Not too many years ago I was not a huge fan of many vegetables other than corn and potatoes. Cauliflower had always been one of the vegetables that I though was ok, so as I began transitioning to a plant based diet (a difficult start when you don’t normally eat many of them), this was one of the first things that I worked on acquiring a taste for.
Since cauliflower has a fairly subtle flavor, and is pretty versatile this was a good plan. I began using it in stir frys, sauces, inside of pastries, and perogies, but one of my favorite ways of cooking it was in these baked cauliflower bites. I have always enjoyed breaded, saucy, appetizer type foods, so these are perfect.
I am certain that you will enjoy them as much as I do as they are versatile and healthy. You can dip them like nuggets, or toss them in a sauce, or coat them in Frank’s Red Hot, Mmmmmmmm!!
You will need:
- 3 cups of Cauliflower Florets (approx. half a head)
- ½ cup of Bread Crumbs
- ¼ Corn Flake Crumbs
- 1 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- 1 Flax egg
- ¼ tsp Paprika
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Flour
Begin by cutting the cauliflower florets into bite sized pieces. You can use whatever size you prefer, but it is best to be as uniform as possible so that they cauliflower bites will bake evenly.
In a small mixing bowl stir together the flax egg, water flour and paprika. While in a second bowl mix, the bread and corn flake crumbs, salt, and pepper.
You are drop a floret into the batter bowl, and then transfer to the breadcrumb bowl, coat well and then place on a well oiled baking sheet to be cooked.
I find it easiest to drop the floret in the batter and then use chopsticks to remove and place into the breadcrumbs. Then I use a spoon to cover the floret in bread crumbs, once it is well coated you should be able to remove it with your fingers without a great deal of mess.
Once all of the cauliflower bites are coated and on the tray place set the oven to 350 and bake for about 20 minutes.
Serve these baked cauliflower bites with some fries and your favorite dipping sauce. Franks red hot goes really well with these in my opinion. What do you like to put on them the most?