Crispy, cheesy and full of barbecue flavor — these BBQ Cauliflower Tots make the perfect addition to any summer meal!
Cauliflower is one of those vegetables where you have to make sure you cook it right. Steamed cauliflower smells and tastes not good to many people (although I could eat a bowl of steam cauliflower with a little salt and pepper no problem…). To make cauliflower more delicious, you can actually rice it into tiny pieces to make a hash-brown/rice texture that can be used for many things.
To make these cauli-tots, I combined riced cauliflower (made in my food processor) with Mexican-blend shredded cheese, corn meal, an egg for binder, and the star ingredient: barbecue sauce!
This recipe is inspired by my sister, Leslie. A couple weeks ago while we were moving, she came over to help pack and brought her lunch knowing that I didn’t have any food in the kitchen. She unpacked this little box of cauli-tots and since I didn’t have any ketchup, she dipped them into some BBQ sauce.
That got me thinking– why not add the BBQ sauce directly to the tot itself?
End result: YUM! They’re crispy, cheesy, and the cauliflower tastes great in tot-form.
Here’s the recipe for BBQ Cauliflower-Tots!
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- 1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup cornmeal
- ½ tsp salt
- Fresh black pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
- To shred the cauliflower: chop half a head of cauliflower into small pieces, place into a food processor. Pulse until riced. Place in a large bowl and squeeze out excess moisture carefully with a paper towel.
- Combine the rest of the ingredients into the bowl and stir to combine.
- Scoop the mixture by spoonful into each tin and press down firmly.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve with ketchup or BBQ sauce for dipping! Or, combine half ketchup half BBQ sauce for a delicious dip.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!