Cheesy Cauliflower Bread and Pizza Slices
a delicious low carb, gluten free alternative for pizza. Easy to make for weekend snacks, or a side in place of bread.
I’m always looking for recipes that are a little healthier and yet still tastes and looks familiar.
I made this cheesy cauliflower bread in a ‘pizza’ style hoping the boys will like it and think they are eating a type of pizza and not cauliflower.
It worked. Most kids just don’t want to try something that looks unusual, so the pizza ‘style’ was the key.
This is a gluten free recipe and if you are new to finding gluten free recipes, this is a ‘must try’ for the kids.
I’ve been trying to add cauliflower into our diet and when I saw the cauliflower bread sticks I thought this might be a way to get the boys to try it.
I saw this on Pinterest quite a while ago and I finally had a chance to give it a try. All the recipes I saw on Pinterest were very similar so I combined several recipes (see the links below) and put together a recipe that worked for me — it had to be easy, look good as well as taste good or no one would try it.
It took less than 10 minutes to ‘rice’ the cauliflower. Easy, done!
It only takes about 5-7 minutes to mix the ingredients and spread on the pan.
- 1 large head of cauliflower
- 1½ cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup marinara sauce (homemade or jar)
- ¼ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
- ½-3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- Wash and cut the florets from the stem of the cauliflower and pat dry.
- Using a grater or ricer, grate only the florets into a bowl - discard the stems.
- When all the cauliflower is grated or riced, place in a bowl (do NOT add water) and cook for 3-5 minutes in the microwave.
- Drain the cauliflower through a fine sieve or lay on a clean cloth towel, roll up the towel and squeeze the water from the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a shallow dish & occasionally give it a stir. (I placed it on top of the stove for at least an hour & the heat from the oven helped to dry the cauliflower).
- When the cauliflower is dried, add it to a bowl.
- Add in the beaten egg, mozzarella, herbs and salt and pepper and mix well.
- On a parchment lined pan spread out the mixture in a thin layer to form a triangle (mine was about 14 x 7 which will vary based on the size of the cauliflower)
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for approximately 15-25 minutes, until it is browned and firm.
- Carefully transfer to a plate and cut into strips. OR...
- Bake as above in #8.
- Remove from the oven and spread with a few tablespoons of marinara sauce and sprinkle with the grated cheese and shredded mozzarella.
- Place in a 425 degree oven for 5-8 minutes until the cheeses melt in with the sauce.
- Remove from the oven & let cool on pan for 5 minutes,. Carefully remove to a plate and cut into slices. Serve with additional marinara sauce for dipping.
It looked so browned and cheesy you get the impression it’s going to be crispy, but it was not. It was a tender and tasty cheese ‘bread’ or ‘pizza’ slice.
TIP: The trick to this recipe is to be sure the ‘riced’ cauliflower is dry enough. Spread out the riced cauliflower on a clean towel or double strength paper towel, roll up and squeeze out the water. You will be surprised at how much water comes out.
Next scoop the cauliflower into a shallow dish layered with a paper towel and let it sit out for an hour or two to continue to dry. While it is in the dish stir with a fork every 20 minutes or so. This will help the drying process.
The drying time takes a while. Planning ahead will make this well worth the drying time. I’ve made this recipe 3 times already and by planning ahead this is really easy to get through. It only takes about 10 minutes to ‘ rice’ the cauliflower which you can do in advance.
One more note on this recipe is that the ‘bread’ or ‘pizza crust’ is delicate. It’s not a real bread , it’s a delicate vegetable that looks like bread — it will break if you try to pick it up like a ‘naan’ or a pizza dough.
I will definitely be making this again , I have made this 3 times already and here is what the ‘critics’ said: ‘Wow grammy, that pizza looks so good” – when they tasted it they loved it and there were no leftovers. My sister-in-law is the most picky eater I’ve ever met and when she tasted it she said it was ‘delicious’ and she had 3 pieces, even though she is not a cheese lover.
Next time I’m making a ‘Mexican’ style using pepperjack cheese and salsa for my son-in-law and I’m going to bet he will love it.
It’s a great way to get a healthy vegetable into everyone’s diet.
You might also enjoy this “Non-Traditional”, healthy alternative Gluten Free pizza crust:
To give credit where credit is due, my inspiration for this Cheesy Cauliflower Bread and Pizza Slices are adapted from these three recipes I found on Pinterest that were my inspiration: Cauliflower Crust Pizza; Cheesy Cauliflower Bread Sticks; and Cauliflower Cheese Sticks.
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