The Birth of Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy

 Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy came to be out of two separate events in my life. My youngest son loved to cook with me. At an early age he declared he wanted to open a restaurant when he was older, called "Tyler's Yummy in Your Tummy" He never did open that restaurant but I loved the name and decided to use it for my Blog on Cooking and Recipes.

 "Ollie" replaced the name "Tyler" in the title simply because that same son suggested the nickname Ollie when my first grandchild was born. My middle name is Olive after my Grandmother, and I became Grandma Ollie to my grandchildren. And thus Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy was born!

 This blog will be a collection of recipes - family, my own, and any others I can find in my collection. I've been cooking for almost 50 years - having started as a pre-teen. In Ollie's Yummy in Your Tummy I'll share my favourite recipes, tips and techniques with you.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cauliflower Pizza, Don't Knock it Til You Try it!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Cheddar + turkey on left, Mozzarella + Sausage on right
I got the idea for this unusual pizza from Closet Cooking  As usual I made changes in his recipe.  I've made this twice now and did it differently each time. It is yummy.

This is what you need:

For the Crust
1 head cauliflower
1 egg
1/2 cup cheese. I used Cheddar but you can use anything you like
1 tsp. Fine Herbes or any spice/herb you prefer

Cauliflower Cheese Pizza Crust - Don't Knock it til you try it!
The finished pizza

Salsa. You could also try BarBQue sauce or tomato sauce.  Just use however much appeals to you.

Sweet peppers - I used red, orange and yellow. Chop them into whatever shape and size you like on your pizza

1/2 onion in thin slices

Shredded cooked chicken or turkey

thinly slice zucchini

Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese

You can also add sliced mushrooms, black olives - whatever you like. I added cooked sausage to hubs' pizza but I prefer mine with a bit of shredded turkey.

Chopped Cauliflower
Finely chop the cauliflower and cook in a microwave for about 8 minutes. Wrap it in a tea towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. Then mix together the cooked cauliflower, beaten egg, fines herbes and 1/2 cup grated cheese.

Cooked cauliflower, egg, cheese + herb mix

Cauliflower-cheese crust ready for toppings
Put parchment paper on a baking tray and press the cauliflower mixture into a pizza shape or a rectangle. I like to make two small circles. Bake at 425' for about 15 minutes or until crust is crispy at edges and turning golden brown.
Salsa added

Remove from oven and brush the salsa on top. Add your ingredients then finish with grated cheese. Return to oven for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
Toppings added. Next add grated cheese
 One tip - this photo is from the first pizza I made. I learned I needed to cut the zucchini much thinner, and so next time I cut it in very thin strips. It was much better!

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