Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Spicy Fried Cauliflower Bites

These spicy little bites will make you forget you are eating veggies! I had two kids walk in shortly after these were done, pop them in their mouths, and heard a satisfying "Mmmm.... these are good!"  That, my friends, is the sound of success!  I protested, "Wait, that's not kid food" (with a secret smile, of course)...

So if you are looking for a way to wake up your cauliflower, and try something different, this might just do the trick!

Ingredients:
  • 1 small container (5.3oz) plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 green onion tops
  • juice of half of a large lemon
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Sriracha
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • cauliflower
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • eggs and water
  • cornstarch 
  • canola oil



Step-by-step
For the sauce - combine yogurt, 3 slivered green onion tops, lemon juice, sugar, Sriracha chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and celery salt.  Set aside.

One 5.3 oz container of plain Greek yogurt.
3 green onion tops, slivered
Add the green onions to the Greek yogurt
Juice of 1/2 of a large lemon
2 tsp Sriracha chili sauce

1 tsp sugar
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 tsp celery salt (this "wakes it up")
Spicy and lively!!
Cut cauliflower into small florets.  Whisk eggs with a little water. 
2 eggs and a little water whisked together
In a zip top bag or produce bag, mix Panko bread crumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste then add corn starch.  
Bread crumb mixture - Panko bread crumbs, kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, corn starch
Heat oil with thermometer to 350F in a heavy pot or fryer.  Add some florets to the egg wash, then add some to the bread crumb mixture.  Add some air to the bag and shake until florets are coated with the bread crumbs.  
Give them a dunk in the egg bath
Next into the spicy sauce

Then into the bread crumbs.  Add air, seal the bag, and shake shake shake to coat!!
Add the coated florets to the hot oil.  

Fry at 350 F for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove with a spider or slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.  Season with additional salt (depending on how much salt you added to bread crumbs).
Fry until golden brown.
  Top with a little extra sauce and the other green onion and serve hot and crispy!

Serve with extra sauce and green onion while hot and crispy!
Did I mention that these are spicy?!


Written Directions:
For the sauce - combine yogurt, 3 slivered green onion tops, lemon juice, sugar, Sriracha chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and celery salt.  Set aside.
Cut cauliflower into small florets.  Whisk eggs with a little water.  In a zip top bag or produce bag, mix Panko bread crumbs with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste then add corn starch.  Heat oil with thermometer to 350F in a heavy pot or fryer.  Add some florets to the egg wash, then into the spicy yogurt sauce, then add some to the bread crumb mixture.  Add some air to the bag and shake until florets are coated with the bread crumbs.  
Add the coated florets to the hot oil.  Fry at 350 F for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove with a spider or slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.  Season with additional salt (depending on how much salt you added to bread crumbs).  Top with a little extra sauce and the other green onion and serve hot and crispy!

Note**
I had a hard time deciding on a "seasoning theme" for these.  They lend themselves to so many different things, like a blank palate.  I chose the spicy chili sauce of Sriracha with the rice wine vinegar and lemon, but feel free to choose your own flavor profile.

Mexican - add cumin to the bread crumbs and sauce... dip in spicy ranch with lime?

Italian - add Italian seasoning, basil and oregano to the bread crumbs; dip in spicy marinara?

Indian - add curry to the dip?

 ... then add your favorite cold beverage!

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6 comments:

  1. I have had cauliflower like this before and you are right it is addictive. You have some lovely ingredients in your recipe, I will be sure to give this one a try, thanks for sharing.

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  2. SOUNDS DOABLE! AND CERTAINLY A STEP ABOVE STEAMED AND CHEESED... THANKYOU!!!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Hope you give them a try. We enjoyed them. Julie

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  3. I'm going to try them...baked!

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  4. These look delicious! I don't do a lot of frying, but I beat this would be just as good baked. Thanks for bringing them to the Little Family Adventure FB party

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