Monday, March 24, 2014

Cauliflower "Bread" Sticks (dairy recipe)

I wanted to share one of my kids' favorite recipes. Their favorite thing is buttery garlic bread. Neither likes the crisp crust, but rather the soft and gooey interior. Needless to say in MY house they don't get to indulge too often.

While no one will say that these cauliflower sticks taste just like bread, the flavor definitely replicates that garlicky, gooey goodness everyone around here loves so much. Neither of my kids will touch cauliflower unless I've somehow transformed it, and both eagerly gobble these up.

I've tried to make the recipe using a Silpat liner, but it was way too tricky to flip the par-baked sticks. I think parchment is definitely the best way to go. I'd also definitely recommend allowing them to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. They really set up a bit after cooling and hold their shape when you eat them.

Cauliflower "Bread" Sticks (dairy recipe)

1 head cauliflower, riced
1 tbs. olive oil 
cloves garlic, grated or minced 
2 large eggs, lightly beaten 
2 cups total mozzarella and/or freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning, to taste
salt and pepper 

Preheat the oven to 350. Press a sheet of parchment paper into a 9x13 pan (cut the paper so it extends over both ends). Grease with coconut or olive oil.

Steam cauliflower in either the microwave or on the stove top until it's soft (I microwaved it in a large bowl for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally). If you use the stove top, just make sure to get rid of as much excess liquid as possible. Allow to cool slightly.

While cauliflower is cooking, heat olive oil in a small skillet. Cook garlic over low heat just until it starts to brown. Put garlic and any residual oil in bowl with cauliflower. Add beaten eggs and all but about 1/4 of the cheese. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and mix well.

Press mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing it to make it even. Bake for 30 minutes. Spread another piece of parchment on a baking sheet, and carefully flip cauliflower out of baking pan using ends of parchment paper. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and turn on broiler. Slice into 8 even slices, resembling bread sticks. Space them out slightly and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes until the top begins to brown. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. 

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