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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Hassled Zucchini

We had several large zucchini taking up room in our refrigerator and I wanted to try something new with them.  We typically cover them in oil and various spices, and then grill for about 10 minutes (or until tender). I briefly saw an incredibly unhealthy version on my Facebook feed and decided that I could do it better.  In addition to a zucchini, I am trying this method with a yellow squash. So here it goes, once it is finished, I will post pictures.

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Slice and coat with oil and garlic.
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Cook for 10 minutes, then add cheese.
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Let cool and enjoy!

Hassled Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • Medium zucchini – one per person
  • Olive oil – 3 tbsp (more or less can be used for preference
  • Garlic – 1/2 tsp powder 1tsp minced
  • Parmesan cheese – finely grated
  • Salt and pepper

 

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Wash zucchini.
  • Slice zucchini accordion style – aka not all the way through.
  • Mix olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Using a brush, brush mixture on outside of zucchini. Carefully coat between the slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Remove from oven, and cover in parmesan cheese. Use a fork or knife to get cheese in between the slices.
  • Return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Keeping the zucchini in the oven, turn the broiler on for 5 minutes or until the cheese begins to brown.
  • Remove, let cool and  enjoy!