I watched Taste Made's Raw. Vegan. Not Gross this morning with Laura Miller of Side Saddle Kitchen. She made a raw vegan cauliflower pizza. I remembered a few years ago a client of mine that I personal cheffed for asked for a cauliflower pizza. I made her version with pesto and fresh mozzarella.
In my recipe below you can choose to keep it vegan or add shredded parmesan cheese like I do. Its not really a crusty pizza but more of a creamy delicious version reminiscent of pizza flavors. The beauty of this recipe is that you can personalize it and add any toppings you like. I like to scoop mine out and eat it with a big green salad. I hope you enjoy!
Kale leaves only packed tight (about 4 cups)
Walnuts or pinenuts or pistachio (optional)
Olive oil (extra if you like it creamier)
Grated parmesan (optional) you can also use
Lemon juice only
Salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Wash and cut the florets off a small head of cauliflower. Chop into small pieces put in Vitamix, powerful blender or food processor with the 1 TBS olive oil, 1 tsp oregano, 1/8 tsp chile flakes, juice 1/2 lemon plus 1/4 cup olive oil. Blend until smooth.
Grease the pie pan by rubbing about a tsp of olive oil on it or spraying it with cooking spray such as Pam. In a large pie pan or tart pan (about 10.5 inches) or on a baking sheet with parchment paper spread out the puree in an even circle about 1/2 inch thick. Bake until golden on top about 35 minutes.
With the tomatoes. Get a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Bake until the tomatoes are wrinkled and popped about 25 minutes.
When the cauliflower base is golden turn off the oven for 15 minutes to dry out the crust.
Add about half of the pesto on top (spread gently) and tomatoes on top. Top with any topping you like. I added 5 olives sliced on top of mine a I grated fresh parmesan on top. You can add sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted peppers. Just to name a few. To keep it vegan you can sprinkle nutritional yeast on top.
Wash, dry and de-stem the kale and dry the kale leaves in a salad spinner. Add all the ingredients in a powerful blender or a food processor.
Blend. I use a vitamix with the plunger attachment to get all the bits blended. If you don't have a vitamix. Use a rubber spatula and stir to make sure the ingredients get well blended. It should be a thick paste.
Taste. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend again to incorporate the salt and pepper.
Lasts up to one week in the fridge, I like to freeze it in ¼ cup potions in mini Ziploc bags, makes for a fast meal and defrosts quickly.