I am on the constant quest to make veggies more interesting. Why? Because I have 6 kids…5 of them that still live with me albeit all 6 of them get brand new when it comes to eating their vegetables. Yep – even the 21 year old!
It’s not that they don’t like vegetables. They each have their favorite…brussels sprouts for one, broccoli for another. NONE of them, however, have professed their love for cauliflower. So…I made it my business to find a cauliflower recipe they’d love.
This is not my first time trying to get them to love cauliflower. Some time last year, I made mashed cauliflower…you know, the kind that’s supposed to pass for mashed potatoes? Yeah…well, that didn’t go over so well. I thought it was quite yummy, but it still doesn’t quite taste like mashed potatoes. And that, my friends, is what the kids detected. And as soon as they realized it was “something else”…some other vegetable that offended their very existence…well, let’s just say they made me not want to ever make it again.
This time, I was sure they’d love this version of cauliflower. I mean what’s not to love about a cheesy flavored fried food? It could be eggplant for all they care…okay, well maybe not eggplant. 🙂
My 13-year old said this recipe is absolutely AMAZING!! And I’m inclined to agree. These are better than french fries and it helps they’re a tad bit healthier. You can flavor them however you like by changing the spices. I think I’ll make a cajun batch my next go around. Have fun with it. I really don’t think you can go wrong. Enjoy!
- Vegetable oil (for frying)
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
- 2 cups panko crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp of your favorite salt-free spice blend (I used Spike)
- 1 cup flour
- 4 eggs, beaten
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
- In a large bowl, mix panko crumbs, grated parmsean and spice blend.
- In a medium bowl, add flour.
- In a small bowl, beat eggs.
- Working with one batch of cauliflower bits at a time, coat cauliflower in flour, then coat well in eggs, then coat well in panko mixture. (You may have to press the panko mixture in the cauliflower to coat.)
- Fry cauliflower in hot vegetable oil, flipping once or twice, until evenly browned, about 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
- Serve hot and enjoy!