No more boring veggies - Cauliflower Pizza Bites

For most of my life the only way I knew to eat cauliflower was raw and covered in veggie dip. It wasn’t until we made our first mashed cauliflower video – Va Va Veggie Mashed Cauliflower - that I realized there was an entire cauliflower world I was missing out on.

Since then we’ve made other videos featuring delicious cauliflower recipes, like Garlic Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower and Cauliflower Steaks. And now that I know cauliflower doesn’t have to be boring, I’ve been experimenting with creating my own recipes like these Cauliflower Pizza Bites.

Although the recipe title has the name "pizza" right in it, these do not taste exactly like pizza. I know, shocking! Here’s the deal: I really do love pizza. My local pizza place knows my family by name and has our order memorized, so it’s safe to say I eat a lot of pizza. So I can’t honestly tell you these Cauliflower Pizza Bites will crush your craving for the real thing because I don’t want my pants to start on fire!

I will tell you that these Cauliflower Pizza Bites can definitely help you bring "no more boring" veggies to your dinner table, though. They are really simple to make – and when you call anything "pizza" around kids, they will come running!

To get started, cut up one small-to-medium cauliflower head.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites Prep

You don’t need a fine chop here, since the next step is to add the florets to a food processor to "rice" the cauliflower. You could also do this using a cheese grater, but it will be much faster and smoother in the food processor. Once you’re done with the cauliflower, it basically takes on the look of fine rice.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites Prep

If you’re familiar with cauliflower pizza crust recipes, the next steps would involve cooking and then removing as much moisture as possible from the cauliflower. With this recipe, you don’t have to worry about any of that, which is why it was so appealing to me. I like to try new things, but I don’t always like to work too hard for it in the kitchen. So wringing cauliflower out in a dish towel seems like a step further than I want to go.

Anyway, next you mix the Italian Garlic Seasoning, Onion Onion Seasoning, egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese together with the cauliflower.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites Prep

Spoon the mixture into a mini muffin tin and press it gently into the tin using the back of the spoon. Add 2-3 mini pepperonis to the top of each one before baking.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites Prep

Bake at 375°F for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool 5-10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Serve with your favorite pizza sauce and enjoy immediately. These Cauliflower Pizza Bites don’t taste as good once they are cold – unlike real pizza – so make sure to gobble them up right away.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Your family is sure to appreciate this easy cauliflower recipe and will probably start asking you to find even more ways to take the boring out of the veggies you serve. And when they do, tastefullysimple.com is there to help you find even more family-pleasing recipes!

Stacy

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Cauliflower Pizza Bites

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 24-count mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the grated cauliflower, Italian Garlic Seasoning, Onion Onion™ Seasoning, egg, cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Spoon the cauliflower mixture into each mini muffin tin and press down with the back of a spoon. Add 2-3 mini pepperonis to each one.
  4. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin.
  5. Serve with your favorite pizza sauce.
Makes 24 pizza bites.

Tips and Hints

  • Instead of cutting your own head of cauliflower, you can also buy a bag of cauliflower crumbles if they are available in your grocery store.
  • Since I needed just 2 cups of grated cauliflower, I didn’t use the entire head. I put the cauliflower in the food processor in batches and used the leftover florets for a veggie tray.
  • Lighten the recipe up using low-fat cottage cheese and turkey pepperoni.
  • You can use ricotta cheese in place of cottage cheese.
  • Use prepared Mama Mia Marinara Sauce Mix in place of pizza sauce.
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