Cauliflower cheese bread is an awesome option for those who:
- Are cutting down on carbs
- Are trying to disguise veggies
- Love cauliflower and want to do something new
I simply love this option. It is easy and oh so customizable. Make it spicy or more subtle. Maybe add some interesting cheese combinations. It lends itself to so many possibilities.
I have tried a few different approaches to this and have come to have a preferred method.
Some recipes say that the cauliflower should be steamed in the microwave and then “riced”. Others say to rice it, boil, and then squeeze out all the water.
Since I am inherently lazy, but want lots of flavour, this is how I do it.
I do not steam the cauliflower before “ricing”, I roast it.
- cut it up
- toss with olive oil
- sprinkle with salt and roast for 20 minutes
The end result is perfectly yummy roasted cauliflower.
You can easily stop here and just eat it as a side dish. But let’s just continue on and make the cheese bread.
After it is roasted, I then use the food processor and pulse it a few times to “rice” it. Many methods will work for this – even just using a knife to chop it up finely.
Then I combine the rest of the ingredients and pop it into the oven.
Now, just because this is a simple recipe does not mean it will be done in 10 minutes. It does take a while. My method of roasting will take 20 minutes as opposed to 5 minutes to microwave. Then you have to bake the mixture for another 30ish minutes.
But the end result….worth it. The roasting makes it more flavourful and there is no need to squeeze out the extra liquid.
When making this today, I used orange cauliflower. If you are using white cauliflower, it will not look as browned as mine does in the images.
I am not going to lie to you, I can still taste the cauliflower. Whether that is because I know it is cauliflower or not, I don’t know.
I have not tested it out on anyone who doesn’t know what it is before they eat it. If you outright hate cauliflower, don’t try this recipe. For everyone else, go for it. I think you’ll like it.
Rumour has it that cauliflower crusts freeze well. I have never tried it because we never have leftovers. If anyone decides to make a double batch, freeze it, and then use it, please let me know how it worked.
Cauliflower Cheese Bread
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|4 Servings||5 minutes||1 Hour|
- Use different cheeses to create different flavour
- Go ahead and add other things on top (peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.)
- Add additional spices to the base to jazz things up a bit
- 1 Head of Cauliflower (will make about 4 Cups or 480 g of cauliflower rice) If it is a particularly small head, cut the rest of the ingredients in half
- 2 Tablespooons Olive oil
- 1.5 Cups Grated cheese (mozzarella or your preferred hard cheese)
- 3 Large Eggs lightly beaten
- 3 Cloves Garlic – minced
- 1/2 Teaspoon Sumac (or Paprika)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 Cup Grated mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Remove core from cauliflower and rough chop the florets so that are about the same size
- Drizzle with olive oil and spread onto a rimmed greased baking sheet
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until tender and browned (these will brown more on the bottoms than the tops)
- Remove from oven and place in food processor. chop up the cauliflower using “pulse” a few times until the cauliflower is the consistency of rice. You can chop it up using a knife as well.
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- Place “riced” cauliflower into a bowl and add eggs, garlic, sumac, oregano, first amount of cheese, and salt and pepper
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease the pan
- Spread cauliflower mixture on sheet to a thickness of about 1/3 – 1/2 inch. I don’t worry about it if my pan is too big, I just spread it until it is the right thickness. Pat it down and make sure there are no holes or gaps
- Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until browned and the edges are crispy
- Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese on top
- Return to oven to melt the cheese
- Allow to cool on a cooling rack
(Adapted from many online recipes like Jo Cooks and Center Cut Cook)