Cauli-Tots

18 Jul

First off the verdict on these tots was…meh.  However, in defense of the cauli-tot, I believe it was the cheese I used, as the mash that the essense of the tot was delicious before I totted it up.

Here is my recipe inspiration:

http://yourlighterside.com/caulitots-baked/

What I did differently:

  1. Used fresh cauliflower
  2. Baked for much longer to get it brown (about 25 minutes total)
  3. Used Parmesan ROMANO cheese (Biggest Mistake of My Life!…not really but it was disgusting to me at least.)
  4. Served with my homemade marinara since ketchup is so sugary.

To use fresh instead of frozen, I chopped up half a head of cauliflower and food processed it until about rice consistancy.  Cooked covered in the microwave for 6 minutes (no water).  Then I put it back in the food processor and processed to the point of looking like mashed potatoes.  At this point I could have eaten the cauliflower like mashed potatoes.  They tasted so similar.  I had a little sea salt, pepper, and fake butter stuff in it.  Like I said in addition to the recipe link, I baked for an additional 10 minutes to get browned to my liking.

I normally used parmesan only, but my husband claims he could only find grated parmesan romanao.  Never again.  I am getting a block of parmesan this weekend to grate myself and try this recipe again without the romano stuff.  More power to you romano lovers out there.  It is definitely an overwhelming flavor in these tots when you use it.

Stay tuned for take two!

4 Responses to “Cauli-Tots”

  1. Jeni July 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I strongly recommend caulislaw (in fact, I never make the cabbage version anymore). Dressing is olive oil mayo, apple cider vinger and honey, poured over a (food) processed cauliflower and a couple of carrots. Yum numminy.

    • chirpybleu July 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

      That sounds delcious!!! I will definitely give it a try! Thanks for sharing and following my blog!

  2. Ingrid July 19, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Interesting idea to replace potatoes by cauliflower. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • chirpybleu July 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      I am going to try cauli-mash at some point. It was so good before I put in that cheese! lol I think the mash when paired with something else would fill any craving for mashed potatoes. You are most welcome!

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