Carb Free Cheese Toastie

We have the perfect healthy alternative to a cheese toastie for you here. This recipe replaces the usual ingredient of bread with cauliflower, but we’ve kept in the cheese so there’s no compromise on taste. Tess Ward shows you how to make it.

INGREDIENTS:
1 Small Head of Cauliflower
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Free Range Egg
25g Grated Parmesan
120g Grated Comte or Mature Cheddar Cheese
Fine Sea Salt
1 tbsp Butter
1 Large Pickled Gherkin

STEP 1: PREHEAT OVEN
Preheat oven to 220°C/ 450°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and liberally grease it with olive oil. Set aside.

STEP 2: RICE CAULIFLOWER
In a food processor rice the cauliflower florets until they are a fine crumb.

STEP 3: COOK CAULIFLOWER RICE
Heat the olive in a large frying pan on a low-medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice (about 3 cups) and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring continually or until soft. You want the water to evaporate as much as possible from the cauliflower without developing colour. The cauliflower rice needs to be almost completely dry, otherwise you’ll end up with mushy dough.

STEP 4: BAKE INTO SQUARES
Transfer the cauliflower rice to a mixing bowl, add egg, parmesan, 25g of your cheese of choice, ¼ tsp salt and mix well, then spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and shape into 4 bread squares. Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until golden. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes, then gently peel them off the parchment paper.

STEP 5: ASSEMBLE GRILLED CHEESE
Heat a pan over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of cauliflower crust bread and place the buttered side down in the pan. Cover the bread liberally with your chosen cheese, plus gherkin or jalapeno (if using) and top with the remaining slice of cauliflower crust bread, buttered side up.

STEP 6: COOK AND ENJOY
Cook until golden brown, about 2 to 4 minutes, then gently flip and cook until golden brown on the other side for the same time. Serve with spicy hot sauce, maybe a salad (then we are really being healthy) and your condiments of choice. Best enjoyed when hot and oozingly melty.

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