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Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

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Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

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These Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites are savory, cheesy, and perfectly crispy. They’re great as an appetizer, a snack, or even a side dish. Let’s dive in and make these scrumptious bites that are sure to be a hit!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

These cauliflower bites are a fantastic low-carb alternative to traditional cheesy snacks. They’re packed with flavor from the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder, and they get wonderfully crispy in the oven. Plus, they’re easy to make and a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet!

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
Salt (optional)

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How to Make This Recipe:

Steam the Cauliflower: Steam cauliflower florets until tender, about 10-15 minutes.
Prepare the Cauliflower Crumbs: Pulse the steamed cauliflower in a food processor until finely crumbled.
Remove Excess Moisture: Transfer the cauliflower crumbs to a cheesecloth (or a clean kitchen towel) and squeeze out as much excess moisture as possible.
Mix the Ingredients: In a bowl, combine the cauliflower crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic powder. Add salt if desired.
Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Form the Bites: Scoop the cauliflower mixture using a cookie scoop or spoon, form into balls, and then gently flatten into thin disks.
Bake: Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cool: Allow the bites to cool completely on the baking sheet before serving.

 

Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

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Variations:

Spicy Twist: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the mixture for a spicy kick.
Herb Infusion: Mix in some fresh chopped basil or thyme for an added herbal flavor.
Cheese Lover’s: Sprinkle some shredded mozzarella cheese on top before baking for an extra cheesy touch.

Equipment:

Food processor
Cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel
Mixing bowl
Cookie scoop or spoon
Baking sheet
Parchment paper

Storage:

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or air fryer to regain crispiness.

What to Serve with This Recipe:

These cauliflower bites are perfect on their own, but they also pair wonderfully with a dipping sauce like marinara, ranch, or a spicy aioli. They’re also great served alongside a fresh salad or as a side to your favorite main dish.

Tips:

Ensure the cauliflower is well-drained to achieve the best texture.
Use freshly grated Parmesan cheese for the best flavor and texture.
Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet to allow the bites to cook evenly and get crispy.

FAQ:

Can I use frozen cauliflower?
Yes, but be sure to thaw and drain it well to remove as much moisture as possible.

Can I make these bites ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake.

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Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites

Yield: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 37 minutes

These Crispy Cauliflower Parmesan Bites are savory, cheesy, and perfectly crispy.

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Salt (optional)

Instructions

Steam cauliflower florets until tender (10-15 minutes).
Pulse steamed cauliflower in a food processor until finely crumbled.
Transfer cauliflower crumbs to a cheesecloth (or clean kitchen towel) and squeeze out excess moisture.
In a bowl, combine cauliflower crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic powder. Add salt if desired.
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop cauliflower mixture using a cookie scoop or spoon, forming into balls, and then gently flatten into thin disks.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before serving.

Notes

Approximate Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 80 per serving
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fat: 5g

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