Broccoli pizza base

    1 hour 3 min

    Make broccoli rice and combine it with Parmesan cheese, oregano and breadcrumbs to make this flavourful and nutritious version of a pizza base. After the base has baked, add your favourite pizza toppings.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • 350g broccoli florets
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 40g finely grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs
    • 2 cloves garlic, grated
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 pinch crushed chilli flakes (optional)
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, or as needed
    • sea salt

    Method
    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:28min  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr3min 

    1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
    2. Place 1/2 of the broccoli in a food processor and pulse until texture resembles rice, about 20 times. Repeat with the remaining 1/2 of the broccoli.
    3. Fill a large shallow saucepan with salt and 2cm water over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and add the broccoli rice. Cover and simmer until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and cool for 10 minutes. Transfer broccoli rice to the centre of a drying cloth. Wrap up the drying cloth and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
    4. Place Parmesan cheese, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic, oregano and crushed chilli flakes in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the broccoli rice and mix well until it sticks together when rolled into a ball.
    5. Place dough in the centre of the prepared baking tray; press into a 30cm circle about 1cm thick. Drizzle base with olive oil and season with sea salt.
    6. Bake on the top rack of the preheated oven until edges are crisp and lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes.

    Tip:

    Make sure to wring out the broccoli as thoroughly as possible. The dryer the broccoli rice the better the flavour and texture of the pizza base will be.

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