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Cauliflower Bites

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Here is this week's recipe from the FLAVORS blog. Our ingredient is cauliflower.

I called these "Cauliflower Popsicles", because of the weird preparation. I was inspired by pastry chef Francois Payard's idea of freezing pureed vegetables, and then deep frying the frozen cubes.

1/2 half a head of cauliflower (or 1 Trader Joe's bag of flowerettes)
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 T. olive oil
a splash of cream
1/3 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. grated cheddar
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
salt and pepper


1 c. flour
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 c. bread crumbs
1/3 c. panko

canola oil for frying

First I lined a mini-muffin tin with plastic wrap.

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Cut cauliflower and shallot into thin slices. Cook shallot in olive oil for 3-4 minutes.
Add cauliflower, cream, broth, salt and pepper. Cook until tender (about 10 min). Puree mixture in a food processor. Stir in cheeses, and spoon into mini-muffin tins. I made mine 2 days before frying.

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15-20 minutes before serving, take "cauliflowersicles" out of the freezer. Remove plastic wrap from muffin tin, and unwrap the frozen cubes.

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Prepare bowls of flour, eggs and crumbs

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Heat canola oil in deep fryer (or saucepan) to 350.
Dip the cauliflowersicles into flour, then egg, them bread crumbs, and fry them 5 at a time for 5 minutes. The outsides are crisp and crunchy, and the insides are a warm, cheesy filling. Delicious!

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I have another pan in the freezer! YUM!

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Comments (1)

Barb Cabot:

Wow this is such a cool recipe! I think this would be fun to try and definitely one I'll do in the near future. Looks great Palma. Thank you.

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