Cauliflower Breadsticks and Pizza Crust – Yummy!

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{Gluten free recipe] Who can resist Breadsticks and Pizza? Now you don’t have to, cauliflower offers us a way to enjoy eating Italian healthily!  We recently saw how cauliflower provides phytochemicals called carotenoids, tocopherols, and ascorbic acid – all forms of antioxidants; while providing us a similar flavor and texture as grains.  Thus offering us an alternative so we can dive into re-creating some of our favorite meals.  Thanks to Dr.Axe.com for sharing this recipe (and the associated photos below) that can be used as breadsticks, or as a crust for your next pizza!

Cauliflower Breadsticks

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower, large (7″ – 8″ wide)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup + 3/4 cup (for topping) Mozzarella/Tex Mex cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning, or any dried herbs like oregano or basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse cauliflower, remove outer leaves and separate into florets with a paring knife. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process until “rice” texture. Some coarse chunks are fine.
  • Place in an oven proof baking dish (I used Pyrex pie dish) and bake for 20 mins. Remove cooked cauliflower from the oven and transfer to a bowl lined with a tea/linen towel. Let the cauliflower cool down a bit until it is safe to touch, about 15 minutes.

  • Fold the towel holding by the ends and squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower “ball” as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out. I squeezed out 1 cup of liquid. Photo, from right to left: before squeezing, after squeezing, liquid squeezed out.

  • Increase oven T to 450 degrees F. Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl along with egg whites, 1/2 cup cheese, herb seasoning, black pepper, pinch of salt and mix to combine.
  • Transfer cauliflower mixture onto the baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper. Flatten with your hands into a rectangle, approximately 9″ x 7″ size and 1/4″ thick.
  • Bake for 18 minutes, remove from the oven and top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes and then broil until cheese turns golden brown. Cut into 12 breadsticks and serve hot with warm marinara sauce, if desired. P.S. For a lighter version, do not top with cheese.

Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days. You can also freeze the breadsticks tightly wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 month. Thaw on a counter or in a microwave.

If you are using the recipe for Pizza Crust, follow all instructions through  “baking for 18 minutes” – then rather than adding only the mentioned cheese, you also add your other pizza toppings and follow on through.

Enjoy your Italian treat!

Feature Article Image: Wikipedia

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