Cauliflower Pizza Base with Brinjal Tomato Pesto and Double Cheese Topping

Oh yes, this is happening !!! …. The Cauliflower Pizza Base from decades ago is now being relived. Okay, maybe not ‘decades’ but at least a decade….  Shock and horror !  I am bringing back the Cauliflower Pizza Base in all its form and glory. Seriously, there isn’t anything wrong with going into the archives and digging out an old antiquated recipe is there?  Especially if it was all great and successful ‘in its day’…..come on guys, work with me here….this is awesome !!! and it is healthy !!!, and it is low carb !!! (if you are into that kind of thing). Back in the day, when I first made this Cauliflower Pizza Base, of course I was dubious, I mean, who wouldn’t be…Cauliflower isn’t the most tastiest veg unless smothered in cheese…right? well, at the time, that was the only way I would eat Cauliflower…you know the fave veggie dish then, was cauliflower cheese sauce (what is not to love). Anyway, so I remember finding a recipe on Pinterest, but of course didn’t have the exact ingredients, so subbed here and there, and the end result was amazing!  I actually surprised myself, and of course to sweeten matters, I then loaded it with cheese, bacon, more cheese, peppers and just for good measure…even more cheese.  Need I say the pizza was awesome.

Now, years later…this pizza may not be drowning in cheese but it was just so good, I just had to share….

Cauliflower Pizza Base with Brinjal Tomato Pesto and Double Cheese Topping

Preparation time:  20  minutes

Cooking time:  30 – 40 minutes

Total time:  50 – 60 minutes

Serves 1 or 2

Ingredients:

2 cups (250 milliliters) Cauliflower Rice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 large garlic clove, chopped

1/3 cup (80 milliliters) grated mozzarella cheese

1/3 cup (80 milliliters) grated white cheddar cheese

1 egg

1 teaspoon dried oregano/origanum

1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil

For the topping:  

Tomato pesto

Grilled brinjal/Eggplant

Grated mozzarella cheese

Feta

Chopped fresh basil

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius / 390 degrees Fahrenheit (I used a fan oven).

Microwave cauliflower rice for 3 minutes 50 seconds.  Place in the middle of a dish cloth, bring up the sides of the cloth, twist and ring out as much water as possible from the cooked cauliflower.  The cauliflower will be scorching hot, so be careful not to burn your hands.  Do this squishing and twisting of the cloth with the cauliflower in several times.  Let it rest for a few minutes and do it again.  Remember the more water left in the cauliflower, the more soggy your pizza base will be!

Once all the water is out, spoon the dried cauliflower into a large bowl. At this stage it will be all mashed together and will look minute in size.  Add all of the other base ingredients and mix together with a spoon. The mixture may feel a bit wet, but form a ball with it as best you can and then flatten it on a greased baking tray with greased baking paper or better still if you have a silicone mat (this works so well).  Flatten it to the thickness you want.  I personally like mine to be really quite thin.  Then place in the oven for about 30 minutes.  By this time it should be a nice golden brown.  Take it out of the oven and carefully turn it over.  Let it cook on the opposite side for an extra 5 – 10 minutes.  Take it out of the oven and then put the topping on (excluding the fresh basil) and return it to the oven for another 5 minutes.  Just before serving add a little more feta if you want and the fresh chopped basil.

Enjoy 🙂

To make your own Cauliflower Rice:  Cut a head of cauliflower in half.  This will make it easier.  Then with a sharp knife slice and chop the florets until it resembles ‘rice’.  This can be a bit messy and a bit time consuming, but it is worth it.  Alternatively, if you have a food processor, process the florets by pulsing until it resembles ‘rice’.

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41 thoughts on “Cauliflower Pizza Base with Brinjal Tomato Pesto and Double Cheese Topping

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Another delicious recipe by my friend Lynne over at Lynne’s Recipe Trails. Check out her post if a cauliflower pizza base with brinjal tomato pesto and double cheese topping tickles your fancy.

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    • Oh dear…sorry…cauliflower rice is just the head of a cauliflower which is all chopped up fine (like rice) It can be a bit of a job, and I usually have bits of cauliflower flying all over the show when I do it by hand. You also can do this in a processor by just pulsing it a few times (less mess, just try not overdo it). Most grocery stores also now have the cauliflower pre-packed all processed already like rice, so it makes life a lot easier. I am not sure what you have on your side of the world. This certainly is a guilt-free pizza, and cheese will always save the day. You can’t really mess this up though, trust me, the big thing is to get as much water out from the cauliflower once cooked. Hope you enjoy when you try it. 🙂

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  2. I love cauliflower and eat cauliflower rice..a pizza base? it looks very pretty I have not tried making one not because I don’t like cauliflower I am not a pizza fan..Cauliflower cheese I love.. It sounds tasty and an interesting way to make a healthier pizza 🙂

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    • Thanks for your sweet words. I must say it absolutely is a great way to have pizza and cauliflower…it’s a nice change, and of course you could do whatever topping you want. I am not big on traditional doughy pizza, in fact I can’t tell you when I last had one, but the veggie base ones are wonderful. 🙂

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      • Based on your recommendation then Lynne I will have to try it then….I love tomatoes and that just not too much cheese although I do like cheese just not too much at one time..So I will have to have a think about veggies …Have a lovely weekend 🙂

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  3. Wow, this sounds really great, and I’m a big fan of cauliflower, so I’ve got to try this. I have a question, though…I’ve never made my own cauliflower rice. Any tips? 🙂 I have HUGE pizza craving now, even though I just finished dinner, hahaha! Thanks for sharing, friend! 🙂 xo

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    • Thanks Anita, if you love cauliflower you will love this! To make your own cauliflower rice, just get a head of cauliflower and with a knife chop the florets into little pieces, to resemble ‘rice’. It is quite a job, and I am warning you, be prepared to have cauliflower jumping all around the counter top and floor (but it is so worth it). If you have a food processor then put the florets into the processor and pulse until it resembles ‘rice’ and lastly if you are able to buy it already processed for you in a pre-packed bag….then life is easy.
      Now you have me craving this, guess we will be having cauliflower pizza for lunch today 🙂 Have a lovely day. 🙂 x

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      • Oh perfect, thanks so much for the tips! I don’t have a food processor, but I was just talking about this with my mom and sister yesterday! I have to add it to my list of kitchen appliances to get. That, and an immersion blender. Can’t wait to try this out! 🙂 xo

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