CAULIFLOWER MINI FRITTERS
This cauliflower mini fritters are a perfect way to introduce some veggies on your plate. You can prep these in advance and once you are ready just pop them into the pan and enjoy them hot with chilled curry sauce.
Servings: 22 mini fritters
- 1 head of cauliflower washed and cut in florets
- 2-3 medium potatoes washed, peeler and cut in small cubes
- 1 small onion peeled and chopped
- 1 & 1/2 cups ham cut in small cubes
- 1 cup mozzarela cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs +1 more cup for covering
- 1/2 cup all-purposed flour
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
- 2 cups arugula leaves for garnish
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 cup mayonaise
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- salt & pepper to season
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook cauliflower and potatoes for 10-20 minutes or until tender.
Drain the cauliflower with potatoes and transfer them into large kitchen bowl. Mash them with potato masher & set aside to cool it.
Reheat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in large skillet on medium heat and fry chopped onion for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Add cubed ham and fry the ham until slightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Remove it from the heat and add it to the mashed cauliflower and potatoes. Also add these remaining ingredients: cheeses, eggs, breadcrumbs, flour and season with salt and pepper. If you have a favourite seasoning like garlic salt or celery salt, feel free to use it.
Combine all the ingredients with spatula. With a help of ice cream scooper, start to roll balls in a size of ping-pong balls. Then flatten them in between palm of your hands to the shape of mini cakes. Cover in seasoned breadcrumbs.
Heat large skillet to medium/high heat with the rest of the vegetable oil and fry mini fritters for 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Try to fit as much as fritters you can into the skillet.
Place mini fritters on plate lined with paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve them immediately with curry dipping sauce & arugula leaves.
- If you don't like cauliflower, you can also use broccoli as a vegetable substitute.
- If you want to keep this recipe strictly vegetarian, you can omit ham cubes.
- Baked option: Please see instructions for baked option in the recipe.