CAULIFLOWER TOTS

Cauliflower Tots on Cookie Sheet

Cauliflower Tots on Cookie Sheet

I don't know about any of you, but I love tater tots.  In all reality, anything potatoe-y is delicious to me.  Not that I still don't eat potatoes, but I do try to limit my intake of them, as I don't feel they are always the best food for my body.  But, you know what my body does enjoy?  Cauliflower! Thank goodness, because cauliflower has a very similar texture, flavor, and consistency to that of potatoes.  Plus, they are a natural detoxifier and anti-oxidant loaded with omega-3's, fiber, and vitamins B1/B2/B3/B5/B6/B9/C/K.  Sweet!

In the past, I've made: mashed cauliflower (to me, they are better than mashed potatoes), roasted cauliflower, cauliflower buffalo "wings," and a few other concoctions.  My friend Emma and I were talking about making cauliflower pizza crust.  Anyone have a recipe we could try?

These cauliflower tots were soooo flippin' good.  I'm really glad I now have a new substitute for when I'm craving something starchy.  Moist and filling on the inside with a crunchy texture on the outside. Plus, all around great flavor.  Can you tell I'm obsessed?  I'm reminding myself of Napoleon Dynamite.

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Alright, I digress, check out these super delicious tots!

Cauliflower Tots Ingredients

Cauliflower Tots Ingredients

Cauliflower Tots, adapted from this recipe, makes about 30 tots

3 c. cauliflower (mine was 1/2 a head) 2 eggs 1/3 c. white onion, diced 1 tbsp. garlic, minced 1/3 c. Panko bread crumbs 1/3 c. bread crumbs* 1/4 c. parsley, chopped Salt + pepper to taste

*I would have only used Panko (to make them gluten-free), but I ran out.  Ha!

In a pot, bring a 1/4" of water to a boil and add cauliflower.  With lid on, let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and drain in a colander to remove as much liquid as possible. Roughly chop (or mash) cauliflower in small pieces, and then add to a bowl with the remainder of the ingredients. Once mixed, form 1 tbsp. of mixture into an oval shape.  Bake at 400° for 20-25 minutes.

Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower Tots

Enjoy these with your favorite sauce (ketchup, mustard, etc.), or all by themselves.  Delicious, and a great alternative to tater tots.  :)

xo.  Jen