Cassava is a new friend in my kitchen. A friend I look forward playing with! Today I make a simple cassava pizza with “cheese” sauce and veggies on top.
I LOVE to go food shopping. Even the daily trip to the grocery store for dinner can be a fun break and a great moment to discover something new!
If I can combine that with a visits every now and then to a food store with food from other continents then I’m the happiest! I can really look forward to visit like that and enjoy exploring new flavors and ingredients. Perhaps it is in a Chinese store in Amsterdam, a Moroccan or Indonesian vegetable store in Haarlem or in a raw food market somewhere. Everywhere you can find new inspiration!
One great tip is to go to these shops early in the week and/or at the beginning of the day. Then you can get all the help and tips from the knowledgeable staff. It’s worth gold when getting to know a new ingredient. But most probably you knew that already…
Today, I use one of my latest discoveries; cassava. I make a cassava pizza with my homemade cheese sauce with veggies on top. The cassava is fun to work with and thanks to it’s neutral taste, there is every opportunity to do fun things with it.
For this recipe I used frozen cassava reminding much of a piece of frozen fish in its package in its looks. Its really easy to work with!
Simply add the pieces to boiling water and let it boil until soft. Then mix it in a mixer and you’ll see how it quickly will turn into a very sticky puree. Place it on a cutting board (and clean the mixer with hot water immediately!)
Once cold, you get the next surprise. Together with coconut flour and possibly some oil you will get a wonderful dough that easily will cooperate to new adventures in the kitchen.
Up for new adventures in the kitchen? Let’s get it going!
Cassava pizza with cheese sauce and veggies
400 grams of frozen cassava
Coconut flour (as much as needed, about 1 cup… )
Some olive oil
Ideas for topping on the pizza;
Cheese sauce (see link for recipe)
Oysters mushrooms, fried in some oil, tamari, agave syrup and tiny drip of liquid smoke
Grilled vegetables (e.g. asparagus, courgette and/or eggplant)
Fresh or sun-dried tomatoes
Feta cheese made with almond (see link for recipe)
Fresh herbs (e.g. basil, thyme or leaf parsley)
How do I do it?
1. Bring water to a boil in a larger pan. Add the frozen cassava. Boil until soft, about 25 minutes.
2. Drain the cassava in a colander and then immediately pour the steaming hot cassava into a mixer bowl. Mix it until you have a white smooth but very sticky puree. You may need to stop the mixer at some point to push down the cassava from the sides.
3. When done, place immediately the mixed cassava on a cutting board. Allow it to cool off. The puree will be insanely sticky to start with, but the more it cools off, the less sticky it will be.
4. Sprinkle some coconut flour on the puree once it has cooled off completely. Work the puree and flour together with your hands and slowly add more coconut flour until you have a smooth dough. Remove any hard parts in the dough from the cassava that hasn’t been mixed properly.
5. Preheat the oven to 215 ° C. Prepare a baking sheet with baking parchment.
Add a few drips of olive oil over the dough and roll out with a rolling pin. Place the flat pizza on the prepared sheet.
6. Spread the cheese sauce on the pizza and bake it until you have nice, light brown spots on the pizza (about 5-7 minutes).
7. Add the toppings you like and have prepared on top of the pizza. Bake the pizza another five minutes to get everything warm. Enjoy!
This recipe is free from gluten, lactose and nuts.
Please note! You can’t eat cassava raw, it needs to be cooked before eating.
Read more about cassava here!