Low-Carb Turkish Cauliflower Pizza

Sneak cauliflower into the base of your next pizza for goodness in every slice. It’s a clever way to stick to a low-carb, meat-free diet while getting your Friday night fix.


  • 900 g (6 cups) cauliflower, prepared into florets
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 80 g (1/3 cup) 3 per cent fat cream cheese, eg. Philadelphia lightest cream cheese
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp olive oil

For the toppings:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 350 g (2 cups) Quorn meat-free mince
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 large cucumber, half grated, half finely diced
  • 150 g (1 cup) cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tbs flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 150 g (2/3 cup) low-fat Greek yoghurt


Step 1.
For the base: Preheat the oven to 200°C (180° fan). Grease and line a large round baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Step 2.
Place the cauliflower florets in a food processor and pulse until rice-like in texture. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil and cook the cauliflower, covered, for 4-5 minutes until tender.

Step 3.
Drain well and gather the cauliflower in a large square of muslin or cheesecloth; you can also use a clean tea towel. Wrap the muslin around the cauliflower in a ball-shape and twist well to wring out as much excess water as possible.

Step 4.
Tip the dried cauliflower into a bowl and add the egg, cream cheese, flour, and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well until a rough dough comes together.

Step 5.
Transfer the cauliflower dough onto the lined tray and roll out into a large round. Brush the top with olive oil.

Step 6.
Bake for 25-35 minutes until dry to the touch and golden-brown all over.

Step 7.
For the toppings: In the meantime, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan set over a medium heat until hot.

Step 8.
Add the onion and sweat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Quorn and cook over a slightly increased heat until browned all over, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.

Step 9.
Stir in the spices and oregano, cooking for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

Step 10.
Remove the cauliflower base from the oven when ready. Top with the Quorn, diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and chopped parsley.

Serves 4 or 1 pizza