Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks Recipe

Cauliflower is the new black.

Thanks to Pinterest, cauliflower has gone from the bottom to the top of most grocery lists. I have never been a huge cauliflower fan myself, but after my successful Cilantro Cauliflower Rice recipe, I have turned over a new leaf. I am such a big advocate of getting more fruit and veggies into my family’s diet and if cauliflower is what it takes, then I am totally on board!

The last time my family went out to eat at our favorite pizza joint, I saw the couple at the table next to us chowing down on some incredible looking cheese sticks. From that night on, I’ve been craving them. Problem is…I’m gluten intolerant and I have yet to find a restaurant or grocery store that makes anything but gluten-free pizza.


Cauliflower Italian Cheese Sticks

So what’s a girl to do but make her own! I decided to put a bit of a healthy, low-carb spin on them and ended up with a super easy and delicious recipe that the whole family enjoyed.

To start, you’ll need 1 organic cauliflower head, 4 eggs, 1.5 cup buffalo mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano, 1/4 cup shredded manchego cheese (or cheddar), 1 Tablespoon Italian spices, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, salt and pepper, cheesecloth (or linen towel) and a pizza stone (or cookie sheet) and parchment paper.

Start by pre-heating the oven to 375° with your pizza stone or cookie sheet inside. Next, rinse and dry your cauliflower head and chop off all the florets. Throw all the florets in a food processor and pulse or blend for 15 seconds. At this point, your cauliflower should resemble rice.

Cauliflower cooked and drained for cheese sticks

Transfer your cauliflower rice to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes, then uncover and let cool. While the cauliflower is cooking & cooling, mix 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, 1.5 cups buffalo mozarella, Italian spices, garlic and salt & pepper in a large bowl.

Lay out your cheesecloth or towel and place the cauliflower in the center. Wrap it up tightly and then squeeze the excess water out of the cauliflower and into a measuring cup. Aim to get about 1/3-1/2 cup of water out of the cauliflower. The dryer the better. Transfer cauliflower to large bowl and use hands to mix everything together well.

Cauliflower Cheese Stick Crust

Carefully remove pizza stone or sheet out of the oven and place parchement paper on top. Using a spoon, place mixture on top of paper and form into a circle, making sure to fill all holes. Place back into oven and cook for about 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese. For cow-dairy free, you can use more buffalo mozzarella, pecorino romano and/or manchego cheese. I used all of these plus a little bit of cheddar just to get some color. Place back in oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. (You can use the broiler here if you like your cheese well done).

Let cool and then serve with your favorite marinara sauce!

Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 organic cauliflower head
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups Buffalo Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano
  • 1/4 cup grated Manchego (or cheddar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° with pizza stone or cookie sheet inside.
  2. Rinse and dry cauliflower head and chop off all florets.
  3. Throw florets in food processor and pulse or blend for 15 seconds.
  4. Transfer cauliflower 'rice' to microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes then uncover and cool.
  5. While cauliflower is cooking and cooling, mix 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, buffalo mozzarella cheese, Italian spices, garlic, salt & pepper in large bowl.
  6. Lay out cheesecloth or linen towel and spoon cooled cauliflower on top. Wrap up tightly and squeeze out water into measuring cup (aiming for 1/3-1/2 cup). The dryer the cauliflower the better!
  7. Transfer cauliflower to large bowl with egg mixture and mix well with hands.
  8. Carefully take out pizza stone or baking sheet and place parchment paper on top.
  9. Using a spoon, place mixture on top of paper and form into a circle, making sure to fill all the holes.
  10. Place back into oven and bake for approximately 22 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  11. Remove and top with remaining cheese. Place back into oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  12. Let cool and serve with your favorite marinara sauce.
http://mycookingspot.com/italian-cauliflower-cheese-sticks/

Never feel guilty again with these gluten-free, low-carb Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks! Perfect for sneaking in some extra veggies!

 

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  1. Linda Warren says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I never would have thought of making bread sticks with cauliflower. In fact, I might even like cauliflower after I make this recipe.

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Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks Recipe

Cauliflower is the new black.

Thanks to Pinterest, cauliflower has gone from the bottom to the top of most grocery lists. I have never been a huge cauliflower fan myself, but after my successful Cilantro Cauliflower Rice recipe, I have turned over a new leaf. I am such a big advocate of getting more fruit and veggies into my family’s diet and if cauliflower is what it takes, then I am totally on board!

