As much as I love a bit of steamed or roasted veg with a squeeze of lemon, it’s nice to be reminded of the versatility of veggies and get creative with the ways we use them. This broccoli crust pizza is a perfect example of using broccoli in a way that is very different from it’s natural state, but you still get to appreciate the flavour, colour, and goodness of it. This is a pizza for broccoli lovers.
Can it even be called a pizza if it’s on a crust made of broccoli? - Comments please!
I don’t really care what you call it, it’s damn good.
I’m not normally one to go in for alt-crusts or alt-milks, but there’s something really exciting and satisfying about making a pizza almost entirely out of broccoli. It’s like we’ve duped the system or something.
Before making this, I would have never believed that broccoli would hold it’s shape enough to serve the same purpose as a pizza crust. But it really does!
This is pretty similar to the other vegetable crusts you’ve seen floating around, namely the cauliflower crust pizza which has become very popular in recent years.
This one doesn't mimic a traditional flour crust as much as the cauliflower one does, but as a dear friend of mine pointed out, it’s kind of a good thing. I think it's great that this crust isn’t white like pizza crust. It’s kinda cool that it’s brightly unapologetically green. It has nothing to hide.
Pizza For the People
And yes, this hyper colour pizza is wonderful in ways other than just how it tastes. It’s of course very nutrient dense, since its made almost entirely out of broccoli, and it’s free of all kinds of things that people have trouble with these days, like flour and cheese.
Most of the vegetable-based crusts that I've stumbled upon online have a LOT of cheese in them. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I kind of like that this one holds together with our without the addition of cheese. I do have a fair amount of lactose intolerant friends, and I like knowing that I can make this for them and they will feel good enough to stay up late and have fun with me! (Selfish, I know.)
Most importantly though, this broccoli crust pizza is SO easy to make. It’s definitely easier and quicker than making a traditional pizza crust. It's also really tasty to eat, and because like any pizza, you can top it however you want which makes this broccoli crust pizza a really great way to clean out your fridge.
This bright green pizza project would be a great dinner to make with kids. They get to help you squeeze out the broccoli water and shape the crust on the pan. I found it fun, and I’m 36.
Broccoli Crust Pizza
450 G broccoli
2 Tbsp oat flour - use gluten-free oats for gluten intolerances
½ tsp salt
A few grinds of pepper
1 egg white
1 Tbsp olive oil
A pinch of dried herbs - I used rosemary
A little garlic powder never hurt anyone
2 TBSP parmesan cheese (optional)
Chop the broccoli up in a food processor till it’s in tiny bits, but not quite a paste.
Steam the broccoli, either in a steamer for 5 minutes or the microwave for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425.
As soon as it’s cool enough to touch, transfer the broccoli to a clean tea towel or cheese cloth and squeeze out as much water as you can. The water is nice to add to a vegetable soup, or if you're really in the mood for a vitamin hit, just drink it as is! I did, and I liked it more than I expected to. It's like broccoli tea. I totally know how weird and kinda gross that sounds, but it really wasn’t bad!
Dump the squeezed broccoli into a mixing bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and press the mixture into whatever shape you desire, onto the sheet. It should be pizza-crust thick, which for me, means just under 1 cm.
Place in a 425 oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until it is holding together and lightly brown on the bottom.
Remove it from the oven and add anything you’d put on your average pizza, and bake it again for 8-10 minutes.
I topped mine with store bought marinara as the pizza sauce, as well as some thinly sliced fennel and onion and a combination of Boursin and Parmesan cheeses. If I had salami or sausage on hand, you bet I would have added that too.
Broccoli Flatbreads for Dipping
I have yet to actually do this, but next time I make this broccoli pizza crust I’m going to make smaller rounds and bake them without toppings. I think they’ll make a lovely little flatbread to dip into hummus, such as my white bean hummus. I think they would also be great to pack in school lunches.
I hope you’ll give this broccoli pizza dough a try! Please let me know if you do by tagging @howtomakedinner.com on Instagram or commenting here!
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