Gluten-Free Cauliflower Tots

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Peter is patiently working with Audrey on the Merriam-Webster Spell-It — the list of words that might appear on the school spelling bee.  Audrey is one of the top two spellers in her grade and will represent her class at the podium next Tuesday. Angela is trying to help too, albeit less patiently, and humble-bragging about all the times she won the school bee. As I listen to their practice I realize that my place is firmly in the kitchen — I have never even heard of at least 50% of the words they are going through.

These aromatic cauliflower tots make perfect after school snack, especially for kids who are vegetarians like mine.  They are delicious and packed with nutrition.  One reader commented on my spaghetti squash tots that they made perfect snacks for Sunday’s Golden Globe show gathering.  I think these cauliflower tots are also perfect appetizer for such gatherings. 

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Yellow Cauliflower Tots Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups cooked yellow cauliflower florets, finely chopped *see note

1 large egg

2 large egg whites

1/2 cup onion, minced

3 tbsp minced fresh chives

1/4 cup reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup oat bran

1/4 cup coconut flour

(You can use 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs instead of oat bran and coconut four)

A dash of garlic & herb seasoning

A dash of ground cumin and turmeric

salt and pepper to taste

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Preparation:

*to cook the cauliflower florets, steam a little over 2 cups raw cauliflower florets in a little water covered for for 4 to 5 minutes or until tender but not mushy, then drain well and dry on paper towel, then using a knife finely chop and set 2 cups aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Line a baking dish with parchment paper

In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of mixture in your hands and roll into small ovals. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes, turning halfway through cooking until golden.

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 I adapted my recipe from http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/11/cauliflower-tots.html

For another cauliflower recipe, check out Roasted Cauliflower.

2 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Cauliflower Tots

  1. This is better news as I can’t get enough of cauliflowers.
    The s-squash tots stumbled me: I was not sure, before I put the half squash in the microwave, about where to pour the two tablespoons of water – inside squash or in the plate under it. If the idea was to steam it, then the water would go in the plate. My gutsy feeling sensed that.
    Then the mixture seemed watery, and I decided to add more oat bran and coconut flour (I never used it for cooking but bought it for trying out the cauliflower tots later this week. I loved the smell of it so much so that I followed my impulse by adding it in this recipe. I know I have the reputation of tweaking original recipes. BTW, I also added my favorite cave-aged Gruyere cheese into the mixture).
    The final result was a hit-and-miss. I convinced my son to try s-squash for the first time, and he liked the tots. But I personally thought I killed the flavor of squash with out-of-the-portioned oat and flower. Lessons learnt and I’m confident that I’ll do much better next time with the same recipe. It was fun.

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