And December has already arrived!
With this month it comes new challenges, lots of sharing, Christmas recipes and other interesting stuff.
To kick off the month the best way I decided to prepare a fragrant and delicious cauliflower that is perfect to serve on Christmas Eve or in any other occasion.
This bread takes very little four and is made mainly by cauliflower. As so, it is healthy and rich in fiber and minerals. It is flat (it doesn't raise) and you can serve it in lots of different ways.
I added garlic, olive oil and cilantro to half of the bread and I left the other half plain to serve later with other stuff, such as avocado and lemon, tomato and oregano, humus, almond butter...
There's lots of possible combinations to serve with this bread but for me the winner is definitely the garlic fragrance and the fresh cilantro...Portuguese flavors in a healthy but equally delicious version...
Cauliflower Garlic Bread
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Cost: ~1,85 € (in Portugal)
Nutritional Information (per slice): 60 Kcal, 2 g protein, 6 g carbs, 6 g fat
1 medium Cauliflower hear (~450 g)
3/4 cup Oats (~90 g, or oat flour)
3 tbsp ground Flax (thickened in 7.5 tbsp of water for about 15 minutes)
3 Garlic cloves
2 tbsp virgin Olive Oil (optional)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt (optional)
1/4 cup fresh chopped Cilantro
1. Place ground flax in a small bowl, add in the water and give it a stir to combine. Let it thicken for about 15 minutes. Reserve.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 360 F/180 ºC and prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (mine was 12.5 in x 10 in).
3. Chop the cauliflower into florets and place them in the food processor. Pulse a few times to get a rice-like texture avoiding overprocessing it. Transfer it to a large bowl. (I made this process in three times to make it easier to the foos processor to "rice"-up the cauliflower.)
4. Place the oats into the food processor or coffee grinder and process it until you get a fine flour. Alternatively use ready-to-use oat flour. Add it to the cauliflower in the bowl.
5. Add in the thickened flax and the sea salt if desired and stir well to combine. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet and spread it to cover the bottom using the back of a spoon or a spatula. The dough should be 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Place it in the oven and let it bake for about 50 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and place it in a mortar. Add in the olive oil and mash it with the pestle to form a paste, leaving some garlic chunks.
7. After about 50 minutes baking or when the bread is almost done (golden on top and crispy on the edges and not moist inside), spread the garlic paste over it and let it bake for another 10 minutes so the garlic becomes golden. Remove from oven and let it cool down at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. The bread will become firmer and easier to slice. Sprinkle the fresh cilantro on top, slice it and serve it.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. Happy December!