Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Cauliflower and Cheese Fritters



Instagram is a dangerous space when you're hungry. It's full of lots of yummy inspiration!

The loverly Cat posted a photo of cauliflower fritters the other week and I HAD to make some. I'm completely obsessed with cauliflower at the moment - roasted cauliflower soup with crispy sage and hazelnuts as well as this yummy roasted cauliflower, baby carrot and goats cheese dish, and Cat's Cauliflower Dhal.. As the craving hit, there was no time to request and wait for recipes, so after googling a few recipes (this one in particular was my basis) this is what I came up with.  I really wanted to emulate the classic cauliflower and cheese dish of my childhood, and I achieved that with the ooziness of these yummy fritters.  I also couldn't decide if I wanted roasted  cauliflower or steamed, so I did both! The roasted is more nutty and the steamed more soft and traditional. You can choose whichever you prefer - both were delicious.

I declare this my new favourite home cooked lunch!!!!

Cat and I decided to both post our cauliflower fritter recipes today and link up for Fritters with Friends! Well, Cat is calling it "fritters two ways", but as I've already mentioned, I like CHEESE!!!! ;-)

Here is my version:

Cauliflower and Cheese Fritters with Labne and Mint.

Ingredients:
  • 1 small cauliflower or 1/2 a large head of cauliflower - roughly half a kilo
  • 2 eggs
  • 80 mls of milk
  • 2/3 cup of plain flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • a couple of shakes of ground cumin
  • ground pepper
Directions:
  • Cut cauliflower in to small florets and roast them drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper at 180 degrees Celsius for 17-22 mins or until lightly browned and tender  (depending on the size you've cut them) - turn them around half way through so all sides get browned.  OR steam them for a few minutes in a double boiler until just tender.  OR do a combination of both!  Allow to cool.

  • Whisk together eggs and cheeses and milk and lightly whisk in flour, baking powder, cumin and ground pepper to taste.




  • Stir through the cooled cauliflower.  It's a very thick batter, not runny like pancakes.

  • Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add a small amount of olive oil.

  • Once the oil is hot, dollop large spoonfuls and cook for a few minutes on each side until crispy and golden brown on the outside and the filling has puffed up.


  • Drain on paper towel

  • Sprinkle with sea salt and serve them hot with labne and fresh mint.*
  • My kinder boy enjoyed these cold in his lunch box.
  • These freeze really well too - just reheat from frozen by wrapping them in baking paper and putting them in a 180 degree oven for 20 minutes turning half way through.  Uncover them for the last 5 minutes.




Oozy, stretchy cheese goodness!!!




*Note - to make labne, just put some paper towel in a small sieve over a bowl and fill with natural yoghurt that has had some sea salt stirred through it. Cover with more paper towel. Allow to sit in the fridge overnight, or if you're impatient like me, just do it for 20 minutes on the bench while the fritters are cooking. ;-)




You can find Cat's recipe here - I'm hanging to see her version that inspired my new favourite lunch!

Enjoy!

Love Amy xoxo

15 comments:

  1. I adore you! How similar are our recipes? :) xxxx

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    1. They are similar! I love your cooking!xoxo

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  2. Oh, and I can't wait to try making labne. x

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    1. You'll love it! And so easy!x

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    1. Wish I could cook for you Reem! I love an appreciative dinner guest!xo

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  4. You can never have too many fritters. I love them. I should make more.

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    1. They are always a winner with the kids too! My kinder boy still won't eat sandwiches so my freezer is full of fritters and savoury pancakes for his lunch box (his teachers must think I'm a bit nutty!!!)xoxo

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  5. YUM! I have a cauliflower that I was wondering what I was going to do with it. Fritters it is tomorrow!

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    1. Oh yay! Hope you liked them!xo

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  6. These looks amazing! I think I'm going to give them a try. Yum : )

    Jen xo

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    1. I'll include a couple in your next mama care package lovely!xoxoxo

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  7. These look divine! Going to try them tomorrow night!

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    1. I hope you liked them Anna!xo

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  8. I am so making these when I get home

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