Cauliflower Fritters

This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. It's similar to the taste of a potato pancake and makes a fabulous side dish – your kids will love them!

This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. It’s similar to the taste of a potato pancake and makes a fabulous side dish – your kids will love them!

My Sicilian friend Julia is a wonderful cook. I remember the first meal I ate in her NYC apartment; lamb chops and fried cauliflower which she calls broccoli a pasteta. She joked that day you can fry a sponge and it would taste good – she’s probably right. These are a lightened version of her recipe, made with Pecorino Romano, parsley, egg, garlic, white whole wheat flour and just enough oil to saute them in a pan.

Cauliflower Fritters

This is a delicious way to prepare cauliflower. It's similar to the taste of a potato pancake and makes a fabulous side dish – your kids will love them!

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups roughly chopped raw cauliflower (from 2 small heads)
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 extra large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Directions:

  1. Steam the cauliflower in 2 1/2 cups water over medium heat until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and quickly rinse under cold water to stop it from cooking.
  2. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces with a knife once steamed and measure to make 5 cups. Set aside the rest for another use.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the steamed cauliflower, flour, garlic, eggs, grated cheese, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt and pepper. Add water so that batter becomes slightly more dense than pancake batter.
  4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 teaspoon of oil coating bottom of the pan.
  5. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form fritters. You can fit 4 fritters at a time, flattening them slightly with the back of the measuring cup.
  6. Cook until golden brown, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and batter 3 more times.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: 2 fritters

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 4
  • Points +: 3
  • Calories: 139
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 61mg
  • Sodium: 269mg
  • Carbohydrates: 14g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
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Adapted from Julia’s Healthy Italian