HEALTHY BAKED & BREADED CAULIFLOWER BITES! I love these bites so much - they are crispy on the outside, still tender in the middle and addicting! They have so much flavor from the seasonings and the breadcrumbs; that they will be a perfect snack, appetizer, or even dinner with something on the side.
I always find that cauliflower is a little boring on it's own; so why not bread it a bit with tons of flavors, and bake them- you can't not like them and plus they are still super healthy! I used spices like; turmeric and curry for some extra anti-inflammatory benefits and also used nutritional yeast to make them a bit "cheesy" tasting. They are definitely on the savory side!
I made my own breadcrumbs for these using my favorite crackers (see below), but you can use panko crumbs or whatever you prefer and add in any spices you love! Once you have cut the cauliflower into florets, dipped them in the egg mixture and then the dry batter all you have to do is bake them until they are golden brown and crispy. I like to dip these in a dairy free cream cheese, my lemon curry tahini sauce, or maybe some ranch.
It is pretty simple to make and a nice change up during the weeks for a snack or part of dinner!
Yields: about 30 bites
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 30-35 minutes
Total time: less than 45 minutes
What you need:
1 head of cauliflower
about 2 cups of breadcrumbs*
Seasonings of choice: I used:
Few pinches of sea salt
3 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. curry
*For the breadcrumbs I used Simple Mills "Everything Sprouted Seed Crackers" and added them into my food processor until flour like consistency. Use any breadcrumbs or panko crumbs.
What you need to do:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl whisk your 3 eggs.
3. In a separate bowl; add your seasonings of choice and your breadcrumbs.
4. Cut your cauliflower into bite sized pieces.
5. One at a time, dip the pieces into the egg batter and then the breadcrumb mix. Add to the baking sheet. Repeat until complete.
6. Bake at 425 degrees for about 30 or so minutes. After 20 minutes I FLIPPED the bites and baked for about 10 minutes.
1. I found that it was easier after dipped the cauliflower bite into the egg mix to just coat the bite with the breadcrumb mix by hand instead of fully dipping it into the batter. (At first, the batter was clumping together from leftover egg batter.)
2. You may need more breadcrumb mix but start off with about 1.5 cups
3. To re-heat if you have left overs, place back in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until warm or place under the broiler for a few minutes- watch or they will burn.
4. For sauces; if you search on my blog "sauces" I have many different ones that will pair with these!