I’m not sure whether to file these cheddar
broccoli cauliflower bites under, breakfast, side dish, or healthy snack. The truth of the matter is everyone in the house attacked cauliflower for what may be the first time in their lives. In the future, I think I will tweak this recipe (and update with my favorite) a tiny bit by experimenting with adding a splash of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to the recipe. Perhaps I’ll use seasoned salt instead of plain. I encourage you to try the same.
If you want to create a nut-free version of this recipe, simply swap out the almonds for bread crumbs. It’s that easy.
As written, this recipe is gluten free -provided you follow Bran’s advice to avoid gluten cross-contamination.
: Cheddar Cauliflower Bites
: Baked cheese and cauliflower patties with ground almonds instead of the usual bread crumbs.
- 1 medium size head of cauliflower, chopped and steamed until tender
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 bunch (about 4) of green onions, chopped
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 6 – 8oz Cheddar cheese, grated
- salt – I used 1/2 teaspoon you may decide more is needed
- a few turns of ground pepper
Take your steamed cauliflower and use either a pastry blender or a chef knife to chop the cauliflower into more uniform pieces. You don’t want big chunks or the patties will fall apart. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
Use a food processor to pulse the almonds until you have a somewhat coarse meal. I like the texture of the almonds in the patties, you may prefer the tenderness of traditional breadcrumbs. If the latter is the case, you’ll want to pulse the almonds carefully until they are finely ground, BUT be careful not to go too far or you’ll make almond butter.
Throw everything into a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Now use your CLEAN hands to shape the mix into small patties. Don’t worry they aren’t going to spread like cookies, they can sit pretty close to each other on the baking sheet. Just leave enough room to turn them with a spatula.
Bake at 375°F for 12 – 15 minutes, turn and bake for an additional 10 – 12 minutes depending on how browned you prefer your cheese.
Preparation time: 5 – 10 minutes (unless you like to take pictures, then much longer)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6
Here are a few more pictures of the process:
Inspired by StaceySnacksOnline’s Broccoli Bites.