There is no question that cauliflower has been having a long, popular moment. I was already a cauliflower fan, even a cauliflower lover, mostly in the form of sliced and broken chunks of cauliflower tossed with a generous amount of olive oil, sprinkled with a liberal amount of salt, and roasted to a deep caramelized brown in a fairly high oven. My family can eat a baking sheet of that before dinner even hits the table.
But geez, once people started realized you could “rice” it – eg, chop it into tiny rice-sized pieces – it blossomed into a true “thing”. It can be used in stir fries, pizza crusts, risottos, meatloaves – anywhere regular rice can make an appearance, you might find cauliflower edging its way in.
And now, have you heard? Cauliflower is taking over your tater tot! The same general concept – finely chopped and cooked cauliflower bits – is showing up in the form of Caulitots.
To start with, these are just plain delicious. (The cheese does not hurt.) Secondly, they are just plain fun. Thirdly, if you are in the bucket of parents wondering endlessly how to get more vegetables into your kids’ bellies, you may have found a go-to solution.
You may even want to enlist a kid or two to help you form the tots, which is a fairly enjoyable task, but more enjoyable with a helper.
Here are some additional items I think I’m going to try adding to the tots in the future: minced chives, chopped parsley, a pinch of garlic powder, or chili powder or paprika. But if you make them just as they are below, I’ll probably see you at the next Cauliflower Fan Club meeting.
That up there is the Greek Turkey Meatloaf, dotted with feta, olives, and oregano. That is one of my all time greatest hits meatloaves.
Other Cauliflower Recipes:
- Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing
- Braised Cauliflower with Anchovies and Capers
- Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Tapenade
- Perfect Simple Roasted Cauliflower
Also read: How to Cook Cauliflower.
- 2 ½ cups cauliflower florets
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- ⅓ cup Panko breadcrumbs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Oil a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper, and set aside. Place the cauliflower florets with 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan, cover the pot, place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and place the chopped cauliflower in a food processor. Pulse the cauliflower until it is in very small pieces, essentially a grated rice-like consistency.
- Place the cauliflower on a clean kitchen towel, roll it up, and twist and squeeze it over the kitchen sink until you have removed as much moisture from the cauliflower as possible.
- Lightly beat the egg in a medium sized bowl, and mix in the cheddar, Parmesan, Panko, and salt and pepper. Add the cauliflower and stir to combine. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of the mixture and form them into cylindrical shapes and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the caulitots are golden and firm. Serve hot.
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