We already established I like fried foods, right?
But believe me, for the amount of fried foods I have posted on this blog, I do not eat that many of them… maybe like once a week, maybe. I think it’s just that we’re around the holidays here and these are “more or less” permissible things around the holidays… eat fried foods now, diet and exercise in the new year… But I find that if you exercise and eat healthy all the time, as part of your daily routine, you can indulge every once in a while in a fried morsel of crispy goodness.
Here are my interpretation of Fried Cauliflower. I learned to eat this, believe it or not, at the salad bar at Ponderosa Steakhouse. The salad bars here in PR offer, in addition to the standard salad fare, corn sorullitos, macaroni and cheese, cooked corn, steamed carrots, and sometimes, fried cauliflower. They’re sooooo tasty. But the secret of their tastiness is in the batter. Let me show you how…
1 head of cauliflower, cut in medium sized florets
2 cups whole wheat or spelt flour 2 tbs cornstarch
3 tbs sofrito
1 tbs salt or garlic salt 1 tbs Herbamare herbed salt
a few grinds of cracked black pepper
water – about 2 cups
a few sprinkles of paprika – optional
Canola oil – for frying
- In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cornstarch and the water. Mix the water slowly, maybe in two batches. The idea is for the batter to be the same consistency as pancake batter.
- Add to the batter, the sofrito, salt, herbed salt and pepper. Add paprika, if using.
- Heat about 1/2 inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat.
- Dunk the pieces of cauliflower in the batter. Clean the piece of any running batter and place carefully in the hot oil.
- Fry the little morsels until golden brown on all sides. It should take a few minutes – this way the cauliflower will cook/soften a bit and the batter will be golden brown and crunchy.
Eat on their own or dunk in Mayo Ketchup.
Hope you like them!!!