This Food Stylist Eats Pizza Too!

As a food stylist in Toronto, I eat a lot of pizza. I order it in restaurants. I pick it up after a long day of cooking. At home I make sad excuses for pizza on tortillas or crackers. I also make light, blistery pizzas on the grill with dough that has fermented on my counter for days. It’s something I don’t seem to ever tire of eating. Every pizza is so different it’s like an entirely new experience each time.

I think of a pizza base a delicious vehicle for me to load up with veggies but sometimes I want the comfort of pizza, you know, a nice crust, tangy sauce, topped with gooey cheese, without the hefty crust. That’s when I started experimenting with the Broccoli Crust Pizza. Yep, the crust is made from pureed broccoli and eggs. It’s actually pretty awesome and leaves your pizza craving completely satisfied but without the pizza belly. Give it a try!

 Toronto Food Stylist Secret Recipe:

Broccoli Crust Pizza Base

Serves 2 people.

1 small organic broccoli head or 2 cups broccoli florets

½ cup onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves of garlic

¼ cup oat flakes

¼ cup green pistachios, shelled

¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil

1 egg

1 Tbsp ground flax seed

1 Tbsp whole chia seeds

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp red chili flakes

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Chop broccoli into small florets. Reserve stalks for other use or discard. Place broccoli, chopped onion, garlic, oats, and basil into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add egg, flax seed, chia seed, olive oil, salt and chili flakes and pulse until combined.

Lightly coat a large skillet with oil and set over medium heat. Using a spatula scoop out the mixture and spread onto pan to create a 1 cm thick base. Make sure the edge is slightly thicker than the rest to avoid burning.

Once the mixture is all in the pan, reduce heat to medium and allow base to cook, without stirring, for 5 minutes until no longer sticky to the touch. Remove skillet from stove and place in preheated oven for approximately 15 minutes or until edges are browned and a little crispy.

Add any of your favourite pizza topping to prepared base and put back in oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and veggies turn lightly golden. Rest in pan for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Last Step: Photograph the results, post on Instagram using hashtag Toronto Food Stylist!

 

To contact Toronto Food Stylist Sarah Sweeney write to sarah@chefsarahsweeney.com

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