My love/hate relationship with cauliflower is definitely erring more on the side of love than hate these days.
I’m finding more and more ways to enjoy cauliflower day by day, and today I’m happy to share a new experiment with cauliflower that I reckon turned out pretty darn well.
This side dish was created from a little vegetable crisper clean up which yielded a great head of cauliflower hidden in the back of the fridge drawer – it was just waiting to be turned into something spectacular. A further hunt in the pantry and I pulled out the bag of left over popcorn flour from the Popocorn Florentines… hmmm… something started to formulate rather rapidly. A hunt through the spice draw confirmed my direction – Spiced Popcorn Cauliflower Florets!
While I am learning to love cauliflower, its still not something I can eat served simply. However, layered with flavours and roasted, and I’m all over it.
There’s not much left to say really except that it had a great depth of flavour, was baked and not fried, and would be perfect served with meat straight off the BBQ.
Spiced Popcorn Cauliflower Florets
1/2 head cauliflower, in small florets
2 cups popcorn flour (see Popcorn Florentines for directions)
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
Olive oil spay
Preheat oven to 180° Celsius.
In a shallow bowl mix popcorn flour, chilli, turmeric, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper to taste, and mix until well combined.
In a separate shallow bowl mix egg and milk.
Dip each floret into the egg mixture and then the popcorn/spice mixture ensuring each floret is well coated with each. Place cauliflower on a lined baking tray and spray liberally with olive oil. Place in oven and bake until tender and golden (about 25 minutes).
Remove from oven and serve.
john | heneedsfood says
I’d happily chomp into a big plate full of these babies. A squeeze of lime and a cold beer to wash it down with.
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Sara | Belly Rumbles says
Cauliflower is eaten often in our house as it is Mac’s fave vege. I have only recently started to bake it, and love the character it takes on. Loving your ‘hipster’ cauli, very cool and delicious. Also very very clever.
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Wow, these sound heavenly and perfect for a celebration.
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Amazing! Love your recipe with those spices and oven baked- can’t ask for anything more! Perfecto:)
i used to hate cauliflower as a kid, since trying outcauliflower fried rice and spiced cauliflower at food society im in love! defs trying these out! thanks!
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Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says
This is really, really unique and cool Amanda! I am with John, a plate of these on a sunny Saturday arvo with a beer would be awesome.
Sarah | The Sugar Hit says
These sound awesome, what is about the Brassica family? They’re so good for you, and they also taste AMAZING when battered, crumbed or fried. I love them.
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Tina @ bitemeshowme says
absolutely love this idea amanda – they look just incredible! cauliflower isn’t used nearly enough!
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Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul says
Omg! This pure genius Amanda! I love what you have done here. Put a trademark on it (like the cronut!).
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I love cauliflower! And am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This is really nice – thanks so much.
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Cass @foodmyfriend says
Wow. These look amazing. Might get me through my chip cravings!
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I’m the opposite to you 🙂 I love cauliflower and will eat them day and night hehe so interesting you made them using popcorn flour!
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Martine @ Chompchomp says
Popcorn anything is enough to get my interest. Will give this one a try. Looks delicious