2 cups cauliflower florets
2 eggs (or 1 if it’s extra-large)
½ cup onion, minced
¼ bell pepper, minced
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup minced cilantro or parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Cooking spray or oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray or lightly grease with oil.
- Steam cauliflower in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes or until soft. Drain and chop fine or blend in the food processor for a few seconds.
- In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon about one tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and form to the desired shape.
- Place on a cookie sheet ½ inch apart and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Turn over halfway through cooking.
Makes: 2 dozen (depending on size)
Total Time: 30 minutes
About the Chef
Name of Chef: Christine Bevilacqua
Family: Daughters – Catherine, Lucia, and Sophia; Partner – Gregory
Community: Carlsbad Village
Hobbies/Interests: Yoga, gardening, renewable energy policy
Favorite Local Activity: The beach and State Street Farmers’ Market
About the Recipe: The cauliflower in my community garden plot did so well this winter I was running out of recipe ideas to use it. The idea of cauliflower tots made me very happy as I love cauliflower and tater tots! So this is a great alternative to the traditional potato tots that have no nutritional value. Everyone loves these – they are great for kids and as party finger food. I use extra cilantro in mine just because I love it. I’ve also done a variation with curry powder that was great with yogurt dipping sauce. It’s a little hard to make a perfect tot shape, so don’t worry about that – little balls, ovals, or mini-cakes – they all taste great!
About the Chef: I’m originally from Cleveland, OH but have lived in San Diego County for the last 16 years. When I moved to Carlsbad Village in 2008 I looked for ways to become involved with my community and promote the importance of environmentally sustainable practices. As VP of communications for the Carlsbad Community Gardens Collaborative, and as a Smerdu Community Garden plot holder, I’ve been learning a lot about growing my own food. It’s been a fun and delicious journey! I have enjoyed working with my awesome fellow CCGC board members on garden advocacy and education over the past three years, as well as meeting many local residents who support community gardening in Carlsbad. This spring I’ll be graduating with a Master’s Degree in Urban Sustainability and I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and skills here in North County.