For my latest experiment, I decided to try the Cauliflower Pizza Bites that are quite popular on Pinterest. Cauliflower has become the new tofu – it can be used as a substitute for a wide variety of less healthy ingredients.
Many recipes calling for a cauliflower substitute require a food processor to turn the vegetable into a “rice-like” consistency. This was the first step in the recipe.
I then had to pan fry the cauliflower rice, and it was a little difficult to determine when it was done. It was supposed to turn translucent. I just waited until a few little pieces started to brown/burn up…so hopefully that was appropriate.
I then used the food processor again to mix up the egg white, cottage cheese, and spices. Once those ingredients achieved a smooth consistency I mixed with the stir fried cauliflower.
Instead of using a muffin tin (which I read can be difficult to clean and can leave the bites soggy on the bottom) I used piles of mixture on parchment paper, a more highly recommended solution. I pressed one turkey pepperoni onto the top of each.
These didn’t turn out perfect. In the end, the bites were quite crumbly. I certainly couldn’t pick them up and dip them in pizza sauce. I ended up putting a few on a plate and using a fork to pick up a bite and then dip in sauce that way. They certainly weren’t undercooked because they were quite brown and any longer in the oven they would have burned.
I also had some issues where the turkey pepperoni turned out pretty crunchy. If I make again I’ll want to add the pepperoni halfway through cooking instead of at the beginning. Or I might cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces and stir into the mix.
However, despite some issues, the flavor was pretty good. I don’t think they would have been very good without the pizza sauce, however.
Ease: 2/4 – not hard to do, but hard to do well
Leftovers: 3/4? – I don’t know if I can give a fair verdict since my original product didn’t turn out perfect. They did reheat okay, but they were already crumbly.