Full of flavor, this hearty roasted cauliflower olive tapenade pizza is topped with tomato sauce, sweet cherry peppers and mozzarella.
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl
1 cup bread flour plus more for work surface
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Cornmeal for pizza stone
1 pound small cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup tomato sauce
3/4 cup olive tapenade
4–5 Peppadew or sweet cherry peppers, sliced into rings
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
For the dough, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil and let stand for 5 minutes until foamy. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until it forms a shaggy dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. (Alternatively, the dough can be mixed in the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook.)
Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to an oiled bowl and cover. Place the bowl in a warm spot to allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F with a pizza stone inside the oven.
On a sheet pan, toss the cauliflower with the olive oil, salt and pepper and arrange it in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes, until the cauliflower is browned at the edges.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 14-inch diameter circle. Sprinkle the preheated pizza stone with cornmeal and place the dough on it. Spread the tomato sauce leaving a 1/2-inch border. Use a spoon to drop 1/2 cup olive tapenade by the heaping teaspoonful, and then smooth it into the sauce. Arrange the sliced peppers on top followed by the roasted cauliflower. Finally, sprinkle with mozzarella.
Bake the pizza for 12-15 minutes until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown.
Before serving, spoon on the remaining tapenade by the 1/2 teaspoonful and top with chopped parsley.