Gluten-free and Dairy-free dishes have been coming to the forefront in recent times. Some folks choose to be GF and DF for health reasons and others just do. My Friend, Missus Dear Friend is now GF/DF and Vegetraian for a little more than a year now. This has nudged me onto that culinary path and researching recipes has been very eye opening. I made this dish for our Easter Brunch Potluck (yeah, I know I’m behind, but what can I say, we’ve been busy).
GF/DF Cauliflower Crust Mini Quiches
1 head of Cauliflower
1 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. Granulated Garlic
1/3 C. diced Sweet White Onion
½ C. Dairy-free grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
6 Eggs, separated
Preheat the oven to 375⁰
*Rice the Cauliflower by either using a large holed Box Grater or whiz it up in a Food Processor fitted with its Metal Blade.
Place Cauliflower in a Microwave safe dish; stir in well the Salt and cook on high for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool until you can handle it. Transfer the now steamed Riced Cauliflower to a large piece of Cheesecloth, and wring as much of the water out as you can (this will take a lot of upper body strength, believe me!)
In a large bowl, whisk 2 of the Eggs; add the Cauliflower, Olive Oil, Granulated Garlic, Onion, Parm and S&P to taste, remembering that the steamed riced Cauliflower already has 1 teaspoon of Salt. Combine well. Spray a Muffin Tin well and divide the Cauliflower mixture evenly in the cups.
I used a small round, flat bottomed glass to press the Cauliflower into each cup, pressing firmly, but you could just use your fingers, making sure to push the mixture up the side of each cup. So what you’re doing is forming the crust on the bottom and side as evenly as possible.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and set firm.
Whisk the remaining 4 Eggs and pour evenly between all of the cups.
Here’s where you can show your personality. Add in any fillings (or not, plain is good too) that you like in a Quiche. I chose leftover steamed Rapini with Garlic and Olive Oil, leftover sautéed Crimini Mushrooms with Olive Oil and Garlic, diced Tomatoes, freeze dried Chives and topped each with more DF Parm. Bake 15-20 minutes or til the Eggs are set.
Allow to cool slightly before removing, using a plastic-disposable knife is best.
Serving Suggestion above, either warm or at room temp.
*Cooks Note: For convenience, just buy a bag of already Riced Cauliflower, also they stick like a son-of-a-gun! Be sure to spray non-stick-spray liberally just before putting in the Cauliflower mixture.
Also, Mrs. DF later tried this recipe as well and used a silicone Muffin pan, works even better!
This was a lovely Easter Potluck Brunch, what a schpread!
(You’ll note that the only Meat, Dairy or Gluten ((those are GF Crackers and Chips there)) is the Ham and Cheese Sandwich Platter meant for DH)