Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cauliflower Fritters

Marija from Palachinka is back to host this edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I have cauliflower.

cauliflower© by Haalo

I am rather fond of all brassicas but Cauliflower would probably be the favourite of the family. I suppose one of the reasons might be caulflowers great relationship with cheese.

The dish I've made takes advantage of this relationship and it's a dish my mother would make on special occasions. I'm not going to say Eurovision is a special occasion but it is fun to get together and pass judgement on the various acts - we may not enjoy the whole telecast but I can guarantee we'll be enjoying these fritters.

cauliflower fritters© by Haalo

Cauliflower Fritters

500 grams cauliflower, cut into florets
1 shallot, finely sliced

80 grams self-raising flour
20 grams grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
fresh parsley, finely chopped
salt and freshly ground white pepper
2 eggs
70 grams mozzarella, cut into tiny cubes

Sauté the finely sliced shallot over a low heat until softened and just starting to colour. Set aside to cool completely.

Boil/Steam the cauliflower florets until tender - drain and set aside to cool completely. When cold, roughly break the florets into smaller pieces with your fingers. Add in the sautéed shallots and parsley - stir to toss through.

In a large bowl, place the flour and Parmigiano-Reggiano and whisk in the two eggs until a smooth batter forms. Tip in the cauliflower along with the cubed mozzarella - season with salt and pepper and stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed through the batter.

Shallow-fry heaped-tablespoons of the batter - use a small ice-cream scoop if you want to get even sizes. It's important that you don't cook them over too high a heat as you want to cook out the raw flour taste and not burn the mozzarella. Once one-side is golden, flip it over and brown that side.

Place them on paper towels to remove any excess oil once cooked.

They are best served as you make them but they are also quite tasty cold.

cauliflower fritters© by Haalo


  1. I must have seemed like the strangest kid... I've always loved broccoli, brussels sprouts and, especially, cauliflower! These fritters look amazing... I'll be trying them when winter hits us again!

  2. Those look great! I love cauliflower, too, and I was just toying with the idea of making a dish with cauliflower and millet. I might try making these with a little bit of millet mixed in and see what happens.

  3. gonna try it! looks great!

  4. OOOOOHHHH,.....Haalo! These look stunning!! I want to make them tomorrow!! Yummie!!

  5. Oh heck, I'm on my way to the kitchen, I've got to make these!!!

  6. I bought some ready-cut broccoli and cauliflower yesterday and now I know what to do with them. These look delicious! I'm a sucker for fritters.

  7. The cauliflower fritters are excellent , i love them !

  8. I love fritters! This looks like such a great recipe.

  9. Haalo, have to say that it looks really great!
    Fritters are so tasty! It´s a shame we have to deep fry them...but let´s admit: fried stuff tastes very good,huh?
    Great pics!

  10. Thanks Emiglia - i loved them all as a child too, so we can be strange together

    Thanks Katie - the millet sounds really interesting.

    Thanks Sophie - make some for me too!

    Thanks Nina!

    Thanks Arlene - a delicious idea!

    Thanks Mary!

    Thanks Carrie!

    Thanks Verena - fried stuff is evil but oh so tasty!


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