May 16, 2014

Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese

Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
Don’t worry people, I’m going to cauliflower crust rehab in a day or so.
They say the first step in solving a problem is to admit that you have a problem.
So, here it goes: “Hello, my name is Mike and I’m a cauliflower crust addict
Hello Mike
Over a year ago I’ve first tried cauliflower crust and since then I’ve been making it at least twice a week. It started out with pizza, then it was calzone, hot pockets, breadsticks and stromboli. I can’t seem to stop. I need help!
Seriously though, when I made the cauli crust stromboli (about a month ago), I thought that was the end of my experiments with cauliflower crust.
Apparently not.
But before we move on, let me say this: If you’re sick and tired of this cauli crust thing, feel free to leave. It’s okay, we can still be friends (or at least I'll pretend to be your friend...)
If, instead, you’re willing to cope with my cauliflower madness in all its psychotic glory, then I can show you what I believe is one of my biggest achievement with cauliflower crust.
I made cauliflower crust grilled cheese! BOOM!

Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
At its base, grilled cheese is one of the most simple things ever. Bread, butter and cheese.
The basic steps are: butter the bread, place the slice into a heated skillet, sprinkle the cheese, top with another bread slice and cook until golden brown on both sides and cheese is oozing out.
In order to forge a healthier grilled cheese, we need to make some uh-mazing cauliflower crust slices of bread. A bit of work, but totally worth it.
It starts with the usual procedure.
Ricing the cauliflower, cooking it and squeezing out as much moisture as possible (I know, this part sucks!).
Now comes the “fun” part, aka making the cauliflower crust slices of bread (and I totally agree with you, this a very lame definition of fun!)
I like my bread to be squared, which is what I went for, but feel free to use you imagination. Rectangles, rounds, oval....endless possibilities.
Making cauliflower crust grilled cheese
15 minutes in the oven and voila’. We got ourselves 4 awesome slices of cauliflower crust bread.
Making cauliflower crust grilled cheese
Let them cool and then you’re pretty much ready to make your grilled cheese.
I have a confession to make, I got a lil carried away with the cheese.
Really, you don’t need to go overboard like I did; sometimes less is more.
But if you do get carried away, don’t worry, you’re eating two full servings of cauliflower with each grilled cheese. That alone justifies using extra cheese.
Cauliflower Crust Grilled Cheese
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Ingredients 
Makes 2 grilled cheese sandwiches

Cauliflower crust “bread” slices

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets (should yield 3 cups of cauliflower rice)
1 free-range organic egg, lightly beaten
½ cup / 1.7 oz / 50 gr shredded mozzarella cheese
½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Grilled cheese

1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
⅓ cup / 3 oz / 85 gr sharp cheddar cheese, grated/shredded, room temperature

Directions
Cauliflower crust “bread” slices

Preheat oven to 450°F (220°C) and place a rack in the middle.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and liberally grease it with olive oil. Set aside.
In a food processor rice the cauliflower florets (it should be evenly chopped but not completely pulverized).
Transfer cauliflower rice (about 3 cups) to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 8 minutes, until cooked.
Place the cauliflower rice in a tea towel and twist it to squeeze as much moisture as you can (I usually squeeze out over a cup of liquid). This is very important. The cauliflower rice needs to be dry, otherwise you’ll end up with mushy dough, impossible to use as slices of bread.
Transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl, add egg, mozzarella, salt, pepper and mix well.
Spread cauliflower mixture onto the lined baking sheet and shape into 4 squares. 
Place in the oven and bake for about 16 minutes until golden.
Remove and let cool 10 minutes before peeling them off the parchment paper (be careful not to break them!)

Assemble cauliflower crust grilled cheese

Heat a pan over medium heat.
Butter one side of each slice of cauliflower crust bread (preferably the top part).
Place one slice of bread in the pan, buttered side down, sprinkle with the cheese and top with the remaining slice of cauliflower crust bread, buttered side up.
Turn the heat down a notch and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes.
Gently flip and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition facts

One grilled cheese yields 374 calories, 29 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbs and 23 grams of protein.

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41 comments:

  1. Looks incredible...I so want one!

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  2. Everything cauliflower.... so much love!

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  3. That is the most cheesy deliciousness I've ever seen.

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  4. Mike, this is THE greatest grilled cheese I have ever seen. Seriously. The cauliflower? Genius!!! I have become a huge fan of your blog and creations and am incredibly impressed. Have an awesome weekend.

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    1. Thanks Matt, I am myself a huge fan of your blog as well!

