Oh look, what have we here? Some delicious and - wait for it - HEALTHY bread sticks!
I've seen recipes for cauliflower crust pizza circulating the internet forever. I was skeptical that it actually worked. But when I saw a suggestion to make the crust into bread sticks? I had to try.
I didn't take any pics of the process because I wasn't sure it would turn out. But you can google cauliflower bread sticks and find a ton of recipes - all similar - with step by step pics.
I will share with you how I did it, and trust me, no one was more shocked then I was about how fucking awesome they turned out!!
First take a head of cauliflower and cut all the green stems off. Cut the head into parts and feed it into a food processor. Pulse it up for just a short time - the results should look a lot like rice - no chunks but not obliterated.
Place in a bowl and microwave for 8 minutes.
Next is the hardest part - you need to get the water out. I put the cauliflower on a clean dish towel, wrapped it up and began squeezing.
Note: if you attempt this right after microwaving, the hot water will burn you. Who would be stupid enough to start squeezing water out directly after microwaving? That would be ME!!!
Anyway, after letting it cool I squeezed the water out into a measuring cup to see how much came out and it was just over 3/4 cup! When finished, your nice huge head of cauliflower looks like a small ball of dough.
Now, in a bowl beat up one egg. Throw in some spices - I used salt, oregano and parsley. Add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese - I used Walmart's fiesta blend made from skim milk - 80 calories per 1/3 cup.
Dump in the cauliflower and mix well.
Now place the mixture on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
You should easily be able to use your hands to shape it into a rectangle.
Throw it into an oven heated at 425 for 30 minutes.
Take it out and it should be pretty crispy. Turn oven up to 450. Top with another 1/2 cup of cheese and add any additional spices - I threw some basil on top.
Bake for 5 more minutes.
Take it out and wow!!!!
I was amazed at how great they turned out!! They almost look like real bread sticks!!
And they were delicious!! Not as good, of course, as real bread sticks, but for the calorie exchange??!!
Next up for me is making a pizza and using cauliflower as the crust! I can't wait!!