Almond-Fried Cauliflower

Nobody can ever accuse you of being TOO healthy when you serve this. Unlike my momma’s awesome fried zucchini, this is “Whole 30-compliant.” However, I’m not saying you should eat this every day. It is, after all, fried in oil. However, with winter just around the corner, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and dinners are getting more substantial. So bring on the goods, baby.

A word about my cooking style, as you’ll note below. For a simple recipe like this, I don’t prescribe measurements; I give guidelines. I know nobody makes recipes exactly as written anyway – we all gotta tweak ’em just a little, right?! – so I’m just going to let you do your thing and be adventurous. I don’t typically measure this stuff myself, so it would just be weird and fake for me to make up measurements for you to follow.

So, here goes….

Almond-Fried Cauliflower*

Slice a small head of cauliflower into (OK, very small) “steaks” about 1/4″ thick. Reserve the other bits of cauliflower for another use.

Beat 2-3 eggs, mix in some salt, pepper, and garlic salt (or other spices as desired – cumin might be good!).

Almond Fried Cauliflower Prep

Eggs, cauliflower, salt, pepper, spices (garlic salt here), avocado oil, and almond flour = delish!

Heat a couple of tablespoons of avocado oil in a pan on the stove. No need to get all crazy. It’s easy to add more if you need it, but it sucks to waste it and dump used oil later. This stuff is like gold.

Dip the cauliflower in the egg and then roll in almond flour. My favorite brand is Anthony’s, but any brand will do. Bob’s Red Mill makes it as well, or you can if you’re feeling particularly industrious and Martha Stewart-y.

Fry on medium high heat 2-3 minutes each side until cauliflower is soft and coating is crisp.

Almond Fried Cauliflower Frying

I’ll bet these would also be decent baked. Next time, cauliflower….Next time.

Drain on paper towels.

Almond Fried Cauliflower Done

Looks like the stuff that will puff you up like the Pillsbury Doughboy…but it’s NOT!

Enjoy plain or with a dressing or dip of your choice.┬áNo-sugar Balsamic vinaigrette is a good choice if you’re doing Whole 30. If not doing W30, these little nuggets are great dipped in bleu cheese or ranch dressing.

Let me know what you think! Also try this with zucchini, tomatoes, or…hmmm…. eggplant? No? Gimme some suggestions!

 

*Make this Almond-Fried Cauliflower Deluxe by sprinkling chopped scallions on it. Scallions make everything sound cooler.

 

 

 

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