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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

The original recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower Tots can be found on Produce for Kids. This is a good, simple recipe. Quick and easy to make. Win!

This recipe came about because I despise - with a passion - cauliflower. I don't like the taste, the smell, the texture. I don't like anything about it. While doing a webinar on "pandemic eating" for a local company, I was challenged to continue trying cauliflower until I found a way I enjoyed it. And, honestly, my first try did pretty well. I would make, and eat, these again. Final star rating - pretty high for cauliflower - is below.

Final Star Ratings
Flavor: **** (4 stars - I've impressed myself)
Texture: **** (4 stars - I've impressed myself)
Easy to Make: ***** (5 stars - Delicious Award)
Overall Rating: ****.3 (4.3 stars - I've impressed myself)

Check out this very simple recipe below!

Cheesy Cauliflower Tots
Serves 4
1 (10 oz) bag riced cauliflower
1 large egg
1 cup 2% shredded colby-jack cheese
1 tbsp Mrs. Dash garlic & herb seasoning

close up of cauliflower tot still in the paper muffin liner. It is yellow in color, with a golden brown top. It has texture in it from the cornmeal.
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line mini muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Cook cauliflower according to package directions (place entire package in microwave on high for 4 minutes - do not poke or open bag prior to cooking). Let cool. Pour cauliflower onto kitchen towel and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Mix cauliflower, egg, cheese, breadcrumbs, and Mrs. Dash in large bowl. Scoop evenly into prepared muffin tin.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
rows of cauliflower tots cooling on a metal rack. the tots are still wrapped in their paper liner.
They came out so perfect I had to take a million pictures

Notes for Next Time: As  you can see, this was quite a simple recipe. Except for the cauliflower, I kept all the same proportions from the original recipe. I didn't realize the cauliflower I ordered was actually quite a bit smaller than what the recipe called for. This honestly didn't hurt the recipe at all. Nicely, the frozen riced cauliflower had a little bit of garlic sprinkled on it already which made the kitchen smell great and helped hide the cauliflower smell (except for inside my microwave, which required much scrubbing to rid it of the farty cauliflower stench).

Because I had about 6 oz less of cauliflower than the original recipe, I could have cut back slightly on the cornmeal and cheese. Because I had so much of both, I ended up with a very dry mixture requiring a second egg. That held the mixture together perfectly. And, in the end, it was quite good. 

If I have the same 10 oz package of cauliflower rice next time, I will cutback the cornmeal to 1/3 cup and the cheese to 2/3 cup. Between both of those adjustments, I can stick with just one egg and reduce the overall calories/carbohydrates in the recipe. 

I had a cauliflower success on my first try. Yay me! Watch the video to see how easy it was to make. 

oak kitchen table with small ceramic plate painted with cherries. On the plate are 5 round cauliflower tots that resemble tiny muffins.
So cuuuuuuute

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