Monday, June 26, 2017

Cauliflower "Bread Sticks"

You know all those recipes out there for cauliflower crust "pizza" and "bread sticks?" They're purported to be great for people on Paleo or low-carb diets, and they're also gluten free. I'm here to tell you that I tried it, and it actually works. However, don't be fooled that they taste anything remotely like a bread product. They are more like a quiche that's been run over by a steamroller.

That said, they are pretty tasty, especially if you already like cauliflower, as I do.

I'd say if you were going to make a pizza crust, aim for multiple small pizzas. The larger the crust, the more likely the middle will be soggy and break off. The outer edges of my crust were lovely and sturdy, but the center was floppy. Had I topped it with anything other than cheese, it would have slid off onto my plate.

Cauliflower Breadsticks or Pizza Crust

1 medium head cauliflower
4 eggs
3 cups shredded cheese of your choice (divided use) (I used cheddar, Parm, and feta)
Seasonings of your choice (I used a teaspoon of Old Bay, plus some fresh thyme and basil)

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Cut the cauliflower into small florets and whiz into bits in a food processor. There should be about 4 cups of cauliflower bits. Put them in a microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and nuke for ten minutes. Remove from microwave and allow to cool 10 minutes. Take off the plastic and add the eggs and 2 cups of cheese, stirring well to combine. Add seasonings and stir again. Taste for salt and add a pinch if you think it needs it.

Prepare two baking sheets with a parchment liner. Pat half the mixture onto each sheet, shaping it into one or more rectangles or circles about the thickness of a pizza crust. Bake for 25 minutes. For a crispier product, flip the crust and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with additional cheese, and bake again until cheese melts, about 5 more minutes.

Cut into sticks and serve with dipping sauce of your choice. Or top as if it were a pizza, with sauce, pepperoni, and more veg. Put back in the oven for a few more minutes to warm everything up and melt the cheese.

Serves 4-6

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