil.
To make the cauliflower pizza base, begin by cutting the florets away.  Food process the cauliflower florets in two stages until it is blitzed into small pieces.  Steam the cauliflower for just under 10 minutes until soft.  Transfer onto a clean tea towel and squeeze all the excess water out of the cauliflower.  Add to a medium mixing bowl and allow to cool.
Use a grater to shred half of the mozzarella and slice the other half.  Add the shredded mozzarella to the bowl of cooled cauliflower along with the Parmesan, thyme and salt and pepper.  Mix together well.  Add the eggs and mix.
Spoon the cauliflower mix onto the baking tray and smooth down the mix into the shape you want for your pizza.  Try to get an even thickness throughout.
Place this in the preheated oven for 20 – 30 minutes.  At this point remove the pizza base from the oven and add the toppings including the sliced mozzarella, cheddar cheese, cherry tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.  Do not add the steak just yet.  Cook the pizza in the oven for a further  10 -15 minutes, adding the steak 3 – 4 minutes before the end of the cooking time, depending on how well done you like your steak!
Once bubbling and browning remove from the oven and serve.
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