There are only two things I really miss about not really ever eating pasta or pizza any more. One is spaghetti bolognese and the other is, well, pizza. I just really miss pizza toppings – melted mozzarella, tomato sauce, ham or salami with the edges slightly burnt…
I have trialled courgetti bolognese but my husband wasn’t keen on it. But this insane pizza, with a base made from cauliflower, ground almonds and oats, might just work okay as a mid-week substitute for a Pizza Express La Reine.
I made it last night and my friend Simon gamely tried it with me and liked it. Simon is no arbiter as his standards are insanely low – but he did once tell me that a cobbler I was trying out was “unexceptional”, (I agreed), so he’s not a total yes-man.
You do not, let’s be honest, get that intense frontal-lobe hit from this that you do from some sort of spanky, lively sourdough crust gimme gimme from Franco Manca, but you do get to have those flavours you might be missing; the tomato sauce, the melted mozzarella, the slightly burnt ham…. though I did this one last night with very thinly sliced courgette and onion as Simon is vegetarian and it was, you know, actually really nice.
Anna Jones’ mad pizza
Preheat your oven HOT to 220C
100g ground almonds
salt and pepper
1 Break the cauliflower up into florets and whizz in a whizzer until finely ground.
2 put in a bowl with the almonds and the oats and give it all a mix. Add salt and pepper.
3 Make a well in the middle and crack in two eggs, mix around.
4 Generously grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and then press your cauliflower mixture down all around it to make a flat base. Then slide it into the oven for 20 mins. Check occasionally to make sure your oven isn’t burning the shit out of it as some ovens are hotter than others. Some burnt parts around the edge are fine.
5 Cover with your favourite toppings. Turn the oven up to as high as it will go and then put the pizza back in for 8 minutes. I also finished mine off under a hot grill.