Moms would give a world, for their kids could eat cauliflower, but it seemed a lost battle since before discovering this recipe: “Cauliflower bread stick”. It is like serving this kind of bread in a magic trick “let’s change cauliflower in a bread stick” The great thing about this recipe is you get the flavor of a bread stick, with the added nutrition of cauliflower. You will probably want to double this recipe because these dippers will be gone in a flash. They really are that good. It may start out with the traditional cauliflower smell, but end ups making your kitchen smell just like an Italian restaurant.
Ingredients that this recipe needs to create cauliflower bread stick are:
- 1 medium head cauliflower
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided in half
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt
Wash and clean the cauliflower and cut it into chunks. Make sure you remove the core.
Place the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse it until it’s a “rice” consistency
In a large saucepan, heat one inch of water until it boils. Add in the cauliflower, cover with a lid, and allow it to steam for 4-5 minutes. Watch it close so that it doesn’t boil over!
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Use a fine mesh strainer to drain the cauliflower. Allow it to cool for a few minutes, then place the cauliflower in a clean dish towel and squeeze as hard as you can to remove any excess water.
Once the cauliflower rice is drained really well, place it into a large bowl. Add 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 egg slightly beaten, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and 1/2 teaspoon Garlic salt. Stir the mixture well.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray it lightly with cooking spray. Spoon the cauliflower mixture onto the pan and use your hands to form it into a 8 1/2 x 11 inch rectangle.
Place in the oven for 30 minutes, or even longer until the crust is golden brown and firm.
Remove the crust from the oven and top the crust with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 7-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
Cut into “bread sticks” and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping. Makes about 10 breadsticks. This recipe could easily be doubled.
You can serve them to your kids, but it can be a perfect snack or appetizer as well.