Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks
There have been cauliflower pizza crust recipes popping up everywhere recently, but I've been using the "we don't have a food processor yet" excuse to not make it. All of the recipes I've seen instruct us to pulse the cauliflower in a food processor, then cook it. A food processor is one of those things... Scroll down for the rest!
cheesy cauliflower breadsticks

There have been cauliflower pizza crust recipes popping up everywhere recently, but I’ve been using the “we don’t have a food processor yet” excuse to not make it. All of the recipes I’ve seen instruct us to pulse the cauliflower in a food processor, then cook it. A food processor is one of those things we decided to wait to buy until after we move. But we’ve been planning on moving for the last 2 1/2 years! So I don’t know if we’ll ever move, or if we’ll ever get a food processor.

But really, it’s not big problem. I don’t know if this is true, but my grandpa always told us that our last name means “to do without”, so I decided to give this cauliflower breadsticks recipe a try without a food processor just to see what the result. I was really hoping it would turn out great, and it did! Better than I imagined.

Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into florets (remove the green leaves before chopping)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 C. shredded cheese, divided (I used Monterey Jack b/c that’s what we happened to have)
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • optional: marinara sauce for serving (we had no marinara sauce and still devoured these cauliflower “bread”sticks)

Instructions:

  1. Steam the cauliflower florets until tender enough to mash (20 minutes or so): We used a large steamer pot. Brought about an inch of water to a boil, then put the cauliflower florets in a metal colander over the water and covered with a lid.steamed cauliflower
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Put the tender cauliflower florets in a dish and mash with a potato masher until it resembles a rice-like substance.
  4. Dump the mashed cauliflower onto the center of a clean dish cloth or cheese cloth. Pull up the ends of the cloth and squeeze as much liquid as you can out of the cauliflower.  making cauliflower pizza cruststeamed cauliflower without liquid
  5. Put the mashed and de-liquified cauliflower into a mixing bowl. Add the egg, 1/2 C. of the cheese, the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix well. how to make cauliflower breadsticks
  6. Dump the mixture onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and use a spoon or your hands to shape into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. cauliflower crust without food processor
  7. Bake in preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes (15 worked well for me).
  8. Remove from oven. Top with the last 1/2 C. of cheese. Return to oven and bake 5 more minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let sit about 3 minutes. Slice and serve (with marinara sauce if desired). cauliflower cheese sticks

We had our cheesy cauliflower breadsticks with some warm black beans and some leftover Perfect Kale Salad.

*Inspired by this Cauliflower Cheesy Bread recipe.

 

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Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks

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