Following the success which was the zucchini fritters last week, I set about thinking of other ways that I could make fritters, and a quick Pinterest search revealed that cauliflower ones were definitely the way forward! If you're eating low carb cauliflower is definitely your friend as you can eat it so many ways, my particular favourites being as a pizza base and as a bolognese alternative. I always find that one of the hardest things to source when you eat this way and don't eat meat is things to snack on; if you eat meat you're able to snack on meat on the go, but it's a bit harder if you don't.
These fritters are just the answer to that problem, they make a perfect main meal- I had some with a chunky tomato sauce and a poached egg, but they're also great to snack on. Another great thing about this recipe is that it basically uses the exact same mixture as the cauliflower crust pizza, so you can just make a huge batch of it then make pizza with half and fritters with the other half! Now I normally cook the cauliflower when I do this and then wring the excess water out but I have tried and the pizzas so seem to work fine without doing that, though they're not quite as crispy. This particularly appeals to me as I don't like spending too long cooking (despite having a cooking blog!) so this way I can make a big batch of the mixture at the weekend then cook it up during the week saving lots of time for other important tasks, like reading other peoples blogs or Pinteresting. To do this just double the recipe, the mixture keeps for about 3 days in the fridge.
So you will need:
- One small cauliflower
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup grated cheese, preferably a strong cheese like mature cheddar or vegetarian parmesan
- 1/2 a cup almond meal
- Cut the cauliflower into small florets and place in a food processor, you can also grate it if you don't have a food processor, though this can be pretty messy! add the cauliflower to a colander with about two teaspoons of salt and let it drain for about 10 minutes
- Add to a bowl and add the other ingredients and mix well, the mixture should come together like a thick dough though it will be more crumbly than a normal dough- this is fine.
- Take a big non stick frying pan and heat some oil on a medium heat
- Take big tablespoons of the mixture and put in the pan, flattening them down with the back of the spoon
- Leave to cook for about 5 minutes (they might take slightly less or more time depending on their size) then turn over and leave to cook for the same amount of time on the other side.
- Remove and enjoy!