If you have been following my blog, you will notice that we eat a lot of cauliflower. That is because there are so many interesting ways you can prepare it to make it delicious and taste different. This recipe for Cauliflower Breaded Chicken – tasted almost exactly like breaded chicken, but so much healthier and still good. I cooked this one day during the week and the only difficult thing about it, was the time it took to bake the cauliflower “bread” crumbs.
I started by chopping the cauliflower into chunks and placed them into the food processor until they were the same size as couscous. Then I sprinkled the cauliflower onto the covered baking sheet. The baking sheet is covered with parchment paper because I hate cleaning the baking sheets after I use them. The cauliflower is wet, I found that it was good to sprinkle the cauliflower onto the pan to avoid large clumps forming.
First thing about this cauliflower recipe – it takes longer than you think Usually when Jamie cooks I am always so worried about when we are eating (hopefully before 9pm) – well this time it took me a lot longer than I thought to make homemade pizza sauce and cauliflower crust. Now that I have done it once though I have learned and can’t wait to make it again.
I started by shredding the cauliflower in the food processor into crumbles. I did not use the whole cauliflower, probably a little more than half and saved the rest for a future dinner since cauliflower is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with recently. Then I cooked the cauliflower in the microwave for about 8 minutes in a micro-wave safe bowl and let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
After I let the cauliflower cool I mixed in the ingredients for the “dough” – eggs, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, salt, and garlic powder. Go ahead and pre-heat your oven now for 450 degrees and roll the mixture into a ball in the bowl. I took out my pizza stone, sprayed it with Mac Oil and rolled the “dough” out as evenly as possible. Continue reading
Jamie and I love to watch the cooking competition shows (like Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Chopped, Master Chef) and on one episode of Top Chef, Emeril (a judge at the time) cooked a whole chicken and he rubbed the herbs under the skin. I thought this was so cool and told Jamie that I was going to try it. Then a couple weeks later I was at working thinking about what I was going to cook for dinner and all of a sudden – I knew I had to try it.
I researched different ways that people were stuffing they’re chicken and chicken skin – Beer Can Chicken looked awesome, but that’s a story for another day. I didn’t use a specific recipe – I ended up pulling different things from a couple recipes and making my own version. (always turns out better) On my way home from work I went to the store and bought my first 5lb. chicken and assorted veggies (leeks, potatoes, carrots) to lay in the bottom of the pan. My fiance and I are the only ones in the house, but luckily his business partner was over. I told them I was going to cook a whole chicken and I needed them to eat it. Of course, no problem.