April 03, 2013

Recipe: Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza

We sure do love pizza in our house.  Pizza has been our weak spot since we started eating largely vegan.  We make a mean BBQed vegan pizza (with Daiya cheese), but I wanted to try something healthier and gluten free.  Enter cauliflower crust pizza.  There are plenty of non-vegan recipes for this, using eggs and cheese to bind the cauliflower crust.  So I veganized it.  Mine turned out great except for next time I would carefully flip over the crust and par-bake it on both sides before adding the toppings.  that way it would be a bit crisper in the centre.  Other than that it was delish.  Hubs added some Valentina's hot sauce and love love loved it.

Vegan Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Makes 1 pizza - Serves 2

Cauliflower Crust
1/2 head cauliflower
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax + 6 tbsp warm water left to stand 5-10 minutes)
1/2 c almond meal (finely ground raw almonds)
1/2 c chickpea flour
1/4 c Daiya vegan cheese
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
pinch cayenne

1/2 c tomato sauce
pizza toppings of choice (I used pine nuts, red and orange peppers, sliced garlic)
sprinkling of Daiya cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 450.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Chop cauliflower roughly and place in food processor.  Pulse until fluffy and crumb-like, but do not overprocess or it will become dense and liquidy.  Transfer to a medium sized bowl and add remaining crust ingredients.  Knead until it holds together in a ball.  Add more chickpea flour if it won't come together. 

Place ball on parchment paper.  Cover with sheet of wax paper and press dough ball evenly on pan until about 1/8-1/4 inch thick.  Bake crust for 10 minutes.  Working carefully, place another piece of parchment paper on top of crust and flip over.  Peel parchment backing off carefully and return to oven for another 20 minutes.

Add sauce and toppings.  Sprinkle with Daiya cheese.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cut and serve immediately.

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