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
What you will need:
- 1-2 potatoes, sweet or standard baking
- optional : salt or seasonings to taste
- 3 cups “riced” cauliflower
- 1 cup of mozzerella cheese
- 2 egg whites
- optional: garlic or other Italian based seasonings
For the chips
- Preheat oven to 375 to 400 degree F
- Using a mandolin slicer or knife slice your potatoes into thin circles
- Place chips onto a non-stick baking sheet (try a stone or Silpat)
- Bake for 15-20 minutes on the top rack
- Turn over and bake another 10-15 minutes
- Keep an eye on chips as baking times/temperature will vary
1 potato make approximately 1 sheet of chips
For the breadsticks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- To “rice” your cauliflower, grate it using a standard cheese grater. 3 cups should be about 1/2 of the head
- Place riced cauliflower in a microwave safe dish and heat for 5 minutes, or until product is softened
- Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add egg whites and any seasoning
- Add 3/4 of the cheese and mix well
- Spread evenly onto a non-stick baking sheet
- Bake for 30 minutes, remove and flip, add remaining cheese, then bake for an additional 10 minutes
- Again keep an eye on things as times/temps may vary
Makes approximately 8 breadsticks
Comments & Photos:
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?