Cauliflower bites

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Spring is coming, I can feel it in the air – especially the pollen. So before winter is really over, and we change time tonight, here is a last recipe with a very wintery vegetable: cauliflower. Cauliflower makes me think of sunday lunches at my grandma, when I was trying to get much more of the béchamel than the veg. I really like it but I have never tried preparing it in different ways. I usually stick with my classics: cauliflower gratin with béchamel, roaster cauliflower and cauliflower soup (usually with some blue cheese). And that’s about it. No surprises. But then, a while ago already, I stumbled upon an appetizing picture of Cauliflower Tots from SkinnyTaste on Pinterest, and I felt quite excited to try this new way of cooking cauliflower. Then of course I forgot about it for months. I was reminded of it a few weeks ago, as I was trying to come up with something original for dinner, using what I had in the fridge. And I did not have much: I found cauliflower, a piece of parmesan rind, an an old piece of bread. Not exactly a good basis for a romantic dinner, but it was so cold outside, going out to refill was out of the question. And that is when I went back to the Cauliflower Tots, slightly adapted to make do with what I had. I have to say the Thermomix came in handy here.

Ingredients: 1 small cauliflower – 2 eggs – 1/2 onion – 2 slices old bread – Rind of parmesan cheese – a handful frozen parsley – salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 200 C. Cut the cauliflower into florets, wash them. Steam for 4-5 minutes or cook in boiling water for the same amount of time. The cauliflower has to come out tender but not mushy. Set aside to cool down.

2. Put the parmesan rind into the Thermomix and set on Speed 10 for 20 seconds, or until the parmesan rind comes out fully grated. This can make a lot of noise as the rind is very hard. Set aside and repeat with the bread in order to obtain fine bread crumbs.

3. Combine all ingredients together in the Thermomix bowl, set on Reverse Blade for 30 seconds.

4. Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden. I served this with a steak, but I had made quite a few bites, so we had some left overs which we had as an aperitif the day after, dipped in barbecue sauce.You can also try this using different types of vegetables.

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5 thoughts on “Cauliflower bites

  1. Great idea and I am sure these are so delicious. A great way to sneak veggies into unsuspecting teenage boys. LOL How do you like your thermomix? I have been looking at different models as I really use my food processor alot and it is on its last leg.

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    • Hi Bam, yes it is well-disguised veggies! And the BBQ sauce is trick men/boys even more (machiavelic).

      I am a fan of the Thermomix, but it is quite costly. I bought it because I was moving from a furnished apartment to my own flat, so I had no existing equipment of my own, and a small kitchen. Big pro is that is does everything: weighing, steaming, stirring, cooking and stirring at the same time (great for risotto or jam), ice cream, whipping up egg whites or cream, bread machine, blender…and you can use different functions at the same time. I use it several times a day. Only downside – as I know you have a family (and hungry boys) is that you can’t make huge portions in it. But you can comfortably cook for 4 people. Let me know if you want to know more!

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      • Thanks Charlotte for your response. This Thermomix sounds amazing but the size problem could be an issue but I also I have now as well as I always have to make 2 batches of everything as it will not fit into my little food processor. I love the fact that one machine can do everything as space is an issue in HK as well. Have a super week. BAM

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