Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cheesy Cauliflower Bites

Every once in a while a chef/cook posts a recipe that gets a lot of recognition. I was fortunate to have a post a while back for Cheesy Garlic Cauliflower Bread Sticks.With over 210,000 views and counting, on that ONE recipe...I would say that recipe was a success. Several of my other Cauliflower recipes have been really popular as well, so I thought I would bring you another tasty side dish where the star of the show is Cauliflower. Another great Atkins recipe, or low carb diet recipe, which happens to also be Gluten-Free. Enjoy!

Gluten-free Cheesy Cauliflower Fritters
adapted from I Breathe I'm Hungry
1 medium head of cauliflower
2 TBSP heavy cream
2  TBSP butter
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar, divided
4 egg whites
salt  and pepper to taste
oil for frying




Clean and trim the Cauliflower.
Add them to a steamer or a double broiler with holes. Cook covered, on high for 5 minutes.
Add the cauliflower, cream, butter and 1/4 of the cheese to a food processor or blender and blend until still chunky - kind of like a cooked oatmeal consistency. 
Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least half an hour. Whip the egg whites to a stiff peak. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture to lighten it up. Then fold the cauliflower mixture into the rest of the egg whites and gently mix until combined. 
Scoop out onto a well oiled griddle or skillet over medium high heat. I used a cookie scooper.
Flip over and cook the other side until lightly browned. 
When finished, Top with the remainder of cheese, and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. 
Serve immediately!
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