It’s football season and you know what that means… we need some kinda game food. Let’s face it, even if you’re not into football, snacks and appetizers are always fun to eat, like these cauliflower poppers.
Let me start by saying that these poppers do not have cheese in them (in case you are like my husband who thinks poppers = veggies and cheese).
On to the business at hand. Cauliflower. I bought a head of cauliflower, having no particular recipe to use it in. Since it’s one of my favorite veggies I knew I’d come up with some way to eat it (even if that meant eating it raw with some ranch dressing) and I needed to make sure I did so before it got scary in the back of the fridge.
I searched my pantry to see what I had on hand and realized I had recently bought Chipotle flavored panko crumbs. Yes, folks, I said Chipotle. Crazy, right? Now I was on to something. Pretty sure we were walking by it and my husband who loves pretty much anything chipotle saw them and put them in the cart.
I whipped up these bad boys in a jiffy and that meant that we had an awesome snack to munch on while we watched a game. Go Pats!
The panko crumbs create a lovely crust on the outside. It almost acts like a barrier for the cauliflower, which gets nice and tender. Take that, fryer! No need for you! The chipotle flavored panko crumbs really does add some heat to this party. How awesome is that? You don’t have to add other seasonings to it to give it a kick. By the way, you can certainly use plain panko crumbs instead if you’re not into spicy food or you are preparing them for kids.
Warning, these are addictive! My husband and I polished off this entire batch in an afternoon. (P.S., ranch dressing goes awesome with these poppers.) I don’t feel the least bit guilty. I’d say that these are pretty healthy, especially in comparison to the calorie laden nachos and other fried foods that are notorious while watching the game.
Like I said before, this is not strictly food for sports fans. Holiday entertaining season will be upon us soon and I know that I’ll be making these awesome cauliflower poppers again as an appetizer.
Cauliflower Poppers Recipe
(for 2 or more)
- 1 head of cauliflower
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups of panko breadcrumbs (I used Chipotle seasoned panko breadcrumbs)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Lay down parchment paper, tin foil, or a silicon mat on a baking sheet and set it aside.
- Cut the cauliflower to make small florets. Wash them and pat them dry. I discarded the harder bits of stem but you definitely don’t have to.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper.
- Put about 1/2 a cup of the panko crumbs into another small bowl. As it runs low, add more crumbs about 1/2 cup at a time. The panko crumbs stick to the cauliflower best when the crumbs are still nice and dry. The crumbs tend to get wet from the egg coating as you go.
- In an assembly line fashion, dunk each floret in the egg mixture, and then into the panko crumbs and then move them to the baking sheet.
- Bake them for 30 to 35 minutes or until the panko crumbs have browned.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
Here are some other great game day foods.