Who knew cauliflower could make an amazing bread substitute? These low-carb, grain-free, gluten-free breadsticks actually taste like breadsticks. I'm impressed and so will you and your guests when you make this delicious gluten-free side dish! Well worth the effort.
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Yields: 20 breadsticks
1 large cauliflower, florets only (or bag of cauliflower rice/crumbs already chopped)
1/4 cup of egg whites
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 Tbsp. dried Italian seasoning blend or choice Italian seasonings
1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
1 tsp. onion powder (optional)
1 tsp. of Kosher salt
Black pepper to taste
Marinara sauce (for dipping)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Work in batches to gently pulse the cauliflower florets in your food processor until they form into a rice-like texture. Do not over process. You can purchase pre-pulsed cauliflower rice instead.
Place pulsed cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover with a paper towel. Place in microwave for 4-5 minutes and microwave until cauliflower is steamy and soft.
Remove from microwave and allow mixture to cool for 5-15 minutes before handling. I suggest using gloves to handle the hot mixture.
Next, remove all the liquid from the cauliflower. To do this, add a large scoop of the cauliflower at a time to a clean dishrag. Squeeze and drain liquid out as much as possible. Work in batches until you squeeze out all the liquid.
Add to cauliflower mixture egg whites, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic and onion powder, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
Press mixture onto your parchment paper to form a rectangle. Flatten the mixture with your hands, and press everything together neatly and tightly.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until mixture starts to brown.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese (optional). Bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes before cutting into breadsticks.
Serve with marinara sauce for dipping. Enjoy!
Turn this breadstick recipe into a cauliflower pizza crust instead! Simply shape the mixture into a round flat crust, top with sauce, cheese and fresh basil, and voila, gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb pizza awaits you!