Cauliflower Cheese Fritters: Meatless Mondays

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    When I saw a picture of these fritters and found out they were made with cauliflower and cheese I was immediately sold on this dish.  I didn’t like the idea of deep frying the fritters in oil, so I lightly sauteed them and then put them in the oven to finish cooking them.

     These were delicious.  The cauliflower, cheese, and spices melted together to form a crispy, golden brown fritter.  They were great to eat plain but would also be good dipped in a marinara sauce.  The cauliflower is tender yet still firm and the cheese gets melted perfectly.  We had these fritters as a side dish but I think they’d be great as an appetizer as well.

Cauliflower Cheese Fritters (adapted from Colie’s Kitchen)
3/4 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 egg
1/2 c. milk
2 c. chopped, raw cauliflower
1 c. cheddar cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. red pepper

1.  Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, egg, and milk together in a bowl.  Stir until a smooth batter forms.

2.  Stir in the cauliflower, cheese, garlic, and red pepper.  Mix well.  Put in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

3.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

4.  Heat 3 T. olive oil in a large skillet.  Working in batches, drop large spoonfuls of the cauliflower mixture into the oil.  Saute for 3 minutes on each side or until just browned.  Transfer to the baking sheet. 

5.  Cook for 5-10 minutes in the oven or until cooked through.  Immediately sprinkle with salt and serve hot.

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  1. lol I just pinned this on pinterest this morning, it looked very close to a fried caluiflower you could get at the Mall eating court years ago

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