Cauliflower ‘Bread’

Cauliflower is one vegetable that immediately piques my interest whenever it comes up in a recipe. It’s a vegetable that works so well with a host of other ingredients so I can’t help but take interest in how else someone has cooked it up. It’s also tasty in so many different guises: I love it as a soup (especially Rockpool’s Cream of Cauliflower with Parmesan) and the Thermo Mixtress, Tenina made an amazing dip last year at a cooking class using raw cauliflower. Versatile indeed!

Cauliflower Bread

I can’t say that my mother cooked cauliflower that often for family meals so I credit a Home Economics class in high school for enlightening me of this mighty vege’s goodness. Cauliflower Gratin and scone were two things I am forever grateful to have learned how to make back then! I still happily tuck into a simple bowl of creamy, cheesy cauliflower as a comfort food during winter.

The versatility of cauliflower really came to the fore with a recipe I found on Pinterest recently: Cauliflower “Breadsticks”. Thoroughly intrigued, I had a go at making it the other day and I have to say I became even more impressed by cauliflower. This recipe contained absolutely no flour (gluten free!) but the texture was amazingly bread-like. I don’t think I cooked mine long enough to go super crispy but I quite liked the softness which reminded me of pikelets.

Cauliflower Bread

On my second attempt, I decided to not worry about creating breadsticks and formed round pikelet shapes instead to use as mini flat bread. It tasted great just with some avocado and sour cream but I can certainly imagine dozens of other lovely toppings that would work so well with this ‘bread’.

If you decide to give this a go however, I’ll warn you that the aroma of slowly baking cauliflower and Parmesan may be pungent for some noses (my husband’s) and this bread is best served hot out of the oven. Once it cools, the texture becomes more like a frittata. Still tastes great though!

Cauliflower ‘Bread’
 

Ingredients
  • ½ small cauliflower, trimmed of core
  • one egg
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan blend (you can just use mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 160C.
  2. Place cauliflower pieces in TMX bowl and blitz on Speed 7 for 5 seconds until cauliflower is finely chopped. Use Turbo a couple of times to blitz any remaining larger pieces.
  3. Add egg, cheese, oregano and seasoning and mix together on Speed 3 for a few second until well combined.
  4. Line a baking sheet with baking paper and use olive oil to grease.
  5. Place spoonfuls of the cauliflower mixture on sheet and spread out into circles, around 1cm in height.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes until slightly dried out, browning, and firm to the touch.
  7. Remove from oven and using a spatula carefully peel away from baking paper. Flip over and return to oven for 10 more minutes.
  8. Serve immediately where possible.

27 Comments

  1. My Kitchen Stories December 21, 2012 Reply

    I agree cauliflower is so versatile. I love this recipe . Who knew you could make so ,many things!
    happy Christmas

    • Monica January 4, 2013 Reply

      Thanks :) Hope you had a great Christmas :D

  2. Woah! is my reaction to this recipe! I love finding out that veggies or fruits can do new amazing things and this is definitely one of those! I’ve heard of cauliflower ‘rice’ before, but not bread – have to give this a try! Yum :)

    • Monica January 4, 2013 Reply

      Thanks :) Yes, I like that this is different. I have heard of cauliflower rice too and now I want to investigate further! lol

  3. Katie December 28, 2012 Reply

    wow! I actually quite like cauliflower and this reminds me of the corn fritters I used to eat when I was a kid. Definitely trying this one!

    • Monica January 4, 2013 Reply

      Yes! They are fritter-like but not fried :) However, I now have a hankering for corn fritters lol Thanks for visiting :)

  4. Mathewgunny January 2, 2013 Reply

    I like Cauliflower bread sticks very much as it is so tasty and healthy.

  5. Nic@diningwithastud January 3, 2013 Reply

    Ok no I’m interested! I’m pinning this to make on the weekend. What a great idea :)

    • Monica January 4, 2013 Reply

      I highly recommend it! The flavour and texture are really addictive :D

  6. What a great idea to make these into breadsticks! Yours look lovely and caramelised too! :D

    • Monica July 15, 2013 Reply

      Thanks :) I quite liked taking the ‘bread’ to the more burnt side of the spectrum. Cauliflower is quite tasty slightly singed :D

  7. megandel July 16, 2013 Reply

    How did i miss this post? I made cauli bread and cauli pizza… Mine didnt turn out but going to try yours! They look amazing!