The last time my family went out to eat at our favorite pizza joint, I saw the couple at the table next to us chowing down on some incredible looking cheese sticks. From that night on, I’ve been craving them. Problem is…I’m gluten intolerant and I have yet to find a restaurant or grocery store that makes anything but gluten-free pizza.


Cauliflower Italian Cheese Sticks

So what’s a girl to do but make her own! I decided to put a bit of a healthy, low-carb spin on them and ended up with a super easy and delicious recipe that the whole family enjoyed.

To start, you’ll need 1 organic cauliflower head, 4 eggs, 1.5 cup buffalo mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano, 1/4 cup shredded manchego cheese (or cheddar), 1 Tablespoon Italian spices, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, salt and pepper, cheesecloth (or linen towel) and a pizza stone (or cookie sheet) and parchment paper.

Start by pre-heating the oven to 375° with your pizza stone or cookie sheet inside. Next, rinse and dry your cauliflower head and chop off all the florets. Throw all the florets in a food processor and pulse or blend for 15 seconds. At this point, your cauliflower should resemble rice.

Cauliflower cooked and drained for cheese sticks

Transfer your cauliflower rice to a microwave-safe bowl and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes, then uncover and let cool. While the cauliflower is cooking & cooling, mix 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, 1.5 cups buffalo mozarella, Italian spices, garlic and salt & pepper in a large bowl.

Lay out your cheesecloth or towel and place the cauliflower in the center. Wrap it up tightly and then squeeze the excess water out of the cauliflower and into a measuring cup. Aim to get about 1/3-1/2 cup of water out of the cauliflower. The dryer the better. Transfer cauliflower to large bowl and use hands to mix everything together well.

Cauliflower Cheese Stick Crust

Carefully remove pizza stone or sheet out of the oven and place parchement paper on top. Using a spoon, place mixture on top of paper and form into a circle, making sure to fill all holes. Place back into oven and cook for about 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese. For cow-dairy free, you can use more buffalo mozzarella, pecorino romano and/or manchego cheese. I used all of these plus a little bit of cheddar just to get some color. Place back in oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. (You can use the broiler here if you like your cheese well done).

Let cool and then serve with your favorite marinara sauce!

Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks

Ingredients

  • 1 organic cauliflower head
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.5 cups Buffalo Mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated pecorino romano
  • 1/4 cup grated Manchego (or cheddar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian spices
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° with pizza stone or cookie sheet inside.
  2. Rinse and dry cauliflower head and chop off all florets.
  3. Throw florets in food processor and pulse or blend for 15 seconds.
  4. Transfer cauliflower 'rice' to microwave safe bowl and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes then uncover and cool.
  5. While cauliflower is cooking and cooling, mix 2 eggs, 2 egg whites, buffalo mozzarella cheese, Italian spices, garlic, salt & pepper in large bowl.
  6. Lay out cheesecloth or linen towel and spoon cooled cauliflower on top. Wrap up tightly and squeeze out water into measuring cup (aiming for 1/3-1/2 cup). The dryer the cauliflower the better!
  7. Transfer cauliflower to large bowl with egg mixture and mix well with hands.
  8. Carefully take out pizza stone or baking sheet and place parchment paper on top.
  9. Using a spoon, place mixture on top of paper and form into a circle, making sure to fill all the holes.
  10. Place back into oven and bake for approximately 22 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  11. Remove and top with remaining cheese. Place back into oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.
  12. Let cool and serve with your favorite marinara sauce.
http://mycookingspot.com/italian-cauliflower-cheese-sticks/

Never feel guilty again with these gluten-free, low-carb Italian Cauliflower Cheese Sticks! Perfect for sneaking in some extra veggies!

 

The following two tabs change content below.
By day, Christina is a Celebrity Trainer at the DDP YOGA Performance Center in Atlanta, GA. And by night, she is the nutritionist and food blogger behind BodyRebooted.com where she shares her passion for gluten-free living. She also just published her 1st eBook: 30 Days To A New You which you can find at: BodyRebooted.com/30-Days. When she's not at work or in the kitchen she enjoys hiking the Georgia mountain trails, playing whirlyball, attempting DIY crafts and playing superhero with her little boy.

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  1. Linda Warren says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic! I never would have thought of making bread sticks with cauliflower. In fact, I might even like cauliflower after I make this recipe.

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