Has anyone taken note of how versatile the cauliflower is? I have. I’m also sure that due to the Banting craze, most foodies, chefs and home cooks have started using this very underrated vegetable.
So the basic principles of gnocchi apply here, what I tasted was nothing that would scare you away from making it, and due to the flour and egg additions, the cauliflower almost looses its flavour completely – which is a good thing for people (kids…or some grownups) that tend to not be vegetable eaters.
I also urge you to actually make a batch of either the sweet potato gnocchi or this recipe, as once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s the easiet side to any meal…or even just on its own, and it’s not as complicated as you might think.
Gnocchi is also famously brilliant sautéed in butter with fresh sage leaves, so the frills of trying to figure out a sauce or anything to go with it, is not something that needs to be overly thought of!
It’s simple food, that when made correctly, is amazing. That’s why I love it.
- 550g of cauliflower (about 1 big head), processed finely in a food processor.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 whole egg
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups of gluten free flour and extra for kneading
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of baking powder
- In a microwaveable dish, heat the cauliflower for 3 minutes on high. In a clean dish towel, squeeze out the excess moisture, with a tongs (see picture below)
- Add the eggs to a large bowl, with the cauliflower, 1 1/2 cups of gluten free flour, salt and baking powder.
- Mix until the dough comes together, add more flour as needed – until you can form a ball.
- Transfer to a floured surface and knead, dusting with flour when needed, leave to rest for about 1o minutes.
- Prepare a pot of water with salt and olive oil, place this on a high heat and bring it up to the boil.
- Now divide your dough into about 12 equal pieces, roll out each piece to start cutting you gnocchi.
- Start cutting your gnocchi pieces and get a helper to fork them for you. The indentations help keep them pretty, but also lap up flavors and sauces.
- Once you have all your gnocchi cut and prepared, drop the gnocchi into the boiling water (in batches) and once they start bobbing to the surface, transfers them to an oiled oven tray, or directly to your sauce.
The above plate is a basic Neapolitan sauce, with peas, Parmesan and fresh pea shots.
This plate is portabellini mushrooms, black truffle oil, peas and broccoli.
Ok guys. You know I love using cauliflower, in as much as I can. From sushi bowls, to egg fried “rice” to pizza, to fritters.
I did this recipe the other day, as I needed to make a “packed” lunch for my vegetarian, as she was on the road, and only after did I then have to figure out what I actually put in them, but don’t worry, I remembered, tried the recipe again, and all is well in the world of Food by Jill. 🙂
Falafels, as you might know, are deep fried balls that are made from chickpeas or fava beans – or even both, its a Middle Eastern favorite, served with fresh pita breads loads of hummus or pickled vegetables – and it’s a huge part of the street food culture in this countries. Rich in protein, it’s a brilliant snack option for vegetarians, or even kids lunchboxes.
1/2 head of Cauliflower
1 Handful of coriander
1 Handful of kale (stalks removed)
1 tin of chickpeas
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup of brown rice flour
Seasonings like – ground cumin, chili, salt and pepper, paprika
Depending on your taste – go wild!
Process all of these ingredients in a food processor, until fairly smooth. Shape into little balls and deep fry until golden in coconut oil, on a medium heat.
I served these with thick cut roasted sweet potato chips, that I roasted with loads of fresh herbs, and also a pea “guacamole” – which was 1 cup of blanched peas, to 1 large avocado – blend the two and season with salt and pepper, and the juice of 2 limes! Rich in protein and so yummy!
Soooooo, we on this trend of being healthy! Eating less processed carbohydrates, or just less processed items in general!
I love the cauliflower pizza base idea! It packs an amazing flavour punch and is obviously much healthier (just don’t over dose with cheese)
Ingredients for the base:
1 cup of cauliflower (finely chopped in a food processor or grated)
1/2 cup of low fat grated mozzarella
5 tablespoons of almond flour
3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon of chopped mixed herbs (any that you prefer) I use oregano
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 egg beaten
Set your oven to 200 degrees celcius
Mix the base ingredients in a bowl, shape into a circle or spread out onto a prepared baking tray and pop into the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown!
I use a basic tomato sauce for the base
Top with your choosen ingredients and pop back into the oven to melt
I don’t pile the pizza with toppings, bearing in mind that the cauliflower doesn’t “harden” like a normal pizza base!
So that’s that!
Be creative and enjoy the process!
It’s ridiculously yummy! 🍴❤️