1 SmartPts

Cauliflower Breadsticks

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When I first went to taste cauliflower breadsticks I was like “No Way am I going to love these as much as traditional breadsticks!”

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Yield :

  • Makes 12 servings .

Ingredients :

  • 1 head cauliflower, large (7″ – 8″ wide)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup + 3/4 cup (for topping) Mozzarella/Tex Mex cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian herb seasoning or any dried herbs like rosemary, basil, parsley
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Preparation :

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse cauliflower, remove outer leaves and separate into florets with a paring knife. Place cauliflower florets in a food processor and process until “rice” texture. Some coarse chunks are fine.
  • Place in an oven proof baking dish (I used Pyrex pie dish) and bake for 20 mins. Remove cooked cauliflower from the oven and transfer to a bowl lined with a tea/linen towel (I used glass tea towel from a Dollar store, similar to this one). Let the cauliflower cool down a bit until it is safe to touch, about 15 minutes.
  • Fold the towel holding by the ends and squeeze the liquid out of the cauliflower “ball” as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out. I squeezed out 1 cup of liquid. Second photo, from right to left: before squeezing, after squeezing, liquid squeezed out.
  • Increase oven T to 450 degrees F. Transfer cauliflower to a mixing bowl along with egg whites, 1/2 cup cheese, herb seasoning, black pepper, pinch of salt and mix to combine.
    Transfer cauliflower mixture onto the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten with your hands into a rectangle, approximately 9″ x 7″ size and 1/4″ thick.
  • Bake for 18 minutes, remove from the oven and top with remaining 3/4 cup cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes and then broil until cheese turns golden brown. Cut into 12 breadsticks and serve hot with warm marinara sauce, if desired. P.S. For a lighter version, do not top with cheese.Storage Instructions: Refrigerate covered for up to 2 days. You can also freeze the breadsticks tightly wrapped in plastic, for up to 1 month. Thaw on a counter or in a microwave.

Nutritional Info :

  • Nutritional Info (no cheese topping)
    Amount Per Serving = 1 breadstick:
    Calories: 33.3
    Total Fat: 0.9 g
    Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
    Sodium: 48.4 mg
    Total Carbs: 3.8 g
    Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
    Protein: 3.1 g
    SmartPts: 1
  • Nutritional Info (with cheese)
    Servings Per Recipe: 12
    Amount Per Serving = 1 breadstick:
    Calories: 53.0
    Total Fat: 2.2 g
    Cholesterol: 6.2 mg
    Sodium: 107.6 mg
    Total Carbs: 3.8 g
    Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
    Protein: 4.9 g

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