BBQ Cauliflower Pizza

This is a veganised version of a BBQ chicken pizza.  I’ve actually never had one and didn’t think I’d like BBQ sauce on a pizza but it’s really good.  Cauliflower works nicely as a replacement for chicken as it has a fairly neutral flavour.  It won’t really be much like chicken but is a good replacement when you don’t want to use more processed and expensive faux-meat.  It soaks up flavours well and works really nicely on pizza.  I think it would also be really good if you used tempeh instead of cauliflower or as well as cauliflower.  I might try that another day.  Or feel free to use vegan chicken-style faux meat if you want.  Most BBQ sauces that I’ve seen are suitable for vegans.  You can use whatever one you like or even make a homemade one if you feel like it.  The red onion and fresh coriander goes really well with this and gives it a more fresh taste.

 

Ingredients for 1 pizza:

  • 1 vegan pizza base (homemade or store bought)
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce (plus more for drizzling on top if you want)
  • 1 small cauliflower or half a large cauliflower
  • A few handfuls of grated vegan cheese (I used half a block of Violife for Pizza)
  • 1/2 a small red onion
  • Fresh coriander leaf (cilantro) as garnish

How it’s made

  • Chop the cauliflower into small florets.
  • Blanch the cauliflower for about two minutes, then drain completely.
  • Toss the blanched cauliflower with 2 tbsp. of the BBQ sauce to coat it.
  • Spread 1/3 of a cup of BBQ sauce on the pizza base, or more if you have a bigger pizza base or like more (I used quite a small one).
  • Put the cauliflower florets on the pizza.
  • Sprinkle the grated cheese over the cauliflower.
  • Peel and thinly slice 1/2 the red onion.  Put this on top (use as much as you like, I only added a little).
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the cauliflower is starting to go
  • brown in places.
  • Sprinkle with chopped coriander (cilantro) before serving.
  • Drizzle with extra BBQ sauce if you like.