Air Fryer Cauliflower Bites

D and I were asked if we wanted to do a cooking demonstration in the next few months. The kicker, it will need to be vegan.  We do no eat vegan, but that does not mean we can not cook vegan.   I have been testing new recipes out, and trying to come up with a unique, yet easy, meal that we could make. This recipe was made with regular milk ( it is what we had on hand) but it can be easily modified.

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This Christmas we received an air fryer. This appliance is really easy to use, and so far most of our recipes have turned out great.

Yesterday I was feeling a bit adventurish,  I waned to make a cauliflower recipe.  Cauliflower may be a staple in your home, but it is not typically found in ours.

I began by rinsing the cauliflower  and cutting it into florets.  I kept mine about bite sized, but you can go larger or smaller.

Next make a basic batter.  Mix flour with spices (salt, pepper, garlic, smoked paprika). Then add the liquid, I used a combination of milk and water.   I found that it was better when it was on the thicker side.

Next, prepare a large zip-lock bag( or bowl with lid) full of bread crumbs and more seasonings.

Then, you want to prep a drip station.  This is important when using a wet batter in an air fryer.  You want to avoid dripping while cooking.   To do this I placed a cooling rack into a baking tray.

Once all of your stations are prepped you can begin.  You want to cook these in batches,  there should be space between each florets so that it will cook more evenly.

First drop a handful of florets into the batter.  Make sure they are well coated.  Next using a slotted spoon, let the excess batter drip off and transfer to the bread crumbs.  Then give it a good shake, kids will love to do this part.  Once covered, use tongs to place on to the rack.  This will help any loose breadcrumbs to fall off.

Finally, you can place the breaded cauliflower in to  the air fryer basket.  I set mine at 350 for 15 minutes.  Make sure you shake it a least 2 times.   When they are finished, you can place them onto a plate or baking sheet, and begin your next batch.

I made 3 batches.  When I was done with the initial cooking, I put them all back into the air fryer to warm up.

 

The cauliflower comes out super crispy and crunchy.  I served it with cauliflower rice and a General Tso’s inspired sauce.   You can create your own, or buy a pre-made sauce.

Alternatively you can serve these like nuggets or with your favorite wing sauce. To make them more wing like, just make the florets a bit bigger.

I hope you enjoy!

-R

 

Ingredients

1 cauliflower – cut into florets.

For the batter
– 2 cups flour
-Spices to taste – Salt, pepper, garlic, smoked paprika
– 1/2 cup water
-1/2 cup milk or milk substitute

– 2 cups breadcrumbs
-more spices

 

  1. Rinse and cut cauliflower into bite size florets
  2.  Prepare the batter, mix dry ingredients.  Slowly add milk and water.  The batter should be on the thick side.
  3. Prepare a zip-lock bag of breadcrumbs and spices.
  4. Drop a handful of florets into  batter.  Make sure they are well coated.
  5. Place battered florets into bread crumbs. Shake until covered.
  6. Place on to cooling rack, to let excess topping fall off.
  7. Place into air fryer basket in a single layer, make sure they are not touching.  Cook for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.   Shake basket about 2 times during cooking.
  8. Once all cauliflower is cooked, you can reheat it by putting it back into the air fryer.
  9. Serve over rice, with favorite Asian sauce.  Or as wings, with your favorite wing sauce.

 

 

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Cauliflower Peanut Butter Cups

So we have all see the crazy amount of cauliflower creations out there.  There is cauliflower steaks, cauliflower pizza crusts, cauliflower rice…..but what about desserts? Is there room for cauliflower desserts?

This recipe was inspired by a meme about peanut butter cups, I am sure by now you have seen it. Well I came up with the following recipe and tried it out.

Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower – can be fresh or frozen (look out for additional sodium or seasonings)
  • peanut butter powder
  • melting chocolate

 

Directions:

  • Steam and puree the cauliflower until it is super thin
  • Allow it  to sit in a towel over night(use the strainer/bowl combo) to get the extra moisture out.
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Straining the puree
  • Mix in peanut butter powder until desired taste and texture is achieved.

 

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PB Powder mixed in
  • Next line a muffin tray with cupcake liners.
  • Melt chocolate, cover the bottom of the liners.  (I did not make mine pretty the first time, I was NOT expecting this to work)

 

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Cover in chocolate
  • Add 2tsp cauliflower. And cover with more melted chocolate.
  • Make sure you tap to release any air. And then place in the freezer.
  • Once set, remove from the tin, and keep them in a ziplock bag until gone.

 

 

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Hey, its not soo bad.

 

This recipe was first created as a joke, but it may work. Well it does work.  It has gotten the approval of Dave, and he is pretty honest.

Enjoy!

-R

 

01/05/2019

I am thrilled to see how well this post attracts new visitors to my site.  Leave  comment below, what recipe should we tackle next?