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Open Faced Italian Grilled Cheese with Cauliflower Toast - Shaws Simple Swaps 1
Open Faced Italian Grilled Cheese with Cauliflower Toast
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
47 mins
Cheesy, comforting grilled cheese gets a makeover with this Open Faced Italian Grilled Cheese with Cauliflower Toast!
Course: Entree, Sandwich
Cuisine: Comfort Classic, Italian
Servings: 5 toasts
Author: Elizabeth Shaw
  • 1 head of cauliflower chopped leaves and steams removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • dash sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan Romano cheese blend
  • 1 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs I used gluten free
  • 2/3 cup marinara sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 450*F. Line a large baking sheet and spray liberally with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse cauliflower florets in small batches until a rice consistency is achieved. Remove rice like cauliflower from food processor in small batches one at a time and place on the baking sheet. Heat for 10-15 minutes to remove excess moisture.
  3. Keep oven on but remove baking sheet and let cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine garlic powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, basil, salt, eggs, Parmesan Romano cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, and bread crumbs. Mix together.
  5. Once cauliflower has cooled, add this to the bowl and mix well.
  6. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and respray with nonstick oil, liberally.
  7. Portion mixture into 5 toast like squares on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 450*F for 15 minutes. Remove and flip, baking for an additional 12 minutes.
  9. Remove tray from oven, place 2 spoonfuls of marinara sauce on each toast and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese over the top.
  10. Place back in oven for an additional 3-5 minutes to melt cheese.
  11. Remove once melted and let cool a few minutes.
  12. Enjoy and top with some fresh basil!
Recipe Notes

You can use panko bread crumbs too if you don't need a gluten free choice. Also, feel free to jazz it up with your own unique toppings, like bell peppers, onions and fresh tomatoes!
Recipe inspired from Joy Food to Junk Food!