No flour pizza – Cauliflower crust pizza with mushrooms, fontina, cherry tomatoes and basil
Since everyone has been talking about this pizza from a friend in Island to another friend in Italy, I wanted to try it out for myself. The particularity of this pizza is that the crust is made out of ground cauliflower, cheese and eggs, no flour. The first time I made it, the crust was a bit soft and soaked, due to the fact that I did not squeeze enough liquid from the cauliflower, but with a delicious flavor, so I wanted to make it right with a decent textured crust. The secret is to squeeze all water from the cauliflower after it’s been microwaved.
I am used to Italian pizza, the way they’re served in Italy. Usually, they don’t put any garlic, or onions, the ingredients are simple and of good quality so I like to keep simple. Of course, you can put any toppings of your choice, the focus of this pizza is primary its crust, not the toppings.
For the tomato sauce, I like to use whole San Marzano tomatoes, that I crush in the mixer, make sure you don’t buy the kind with added basil or garlic, or onion. They tend to be acidic and with a strong unnatural flavor.
I was skeptical at first, then after tasting it, I was amazed at the crust texture, it was so delicious that you forget that there is no dough…no flour, no yeast, just cauliflower. Now it’s an all time favorite in this house!
Ingredients for a large pizza
For the crust
- One large cauliflower, finely grated
- 120 g hard mozzarella, finely grated
- 50 g parmigiano reggiano, finely grated
- 2 eggs
For the toppings
- 1 small can of plain and whole San Marzano tomatoes
- about 10 large crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 50 g Italian fontina cheese, thinly sliced
- 100 g mozzarella, sliced
- 1 box of cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
- dried oregano for sprinkling
- 4-5 large leaves of fresh basil, chopped or en chiffonade
- extra virgin olive oil for sprinkling
For the toppings
Cook mushrooms in a little olive oil and salt, until water evaporates. Keep aside. Cook crushed tomatoes with a little salt in a pot until you obtain a thick sauce, with no water (about 10 minutes). Set those aside.
For the crust
Microwave ground cauliflower in a large container for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from microwave and let it cool. Place cauliflower in a cheese cloth or a large cotton towel and squeeze firmly until the water comes out. You need to remove the excess moisture from the cauliflower. In another container, mix cauliflower, cheeses, eggs and salt. Mix well until you obtain an homogeneous dough.
Pre heat oven at 420F. Cut parchment paper the size of your pizza pan. Spread the dough evenly on top of the parchment paper. The crust should be about 3-4 mm thick. Form a nice a smooth round circle with your dough.
Place in the oven for about 15 minutes until the dough gets lightly golden. Remove from the oven and start adding the toppings.
Spread tomato sauce first, then add mushrooms. The next layer is the cheese, place cheese slices evenly on top, add cherry tomatoes, and finish with oregano.
Cook in a pre heated oven at 420F until cheese has melted. Add basil and drizzle with some olive oil. Serve hot
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