Friday Food : Cauliflower “Breadsticks” and Homemade Chips

Last weekend there was this little event known as the Super Bowl. Mom and I have been watching it together since before I could fully grasp what it was. I knew there was this one football game where all the players ran around in confetti shot from helmets or some such thing and I thought it looked cool. Now I’m just of the school of thought where I want to watch the commercials.

Another tradition is food. Oh how I love food. I will never be an annoying twig who eats leaves. Anyway. I made pizza, chips, and breadsticks. The breadsticks I found were the famous cauliflower based items everyone is either crazy or nervous about when I mentioned them in the past. So, you’re welcome, I turned myself and my Mom into guinea pigs.

Cauliflower “Breadsticks” and Homemade Chips

Cauliflower Breadsticks

What you will need:

Chips

  • 1-2 potatoes, sweet or standard baking
  • optional : salt or seasonings to taste

Breadsticks

  • 3 cups “riced” cauliflower
  • 1 cup of mozzerella cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • optional: garlic or other Italian based seasonings

Directions:

For the chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degree F
  2. Using a mandolin slicer or knife slice your potatoes into thin circles
  3. Place chips onto a non-stick baking sheet (try a stone or Silpat)
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes on the top rack
  5. Turn over and bake another 10-15 minutes
  6. Keep an eye on chips as baking times/temperature will vary

1 potato make approximately 1 sheet of chips

For the breadsticks

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. To “rice” your cauliflower, grate it using a standard cheese grater. 3 cups should be about 1/2 of the head
  3. Place riced cauliflower in a microwave safe dish and heat for 5 minutes, or until product is softened
  4. Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add egg whites and any seasoning
  5. Add 3/4 of the cheese and mix well
  6. Spread evenly onto a non-stick baking sheet
  7. Bake for 30 minutes, remove and flip, add remaining cheese, then bake for an additional 10 minutes
  8. Again keep an eye on things as times/temps may vary

Makes approximately 8 breadsticks

Comments & Photos:

Breadsticks made with cauliflower Cauliflower breadstick

When I made the chips I did not add any salt or seasoning. I made 1 batch of sweet and 1 of standard. I think the sweet baked quicker. Also with my first batch of standard I did brush olive oil onto them and I think this prevented them from getting the proper level of crispy.

When I made the breadsticks I halved the recipe and made two batches. I made both of mine in the toaster-oven and they turned out fine.

For my second batch of breadsticks I used cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella and I think they came out tasting more like cheesy cauliflower than the breadsticks, mozzarella works a lot better IMHO

What were your highlights from the Super Bowl? Have you ever made a “veggie” version of something? Like cauliflower breadsticks? Or mashed potatoes?

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