Baked Cauli-tots

May 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm (Alma's faves, breakfast, Cruciferous rich, Derek's faves, unrated, Website / blog) ()


There are a million recipes online for cauliflower “tots”. They’re a fun change of pace from simple roasted cauliflower, and they’re easy to make in advance when you need a quick breakfast. Serve the cauli-tots with some already cooked beans and some fresh fruit and they’ll make a great breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 600g (1 medium head) cauliflower, grated (use the whole cauliflower, including the stem, and do NOT cook it)
  • 1 to 2 carrots, grated (about 110-220g, optional)
  • 1 to 2 scallions, finely sliced (optional)
  • 4 to 5.25 ounces / 130 to 150g sharp cheddar cheese or gruyere, grated (about 1 to 1.33 cups) 
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 60g (1 cup) cornmeal, wholemeal breadcrumbs, or ground oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt (maybe still too much?)
  • a few grinds of black pepper
  • teaspoon ground mustard (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a mini muffin tin or a baking sheet.
  2. Shred the cauliflower using your food processor’s smallest grating holes. Then place the shredded cauliflower in a kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess moisture.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, and mix with a fork until combined.
  4. Using a spoon or scoop, divide the mixture between the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cups. If you’re using a cookie sheet, use a spatula to flatten the balls out into pancakes.
  5. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Flip halfway if using a baking sheet.
  6. Allow to cool slightly before running a knife around the edge to pop the tots out of the muffin tin.

My notes:

The first recipe I tried was the one on the Cupcakes and Kale Chips blog, which (doubled) calls for 1 head of cauliflower, 8 ounces cheese, and 2 tsp. kosher salt. I used 1/2 a teaspoon of fine salt. Yikes, were they salty. They were very tasty, but very salty. The next time I made them I reduced the cheese and used less salt, and they came out better. I also forgot to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower, but the texture was still good.

I made them for a third time tonight for dinner, but this time I didn’t bake them in mini muffin tins. Instead, I just used an ice cream soup to portion out balls onto an oiled cookie sheet, then flattened the balls into disks, and baked in the oven at 200 degrees until browned. Then I flipped them and baked briefly on the other side. I used about 2/3 bread crumbs and 1/3 the leftover breading mixture from my Mom’s baked tofu recipe. Derek and Alma both loved them.

The fourth time I made them I had way too much mixture for one cookie sheet, so I ended up making several batches, but I didn’t add any oil to the cookie sheet after the first batch, and they still came out well. The only issue was that the caulitots on the outside and back corner of the pan cook much faster than the others, so I had to keep checking them and taking out the brown caulitots and replacing them with more uncooked mixture, until finally all the caulitots were done.

Next time I want to try something more like this Healthy Little Foodies version.

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