Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower “Bread”

I’m neither a vegetarian or gluten free, but sometimes it is fun to cook that way.  The idea of using cauliflower as a base for pizza has been floating around Pinterest for awhile and I have been curious to try it out myself.  I was making dinner for a few friends and the idea of garlic bread was inciting, and a lower-cal garlic bread sounded even better!

Using cauliflower as a base for garlic cheese bread does not require anymore steps than making a dough from scratch.  The only difference I would make would be to drain the cauliflower of some of it’s liquid to create a dryer dough.  The edges became nice and crispy, but I wish the middle was crispier.  The flavor is fantastic!  There is a strong garlic flavor and plenty of cheesy goodness.

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Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower “Bread”
Adapted from Mom, what’s for dinner?
Yields – 3-4 servings

1 small cauliflower (only need 1 cup of pureed cauliflower)
1/2 + 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 + 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cloves garlic, smashed or finely diced
olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, very soft
salt and pepper
marinara sauce for dipping

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small pieces.  Steam for about 15 minutes until fork tender.
  3. Use a food processor or ricer or immersion blender to puree the cauliflower, discard any chunks.  Squeeze out any excess moisture.
  4. Shred all your cheese!
  5. Add 1 cup of the pureed cauliflower into a bowl with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, the egg, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Use a fork to thoroughly mix together.
  6. Rub a baking stone with olive oil and lay a sheet of parchment paper on top, oil the parchment paper as well.  Pour on the cauliflower mix.
  7. Use your hands to pat the cauliflower dough into a rectangle on the parchment paper.  Try to make the crust as even as possible.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.  I had to check several times.
  9. Meanwhile, mash together the butter and the two remaining cloves of garlic with some salt and pepper.
  10. Smear the garlic butter on top of the hot crust and then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of each cheese.
  11. Bake for another 5-6 minutes, but watch closely!  You want the cheese to be bubbly and golden brown, not burnt.
  12. Cut into slices and served with sauce if desired.  These are great room temperature as well as hot!
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3 responses to “Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower “Bread”

  1. Irene

    Did you ever try preheating the stone? Bakers Illustrated saying to preheat the pizza stone for one hour at 500 degrees. My pizza gets so crispy now!

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