Cheesy Cauliflower Tots
I love potatoes and am constantly struggling to not have them or any other kind of grain-based carb in every meal. Anyone else? Well, I found a pretty great solution — the cauliflower tot. It’s made using cauliflower rice or grated cauliflower, which you may have heard of because it’s become pretty popular recently. The best part about it though is that it’s a vegetable, a vegetable that’s not a potato but can be made to taste like one.
I will admit that my recipe is a little heavy on the cheese, but you can change that if you’d like. I just think it helps hold everything together better (and I really love cheese).
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 cups grated cauliflower or cauliflower rice
2 cups shredded cheddar or monetary jack cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 bundle green onion, chopped
1 slice 100% whole wheat bread
salt and pepper to taste
You can either buy fresh heads of cauliflower or you can buy bags of cauliflower rice, whichever is easiest for you. I’ve made these tots both ways and I will say that it’s a million times easier to just buy the bags. If you’re into grating heads of cauliflower, then go for it, but you’ll save yourself time and a mess with the bags.
Measure four cups of the cauliflower into a large mixing bowl and add all your dry ingredients. For the slice of wheat bread, throw it in a blender or a food processor and then add it to the mix. Make sure everything is thoroughly combined — you might want to get in there with your hands — that’s what I do.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get a large pan out and line it with tinfoil and cooking spray. Be generous with the cooking spray otherwise the tots will stick to the tinfoil otherwise (trust me on this one). Line the pan, forming tot-shaped bundles with the mix. The mixture will be pretty loose, so be gentle with your tots. Put them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, switch the oven to broil and let the tots crisp up for a minute or two.
You’re done! Let me know what you think about the amount of cheese or if you try the recipe with less cheese. I’d love to know if they’re still just as mouthwatering — my guess is yes!