Baked Breaded Cauliflower “Mozzarella Sticks”
I never really had it growing up because my dad doesn’t like the taste of it. And when I finally started to truly love vegetables, I found out cauliflower was a vegetable that didn’t exactly smell great — unless you bread it and bake it in a lovely mixture of Italian seasoning and Panko…
But when cauliflower and I really met, and talked through our issues, it became clear we were meant for each other. Mashed cauliflower puree, cauliflower pizza crust, roasted cauliflower, it goes on. And this baked breaded cauliflower is just another dish to add to the list.
Eating these cauliflower bites is like eating mozzarella sticks, except without all the oil and cheese and frying. They’re even delicious dipped in marinara sauce. A healthier (and dare I say tastier) option for a very heavy snack food has arrived with this dish. Let us rejoice.
It’s a bit messy to make these, and your hands will get gloppy with Panko and egg wash. But it’s so worth it. The process itself is pretty simple, actually. You’ll have leftover flour and Panko, but that’s necessary to make sure everything gets coated.
I hope cauliflower doesn’t scare you, like it once did to me. If it does, trust me when I tell you this is the recipe to get your relationship back on track.
- 1 cauliflower
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup milk
- 3 tsp Italian seasoning
- 4 tbs Parmesan cheese
- 2 cups Panko crumbs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Prepare cauliflower by de-stemming and separating florets into small chunks.
- Place flour, salt, and pepper in one bowl. Eggs, milk, 1 tsp of Italian seasoning, and cheese go in the second bowl. Remaining Italian seasoning and Panko go in third bowl.
- Dip each cauliflower bite into flour, egg wash, and then bread crumbs. Place each on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, until cauliflower starts browns. Let cool a few minutes before serving.