Sunday, February 2, 2014

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  Who do you want to win the Super Bowl?!  Broncos?  Seahawks?

I have never been much of a professional football fan, but do follow college football very closely (Go Pokes!).  In other words I don't have a preference of who wins the Super Bowl tonight.  The commercials and halftime show are the main reason I watch the Super Bowl each year (check out my previous post for a preview of a few commercials).  I can't wait to see Bruno Mars perform at this years halftime show.

One of my all time favorite halftime shows was the 2002 performance by U2.  What an inspiration and tear jerker!  But a close runner up with either be Michael Jackson's performance in 1993 or last years performance with Beyonce.

This year my family and I are headed to our neighbors house for a little Super Bowl par-tay.  If I were having a Super Bowl party myself I would certainly offer todays recipe for Cauliflower Pizza Bites. They originated from the Mini Cauliflower Crust Pizza recipe I posted a few weeks ago. These Cauliflower Pizza bites offer a delicious crust made from Cauliflower and pizza sauce and are filled with gooey cheese.  Each bite will leaving you wanting more!

DISCLAIMER: This is one of the more difficult recipes we have posted on the blog.  You must follow the directions very precisely and carefully.  The cauliflower must be put into the food processor and transformed into rice shapes (I call the final product of this "Cauliflower Rice"). It is also crucial the cauliflower rice is put into a dish towel and ALL water is squeezed out.  If you follow these steps you will be very happy with the outcome.

Enjoy the game!
Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 mintues
Keywords: appetizer vegetarian pizza veggies
Ingredients (12-16 servings)
  • 1 small to medium sized head of cauliflower (should yield 2 to 3 cups once processed), washed and chopped (remove stems)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, shredded (I used closer to 1/8 cup)
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded (I used closer to 1/8 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 2 low fat string cheese sticks, cut into 6-8 smaller pieces each
1. Preheat over to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray pizza pan (or baking sheet) with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Wash and dry a small head of cauliflower. Cut off the florets (you don't need much stem). Pulse in your food processor for about 30 seconds, until you get rice shaped pieces. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and cover. Microwave for 4 minutes. Dump cooked cauliflower onto a clean dish towel and allow to cool.
3. Once cauliflower is cool enough to handle, wrap it up in the dish towel and ring the heck out of it. You want to squeeze out as much water as possible to ensure it will stick together.
4. Add ringed out cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add egg, shredded cheese, seasonings, and pizza sauce (may even need to mix with hands).
5. Form "dough" into a ball. Break away portions of the dough (about 2-3 teaspoons) and form bottom portion of a ball, stuff with string cheese piece, and add another 2 teaspoons of dough to complete other side of ball. Roll in hands to form nice ball shape and place on pizza or baking sheet. Repeat with remainder of dough.
6. Once all pizza balls place baking sheet in oven. Bake at 425 degrees about 20 minutes. If balls do not starting browning or get crusty outer shells increase oven temp to 450 degrees and cook another 3-5 minutes (you just want to make sure you get the inside cooked).
7. Optional: can serve with additional pizza sauce
Serving size: 3 bites • Servings: 5 • Calories: 87.3 kcal • Protein: 6.0 g • Carbs: 6.3 g • Fat: 3.9 g • Fiber: 3.0 g • Sugar: 0.0 g • Sodium: 160.5 mg
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