How to eat pizza when you can’t eat pizza

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One of the challenges I face when cooking is catering to the food allergies and intolerances in our household. Between us, we have to be very careful with wheat, dairy, soy and nuts.

I love pizza. Wee Dude loves pizza. We can’t go to the shops and get a regular pizza. So we make our own pizza, using cauliflower!

Sounds weird, tastes amazingly delicious. And you’re sneaking in vegetables at the same time, win! This mixture feeds two.

  • Half a head of cauliflower
  • 3 small or 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (optional)

Preheat oven to 200ºC. Put a sheet of baking paper onto a large, shallow oven tray.

Cut the cauliflower up and place in a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles small rice grains (“riced”). Transfer the riced cauliflower to a covered bowl and microwave for 8 minutes.

Tip the cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and squeeze to get as much moisture out as possible (try to get at least a cup out). The more dry you can get the cauliflower, the crispier the base will be.

Mix the squeezed cauliflower with the eggs and seasonings. Divide mix in two and spread into thin circles, bake for 20 minutes on the top rack.

Remove tray from oven and top bases with pizza sauce and your choice of toppings. Return to oven for a further 10 minutes.

If you don’t have to avoid dairy, you can replace one of the eggs with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella in the cauliflower mixture. You can also take the base out of the oven after 10 minutes, top with a filling of your choice and fold the base over like a burrito. Bake for a further 10 minutes for a delicious cauliflower crust hot pocket!

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