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  5. Please, please, please don't go into cauliflower crust rehab!!! Grilled cheese is one of the things I miss the most and it never even occurred to me to try a remake - looks perfect for the rainy weekend we're having!

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    1. Ok, ok, ok since you insist I will not go into cauli crust rehab...but if I get into trouble I'm expecting you to come to my rescue!

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  6. Looks great but can I steam the califlower instead of using a microwave?

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    1. Absolutely. Take a look into the comment section of the Cauliflower Crust Calzone recipe, many have succeed making cauliflower crust by steaming the cauli rice!

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  7. I am not a huge fan of bread - but cauliflower crust bread is pure GENIUS!!! Mike, please don't curb your addiction yet - keep em coming! I have one question - any suggestions on what would be a good sub for that 1/2 cup of mozz? I've used coconut oil and ground flax - but would love a fluffier texture - like yours...

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    1. Have you tried whipped flax eggs? It should work pretty well!

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  8. Hi Mike, you did it again, another great cauliflower recipe. I bet this is delicious!

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    1. It is delicious Cheri and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Wow!! The cauliflower slices look perfect!!!!
    I have to try them!!!!

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    1. If you do try them let me know how you like 'em!

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  10. Dude! This looks incredible. I do agree that you have a cauliflower crust problem...but that's a good problem to have. Every time I see one of your cauliflower crust posts, I am inspired to try it out. I think I want to try the pizza crust first...it looks so amazing!! Nice job, wolfie, nice job!

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    1. You have to try cauli crust pizza, it's life changing. For real!

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  11. Do you know how thick "slices" or pizza "crust" can be made without being too soft or loosing form/ taste?

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    1. As thick as you like, but you need to adjust cooking time accordingly!

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  12. I just discovered your blog today, thanks to Lauren at Oatmeal With A Fork. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, and even though I bake bread, I really don't like bread, so this recipe sounds absolutely fantastic. And thank you for including nutrition information. When it's not listed, I have to figure it out myself before I can consider making a recipe. With this recipe I can just do it. I can hardly wait to see what else you have on your site.

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    1. I'm so happy you've found my blog. So I guess I have to thank you to Lauren for that! :)

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  13. Love cauliflower with cheese sauce and this takes that love to a whole new level. Can't describe how good that cheese looks!

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  14. Whoa! This recipe kind of blew my mind. Must send this along to my celiac sister, she would love to recreate this. Great recipe! Very inventive :) Nice photos too!

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  15. Hi Mike, OMG... this is soooo inviting. May I have some please? :))
    You're an excellent chef and photographer. 2 thumbs up for you.

    Best regards.
    Amelia

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  16. I I have a question, do you add water to the cauliflower rice before putting it in the microwave, or do you just microwave it as is?

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  17. This recipe is amazing!! It takes a little bit of work, but totally worth it! I posted on my website (http://ana-garcia.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/cauliflower-crust-grilled-cheese). Hope you are ok with that!

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  18. I stumbled on this from a friend on Facebook and told my hubby to make it for our anniversary this Monday. :) Both of us have the same question, though...what in the world is a tea towel?

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    1. Hey Sheila,
      so a tea towel is dish towel (or dish cloth if you prefer).

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  19. I clicked preview and poof! What I typed was gone. So hopefully this works. I wish I could put a picture here. I don't eat cauliflower, but this sandwich was not only picture perfect... it was delicious! I made it today. I had to wing it a bit because the cauliflower head was small, but I had to absolutely picture perfect 'slices'. I didn't have a lot of moisture drip out of the towel, but it was wet, and again... perfect 'slices'. Can you make a batch of these and freeze them? Seems like a great thing to have handy.

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    1. Hey Janet,
      I've never tried freezing them but I don't see why it shouldn't work. I'm so glad you liked it so much, it makes me super happy!

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    2. Thank you Mike. It's kind of a labor intensive process, so I wouldn't mind having a supply in the freezer. I can't wait to make more and get creative with my grilled cheese sandwiches.

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  20. I must try this, I am Gluten sensitive so NO bread, pizza etc at all unless its gluten free & most of that stuff is horrible. I am hoping for good things from this, fingers X'd

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  21. I would love to try this! Since I've had to go gluten free, one of the big things I've missed is grilled cheese. However, I don't eat eggs. Any idea of what a good substitute would be to maintain the recipe?

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    1. I may never eat grilled cheese on bread again. I make extras and keep them in the freezer. I don't know much about egg substitutes, but I did a search and you definitely can use an egg replacer. Here's my Google search result: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=egg+substitute+in+cauliflower+pizza+crust&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

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