Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cauliflower Patties

Cheese and cauliflower, such a classic combination. These delicious little pancakes can be eaten as a vegetarian main dish, as an accompaniment to other things - although I would keep it light; a simple fish or chicken dish, or perhaps made small and served as hors d'oeuvres.  I would even put one in a bun, and eat it like a burger. There's a thought. Maybe with a little extra cheese in that case, as well as some lettuce, tomato, pickle and wee bit of ketchup. Hm.

12 patties (4 to 6 servings)
45 minutes prep time

8 cups cauliflower florets

1/2 cup soft unbleached flour
1/4 cup finely grated old Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon rubbed oregano
1 teaspoon rubbed basil
3 large eggs

oil to fry

Put a large pot of water on to boil. Wash and trim the cauliflower, and break it into fairly small florets. Cook the cauliflower for 6 to 7 minutes, until fairly soft. drain well.

Meanwhile, mix the flour and the grated cheese with the salt and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs. When the cauliflower is ready, mix it into the cheese and eggs, stirring well and breaking up the cauliflower a bit more. It shouldn't quite be mashed, but it should be in fairly small pieces.

Heat a couple tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat - the temperature at which you would cook pancakes or eggs. Spoon the cauliflower mixture into the pan, spreading it out to form little pancakes about 3" across. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes on each side, until well browned.

Remove the finished patties to a warm plate, and continue making and cooking patties until the batter is gone. It will likely be necessary to add a bit more oil to the pan as they get made, although there should not be more than a moderate film of oil over the bottom of the skillet, or they will not brown well.

Last year at this time I made Bean Soup and Fruit Streusel Cake.


Frugal Family Times Team said...

These look amazing! I am definitely going to make them this summer. We are big cauliflower fans at our place.

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Ferdzy said...

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Short Stack Foodie said...

This looks GORGEOUS - I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for cauliflower at the market tomorrow!!!!! Cheese and cauliflower ... heaven.