  8. Jessa @ Raehaus July 16, 2013 Reply

    Is the cheese necessary to help keep it’s form? or can I skip that ingredient? Can’t do dairy, but i really want to make this & not sure about soy cheeses. I typically just avoid cheese altogether, even the sub-par pretend cheeses as it’s just not even close to the real thing.

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      Moni July 17, 2013 Reply

      You can certainly give the cheese a miss entirely but maybe throw in an egg yolk to help bind the mixture. I think the Parmesan is added mainly for flavour so try adding other things like a touch of curry powder :) Please let me know if you try this without cheese.

  9. Melissa July 17, 2013 Reply

    This looked so yummy I went out the next day and got the ingredients. My “bread” has been in the oven for almost 2 hours now and it still hasn’t browned like the picture nor firmed up. I’ve increased the temperature from 160degC gradually to no avail. I don’t know what I did wrong but I am so upset. I was really looking forward to this dish!

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      Moni July 17, 2013 Reply

      I’m sorry to hear that your bread didn’t turn out right :( I think if it hasn’t browned by the first hour, there’s a problem. I am not sure if you can test your oven to ensure the temperature is correct but perhaps start off at 180C and bake for 30 min. If it has browned enough you can drop the temp to 160 and finish off. Also, cauliflower isn’t terribly moist but if you feel that your mixture is a bit on the wet side, try using only the egg yolk to help bind and a bit more cheese. Also perhaps try thinning out the bread as much as you can? Please let me know if you try this again and how you go. My oven does run on the hot side so I may need to note alternative temps/times.

  10. oldtowngal July 24, 2013 Reply

    I think the person cooked it at 160c, which is not what ‘our’ oven temperatures are here in the US. The oven temperature here would be like 325 degrees fahrenheit. That’s why it never cooked at over an hour.

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      Moni July 25, 2013 Reply

      Thanks so much! I think you may be right. The original recipe had the temperature in Fahrenheit which I then converted to Celsius for Australian readers. I’ll add both to avoid confusion. Thanks again :)

  11. Christina February 27, 2014 Reply

    So you don’t cook the cauliflower?

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      Moni February 27, 2014 Reply

      Nope :) The cauliflower doesn’t take long to cook once it’s been blitzed to pieces.

  12. Bri April 10, 2014 Reply

    I’ve found that Cauliflower actually has a ton of moisture. I usually microwave (after blitzing :)) for 5 minutes or so, then put it in a cheesecloth or dish towel and squeeze (and squeeze) the liquid out – you’ll be surprised how much water comes out. Then I mix it with the rest of the ingredients. I just find it stays together better when removing the moisture. It’s an extra step but has been the only way I’ve found to get the right bread or crust like texture.

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      Moni April 16, 2014 Reply

      Thanks for the tip! You’re quite right in that cauliflower retains a lot of moisture. I think it’s worth doing what you suggest or use cauliflower that’s been in the fridge for a while, unloved :)

  13. Karen Garrard May 26, 2014 Reply

    I can’t wait to try this recipe Moni! Can you tell me what is on the top that us white? Karen.x

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      Moni June 5, 2014 Reply

      Hi Karen! Thanks for visiting :) Hope you’ve tried the recipe. The white cream is just plain sour cream. Went nicely with the cauliflower bread :D

  14. Mo August 4, 2014 Reply

    If not eaten fresh cauliflower in ages..When I went to take mine out of fridge it had what looks like black mold on it..can it be cut off or does whole head need to be tossed

  15. Kathleen August 4, 2014 Reply

    May I ask – I don’t own any blenders. Would you suggest chopping the cauliflower to smithereens? I can’t afford one at the moment but this looks absolutely delicious!
    Kath

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      Moni August 5, 2014 Reply

      Hi Kathleen. If you have a nice sharp knife and patience, absolutely! Just make sure you don’t have pieces that are too much bigger than 1/2 a cm or 1/3 an inch. Maybe even bash the chopped up cauliflower with a rolling pin (using a clean cloth over the cauliflower) to help the process? The cloth will soak up any moisture too :)

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