Number of Servings:
4 (5 bites per serving)
Nutrition Per Serving (5 bites):
What you will need:
1 1/2 cups grated cauliflower (approximately 1/2 large cauliflower head)
1 tsp. minced garlic, 2 cloves
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
3 large egg whites
Salt & pepper, to taste (I used approximately 1/4 tsp each)
1/4 tsp. dried rosemary
6 basil leaves, chopped fine
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 cup Ians All Natural Panko Breadcrumbs
Cauliflower can be very versatile if you know how to work with it. It takes time to learn how to balance the moisture of the cauliflower and the ingredients added. If you have too much moisture the end result will be a crumbly mess. Trust me. The number one thing I can tell you is to strain the cauliflower as best as you can.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking/cookie sheet with parchment paper and place baking racks on top. Spray the racks with non-stick spray.
Start by cutting your cauliflower in half. Measurements are based on using a large head of cauliflower. Cut the leaves and end of the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and toss into a food processor and process until the cauliflower reaches a rice/mashed potato look. It should be processed fine. The finer it is, the better the end result will hold together.
Scoop the cauliflower into a cheesecloth. You can find a cheesecloth at most grocery stores in the kitchen section. I purchase mine on from Vitacost.com as they have the best prices on health foods and kitchen necessities.
As you can see below, this is a partial result of straining the cauliflower with the cheesecloth. I placed the cauliflower into the center of the cheesecloth, pulled the edges up, twisted to close and squeezed as much liquid as I could out of the processed cauliflower.
This should be your end result. It should have the look of rice/mashed potatoes. Place the processed cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and cook for 4-6 minutes, stopping to stir halfway through.
Once cooked, add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Using a tablespoon and a half tablespoon, scoop the bites into 1 1/2 tablespoons in size, and roll into balls. Place evenly apart on the prepared racks and bake for 20-23 minutes. At 20 minutes in, remove from the oven & rotate the bites. Place back into the oven for remaining 2-3 minutes.
Feel free to serve any type of dip or sauce that you prefer. I dipped mine in Homemade Tomato Sauce. Enjoy!