February 18, 2015

Recipe Wednesday: Cauliflower Breadsticks

One fun fact about me is that I hate eating vegetables. Yes, I'm a five year old. But really... I hate vegetables. I don't eat salads, I never get vegetable as a side and I stay as far away from things like Kale, as possible.

Is this bad? Of course it is but I can't help it.

The vegetables I do like are cauliflower, eggplant, and zucchini... but cooked to perfection, I can't "taste" the vegetable.

I'd have to say cauliflower is my favorite and the great thing about that is that there are overwhelming numbers of recipes on Pinterest that incorporate cauliflower in many ways. Substituting cauliflower for carbs? Sign me up!

I've been meaning to make something with cauliflower for months and I finally took the plunge. Cauliflower breadsticks were first on the list and they were easier than I expected, and tasted even better!

This is the original recipe I used and I changed it up a bit.

I used on bag of frozen cauliflower so I defrosted and steamed it in a pot of boiling water, and then I "riced" it in a food processor (I use the Magic Bullet). I also used a combination of cheeses and used slightly less than the recipe calls for, because I didn't have enough. #whoops

Other than that, I followed it pretty closely.




What you need:

1 head of fresh cauliflower
1/4 cup of egg whites or 1 large egg
1/2 + 3/4 cup of shredded cheese
Any type of herb seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook cauliflower any way you like, whether it's teaming or roasting.
2. Drain the moisture out of the cauliflower by squeezing the florets in a towel
3. Rice the cauliflower in the food processor. (I couldn't get it completely down to a rice texture so I still had some chunks in it, which was fine!)
4. Combine riced cauliflower, egg, cheese, and seasoning (I used parsley and oregano) in a bowl till a dough like texture forms. (Mine wasn't completely doughy, it broke a little but it worked)
5. Roll out the dough on aluminum foiled pan (I used foil, the recipe says to use parchment paper) 
6. Bake in 375 Degree oven for 15-18 minutes, once golden brown, sprinkle rest of cheese on top of breadsticks and cook for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
7. Let breadsticks cool, cut into slices and enjoy!


(I thought I had more photos but apparently not... sorry!)

It was a little complicated at first but once the cauliflower was riced, it was a really simple recipe. I think it would've been a lot easier if I didn't have to thaw out the frozen cauliflower and just used fresh (even if you use fresh cauliflower, you should still cook it first!)

These were so delicious and a really big hit with my family. I'm definitely going to attempt more cauilfower recipes soon!

What recipe have you attempted lately? 


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