Cauliflower Patties

3 07 2011

These patties are delicious, and a great make ahead appetizer! They are from my BF Alex’s Mom, Dolores. Who ironically is also 100% Italian like my Mom – so I feel quite at home copying her recipes 🙂

Cauliflower Patties

These make about 35 small patties. I suggest using a mixer to save time.

  • 1 head cauliflower or broccoli – cut up in small pieces and boil in a large pot of boiling water until soft. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle with your hands. Once it’s cool enough, mash it up a bit to break up the large pieces, either with a potato masher or wooden spoon.

While the cauliflower is cooling, add the following ingredients to the mixer and beat until you get a thick paste:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • Two good pinches of Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil cut into thin strips
  • Add milk and flour – there’s no real measurement here, the trick is to add a little milk 1/4 – 1/2 cup first and then keep adding flour in tablespoons until the batter becomes s a thick paste-like consistency

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with a few tablespoons of vegetable oil. Mix your cauliflower and batter together. When the pan is hot enough, start adding the batter to the pan, about a heaping tablespoons worth at a time. Fry in batches making sure not to crowd the pan (you may need to add a little more oil half way through). Fry on both sides until golden brown. Remove and let dry on a paper towel. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh basil and serve with sour cream or applesauce for dipping.  These are best served at room temperature.

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