Something fun for your next party – give 'em a try!
Cauliflower is my new magic vegetable. I love the subtle flavor, but more importantly I love how versatile it is. It can be steamed, fried, baked, grilled, and stir-fried.
But it can also be shredded and made into little tots. These are like some sort of crazy mashup between tater tots and veggie chips… mixed with buffalo sauce and cheese.
They only have a few ingredients, but I guarantee they won’t last long and people will want the recipe!
These start with just plain, raw cauliflower. No need to cook it before making the tots.
Cut up the cauliflower into big chunks and pulse it well in a food processor until it’s completely shredded. Then stir that together with cheese and an egg for some binder.
Add a dash of hot sauce to the mix and enough flour to hold the mixture together. This will probably be around 1/2 cup, but it’s possible you might need to add a little more.
If you wanted to make these gluten free you could use cornmeal or a gluten free flour like rice flour.
Stir these together well and preheat your oven to 400ºF. Lightly oil a baking sheet and measure out the tots using heaping spoonfuls.
You should get 20-25 tots per batch. Don’t worry too much about shape at this point as they'll cook into rounds no matter what. Just make sure they have some room between each tot!
These need to get really crispy to be good. Bake them for 15 minutes on the first side and then flip them and bake for another 15-20 minutes until they're golden brown and crispy.
Serve these while warm with some extra hot sauce if that’s your thing. Who knew cauliflower could be this good?!
Nick wants you to make these so he doesn’t have to share! Check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.