Here’s a brilliant way to get vegetables into the family without them knowing. Make some cauliflour patties. We’ve all heard of zucchini patties or vegetable patties, but some have intense flavours or green bits! Eeeek. Some family members freak out when they see green bits, don’t they?
These will have them guessing, provided you don’t over boil the cauliflower. I choose to use the microwave because it’s easy, but you can steam or boil if you wish. Oh, and we’re only part cooking it at this stage, we’ll be cooking it further when we’ve formed up the patties. The microwave won’t introduce any extra water either. Make them as burgers or as a side as I have, with some yummy pork.
The recipe I’ve written calls for 200g of cheese. The cheese is used to help bind your patties together and give them a lovely flavour. You can change the cheese to whatever type you like, but I tend to add a portion of this as mozzarella because it’s perfect for binding and stringy fun for the kids and husbands.
What sort of cheese could you use with cauliflower?
I usually have a bag of Pizza Cheese Blend in the fridge. I keep a bag on hand most of the time. I know it says “Pizza” on the packet, but it has so many uses. The flavour of mozzarella is light, so having a blend is better (with more flavour). Of course, you can make your own, and I do that too. I hardly ever buy mozzarella.
You can even add a little parmesan to give it a little more of a cheesy hit. Any recipe like this is great for using up odd bits of cheese that are laying around in the fridge. Blue cheese and cauliflower are a match made in heaven if your family enjoys some bolder flavours. Maybe it will freak out the kids though. ???
I’ve only added the conventional method for these patties, but you could easily convert sections of the recipe for the Thermomix.
Ingredients used in Cheesy Cauliflower Patties.
- Cauliflower – You’ll need this of course. As I’ve stated above I like to microwave but if you don’t then when you steam or boil make sure you pull it out before its totally cooked. You just want to blanch it really. The other thing you need to do is drain it well, no extra moisture or they could fall apart.
- Other veg – the onion is there for flavour and the zucchini is optional although replace it by rough weight with more cauilflower. Zucchini has a lot of water so sqeeze out some of the liquid after grating, oh and if your kids are scared of green, you can always peel them first.
- Ingredients used for binding, self-raising flour, eggs, breadcrums and cheese. Missing out on any of these will cause your patties to be, well, splatties?
- Flavour – Rosemary, salt flakes, black pepper. The rosemary can be replaced with any herb you wish. remember if you’re changing fresh to dried you’ll need to halve it. For example 1 tsp fresh rosemary = 1/2 tsp dried.
- olive oil – to caramalise and help prevent sticking in your pan. Check out my free download on oil smoke points.
Cheesy Cauliflower Patties
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- 1 small whole cauliflower or 1/2 a large
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1 zucchini grated and any excess liquid squeezed out.
- 1 garlic cloves chopped fine
- 1/2 onion chopped or cut fine depending on how much you have to hide it ;- )
- 80 g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp rosemary stems removed, finely chopped or 1/2 tsp dried
- 2 eggs
- 60 g breadcrumbs dried or 100 g fresh
- 100 g shredded mozzarella
- 100 g Cheddar cheese grated
- 1 tsp salt pink Murray valley salt flakes
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- olive oil for cooking
- Wash and trim the cauliflower then place into a microwave-safe bowl. Set for 8 minutes on high. (if you don’t have a microwave you need to steam it then let it drain really well you don’t want any excess moisture.)
- Heat a frypan on medium heat and once hot, add a little oil along with the onion and garlic. Saute till softened then remove from the pan and wipe the pan out with a cloth to clean.
- Once the cauliflower has finished in the microwave, remove and allow to cool a little then chop finely. Add all the ingredients to the cooled chopped cauliflower including the sauteed onion/ garlic and mix to combine.
- Divide the mixture into patties and form with your hands.
To cook in a frypan
- Place a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat and wait for it to reach temperature.
- Add a splash of oil and cook the patties on each side until golden. This should take 4 – 5 minutes on each side
To cook in the oven
- Preheat the oven to 200°c
- Place the formed patties on a lined baking sheet and bake until golden
- Spray with good quality oil and bake for 20-25 minutes turning once to have both sides golden.