Wednesday, January 30, 2013
FOOD: Cheesy Baked Cauliflower Bites
The Superbowl is almost here and that means 2 things: awesome commercials and snacks. For those of you who are really in it for the football, good for you, but if you're looking for me, I'll be the one in the corner hogging the bowl of taco dip.
I have married into a family of diehard Steelers fans and when I say diehard, I mean that when they lose, my husband goes to bed in an extremely grumpy mood as if the whole team somehow personally offended him. Maybe if he was into sports for the snacks, he'd be happy all the time like me.
If you follow us on Facebook, you might remember how I attempted to make cheesy cauliflower sticks using "riced cauliflower" which is basically a fancy term for cauliflower put through a ricer, or really finely grated or mashed cauliflower (which is what I did with this recipe.) They turned out pretty well, but I knew I could make something even better using the riced cauliflower.
If a head of cauliflower married a mozzarella cheese bite, this would be their love child. These cheesy baked cauliflower bites are crispy, creamy, and you'd never guess that you're eating cauliflower.
INGREDIENTS: 1 small head of cauliflower, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 4 oz cream cheese (at room temp), 2 eggs, 2/3 cup bread crumbs, 2 tsp. italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 cup parmesan.
TWO: mix together your riced cauliflower, cheese, sour cream and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Chill in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden your mixture (this will make it easier to form into balls.)
THREE: in a medium bowl, mix together your breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parmesan. In another bowl, beat the two eggs.
FOUR: roll your cauliflower mixture into balls roughly 2-3 inches in diameter. Dip them into the egg mixture to coat, then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 35 minutes.
Yields approximately 20 cauliflower bites.
They're best warm, so dig in - these little crispy bites are addictive! If you'd like a dipping sauce to go along with your cauliflower bites, a cup of warm marinara works great.
Now you have a healthier option for game day snacks, or even as a side dish at dinner. Hope you and your guys enjoy :)